Public Engagements

  1. “The Temple Mount in Rabbinic Literature: Continuity or Change,” February 2000 at Baltimore Hebrew University.
  2. “Judaism and Hellenism: Conflict and Cooptation,” December 2000 at the Shaarey Zedek Congregation, West Bloomfield MI.
  3. “Jewish Sovereignty through the Ages,” May 2001 at the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County.
  4. “Current Topics in Jewish Studies – The Temple Mount: Past, Present and Future,” November 2001 at the Beth Israel Congregation, Ann Arbor.
  5. “Sacred Space and Middle Eastern Reality,” May 2002; keynote speaker at the annual banquet of the Michigan alumni club of Ft. Wayne IN.
  6. “Who Did Rabbi Aqiva Meet Near the Holy of Holies: The Temple Mount in Time, Space, and Memory,” December 2002 at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York.
  7. “Jews and Graeco-Roman Culture – 50 Years after Lieberman,” February 2004 at the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA); second version (in Hebrew) in March 2005 at the Department for the Study of the Land Of Israel, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan.
  8. “Another View at the Supposed Conflict between Jews and Roman Culture,” October 2004 at the Israeli Academy of Sciences, Jerusalem.
  9. “A Jew in the Roman Bath-House: Another View on the Encounter between Judaism and Graeco-Roman Culture,” March 2005 at the Department of Jewish History, Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva.
  10. “Place and Memory in Post Second Temple Judaism,” April 2005, at the Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Memory, Institute of Advance Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
  11. “God’s Mountain: The Temple Mount in Jewish Tradition,” February 2006, University of Illinois-Chicago.
  12. “History and Archaeology of Ancient Israel/Palestine,” March 2006, Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County, Israel’s Educators Fellowship Seminar.
  13. “Are the Rabbis Still Relevant?” The U of M Student Socrates Club, April 2006.
  14. “The Land of Israel: Geography, History, and Culture,” Ha-magshimim fellowship of Hadassah, Ann Arbor, October 2006.
  15. “Judaism and Racism in the Ancient World,” Martin Luther King’s Day Symposium, Department of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, January 2007.
  16. “Roman Statues, Rabbis, and Greco-Roman Culture,” February 2008, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
  17. “Middle Eastern Conflicts in Historical perspective,” J-Street Panel Discussion, University of Michigan, December 2012.
  18. “Current Israeli Politics from Historical perspective,” University of Michigan Students Israel Cohort Annual Dinner, March 2013.
  19. “Jerusalem: Ancient Roots of Modern Conflicts,” Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, March 2014.
  20. “Changing the Ways We Teach the Ancient World,” Provost’s Seminar on Teaching, Thinking Long-Term: Next Steps for Engaged Learning at U-M and Beyond, May 2016.