Contributor Biographies

Zachary Braiterman is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. He works in modern Jewish philosophy and thought with a focus on aesthetics. He is the author of (God) After Auschwitz: Tradition and Change in Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought (1998) and The Shape of Revelation: Aesthetics and Modern Jewish Thought . He co-edited with Martin Kavka and David Novak the forthcoming Cambridge History of Jewish Philosophy: The Modern Era (2012).

Jacob L. Goodson (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2010) is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Ethics at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He is co-editing (with Brad Elliott Stone) a collection of essays entitled Richard Rorty and the Religious: Christian Engagements with a Secular Philosopher , coming out with Cascade Books in 2012. He serves as the General Editor for The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning , and he has scholarly articles published in The American Journal of Theology and Philosophy and Contemporary Pragmatism .

Hannah E. Hashkes received her Ph.D. in Philosophy entitled: The Role of the Philosopher and Philosophy in American Pragmatism , from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2005. She has been a high school educator and professor of Tanach, Jewish thought, Hebrew literature, philosophy, and women’s studies both in Israel and the United States. Currently Dr. Hashkes is a John Templeton Fellow in the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. She applies conceptual tools of Pragmatist epistemology and contemporary religious thought to her exploration of religious discourse in general and Jewish theology in particular. Hannah lives in Jerusalem with her husband and four children.

Akiba Lerner is Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. Dr. Lerner teaches courses on Jewish philosophy, Judaism and film, and hope and prophetic politics. His research focuses on modern Jewish thought, theologies of hope, Jewish social ethics, political theology, American pragmatism and contemporary liberal thought. He is currently working a book tentatively entitled Redemptive Hope: From the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of Democracy .

Daniel Maoz (Ph.D., Université des Sciences Humaines de Strasbourg, 1986) is a Research Associate in the Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and Vice-president of the Canadian Society for Jewish Studies. He has authored B’Qol Echad: The Sermon on the Mount and Rabbinic Literature (Bethesda, Md.: International Scholars Press, 1995), co-edited From Antiquity to the Post-Modern World: Contemporary Jewish Studies in Canada (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), is finalizing volume one of a two-volume reference work on Aggadic Midrash, and has recently published a number of articles on modern pedagogical application of the ancient Jewish learning method, Chavruta.

Ephraim Meir is Professor of Modern Jewish Philosophy and Head of the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. He is the author of Star from Jacob: Life and Work of Franz Rosenzweig (1994, in Hebrew), Modernes jüdisches Denken (1996), Jewish Existential Philosophers in Dialogue (2004, in Hebrew), Letters of Love: Franz Rosenzweig’s Spiritual Biography and Oeuvre in Light of the Gritli Letters (2006), Towards an Active Memory: Society, Man and God after Auschwitz (2006, in Hebrew), Levinas’s Jewish Thought Between Jerusalem and Athens , (2008) and Differenz und Dialog (2011). Together with A. Even Chen he wrote Between Heschel and Buber: A Comparative Study , to be published this year in Academic Studies Press.