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    The Arch of Titus Project on Coursera!  
    The Arch of Titus: Rome and the Menorah explores one of the most significant Roman monuments to survive from antiquity, from the perspectives of Roman, Jewish and later Christian history and art. The Arch of Titus commemorates the destruction of Jerusalem by the emperor Titus in 70 CE, an event of pivotal importance for the history of the Roman Empire, of Judaism, of Christianity and of modern nationalism.  Together with your guide, Professor Steven Fine, director of the Center for Israel Studies, you will examine ancient texts and artifacts, gaining skills as a historian as you explore the continuing significance of the Arch of Titus from antiquity to the very present. Course members will accompany Professor Fine on virtual "fieldtrips" to museums and historical sites in Los Angeles and New York where you will "meet" curators, scholars and artists. You will attend an academic colloquium and even "participate" in office hours. Students will participate in the latest advancement in the study of the Arch - the restoration of its original colors. You will learn how color was used in Roman antiquity and apply that knowledge to complete your own 'color restoration' of the Arch of Titus menorah relief. Read more about this project on the YU News. 

    The YU Center for Israel Studies 2015 conference, commemorating:

    Yitzhak Rabin: Twenty Years After



    View the entire conference at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYZ3cLT3v5U





      Sunday November 1, 2015, 10:00-4:00,    
      Weissberg Commons, Yeshiva University,    
      500 West 185th St, New York.   
      For the security of all, admission is only upon presentation of a valid ID.
     10:00.  Greetings:   
    President Richard Joel, Yeshiva University   
    Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York    
    Mrs. Dalia Rabin, Chair, Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv   
    10:30-1230.  Session 1:  From the Yeshiva     
     Rabbi Yosef Blau (YU),    
    Rabbi Shalom Carmy (YU),    
    Rabbi Ozer Glickman (YU)
      12:30-1:30. Lunch Break   
    1:30-4:00.  Session 2:  From the University   
    Dr. Robert O. Freedman (Johns Hopkins), The Ups and Downs of US-Israeli Relations Since the Rabin Assassination   
    Dr. Akiva Covitz (YU), Responses to Extremism in Democratic Societies through the Lens of the Rabin Assassination   
    Dr. Selma Botman (YU),  The Arab World's Reaction to the Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin    
    Concluding Comments, Steven Fine (YU)
    Kel Maleh Rahamim, Rabbi Ozer Glickman  
     This event is co-sponsored by:  
     The Consulate General of Israel in New York   
     The Yitzhak Rabin Center, Tel Aviv






    YU Undergraduates refute claims that the Menorah is at the Vatican in an open letter to President Shimon Peres

    "Yeshiva Students Challenge Myths of the Menorah: Theory that Golden Treasure is in the Vatican Disputed by Research," Wall Street Journal, August 14, 2014.    http://online.wsj.com/articles/yeshiva-students-challenge-myths-of-the-menorah-1408069132  

       The Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project    




    The newest publication of the CIS, based upon our 2011 conference:

    Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine brings together an international community of historians, literature scholars and archaeologists to explorehow the integrated study of rabbinic texts and archaeology increases our understanding of both types of evidence, and of the complex culture which they together reflect. This volume reflects a growing consensus that rabbinic culture was an “embodied” culture, presenting a series of case studies that demonstrate the value of archaeology for the contextualization of rabbinic literature. It steers away from later twentieth-century trends, particularly in North America, that stressed disjunction between archaeology and rabbinic literature, and seeks a more holistic approach. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/204 


    Table of Contents


      Steven Fine and Aaron Koller

      Preface v

      Shawn Zelig Aster

      Mishnah Baba Metsia 7:7 and the Relationship of Mishnaic Hebrew to

      Northern Biblical Hebrew 1

      Jonathan Milgram

      Mishnah Baba Batra 8:5 – The Transformation of the Firstborn Son from

      Family Leader to Family Member 19

      Noa Yuval-Hacham

      Mishnah Avodah Zarah 4:5 – The Faces of Effacement: Between Textual and

      Artistic Evidence 29

      Joshua Weistuch and Ben Zion Rosenfeld

      Tosefta Ma‘aser Sheni 1:4 – The Rabbis and Roman Civic Coinage in Late

      Antique Palestine 53

      Yonatan Adler

      Tosefta Shabbat 1:14 – “Come and See the Extent to Which Purity Had Spread”

      An Archaeological Perspective on the Historical Background to a Late

      Tannaitic Passage 63

      Uzi Leibner

      An Illustrated Midrash of Mekilta de R. Ishmael, Vayehi Beshalah, 1 –

      Rabbis and the Jewish Community Revisited 83

      Lawrence H. Schiffman

      Jerusalem Talmud Megillah 1 (71b–72a) – “Of the Making of Books”:

      Rabbinic Scribal Arts in Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls 97

      Alexei Sivertsev

      Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 2,6 (20c) – The Demise of King Solomon and

      Roman Imperial Propaganda in Late Antiquity 111

      Burton L. Visotzky

      Genesis Rabbah 1:1 – Mosaic Torah as the Blueprint of the Universe –

      Insights from the Roman World 127

      R. Steven Notley

      Genesis Rabbah 98:17 – “And Why Is It Called Gennosar?” Recent

      Discoveries at Magdala and Jewish Life on the Plain of Gennosar in the Early

      Roman Period. 141

      Galit Hasan-Rokem

      Leviticus Rabbah 16:1 – “Odysseus and the Sirens” in the Beit Leontis

      Mosaic from Beit She’an 159

      Steven Fine

      Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 51b – Coloring the Temple: Polychromy and the

      Jerusalem Temple in Late Antiquity 191

      Sacha Stern

      Babylonian Talmud, Avodah Zarah 16a – Jews and Pagan Cults in Third-

      Century Sepphoris 205

      Steven D. Fraade

      The Rehov Inscriptions and Rabbinic Literature: Matters of

      Language 225

      Stuart S. Miller

      “This Is the Beit Midrash of Rabbi Eliezer ha-Qappar” (Dabbura Inscription)

      Were Epigraphical Rabbis Real Sages, or Nothing More Than Donors and

      Honored Deceased? 239

      Laura S. Lieber

      The Piyyutim le-Hatan of Qallir and Amittai: Jewish Marriage Customs in

      Early Byzantium 275


      Eric Meyers

      The Use of Archaeology in Understanding Rabbinic Materials:

      An Archaeological Perspective 303

      Daniel Sperber

      The Use of Archaeology in Understanding Rabbinic Materials: A Talmudic

      Perspective 321




    The Center for Israel Studies, established in 2007, is an expression of the longstanding relationship between Yeshiva University and the land and State of Israel. The center nurtures excellence in interdisciplinary scholarship and the teaching of Israel throughout history and across disciplines, with a keen focus upon the modern state.







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    Folktales of Israel Videos Now Online!

    Enjoy footage from our Fall 2011 conference Folktales of Israel: A Festival Honoring Professor Peninnah Schram, now available online:

    Happy Yom Ha'Atzmaut from the CIS!

    The CIS wishes the entire YU Community a happy Yom Ha'Atzmaut! In this video, Rabbi Dr. Bernard Rosensweig, Professor of Jewish History at YU, remembers Yom Ha'Atzmaut 1948, when he was a student at Yeshiva College. Enjoy!



    Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The CIS was deeply involved in Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that ran from March 14 to July 8, 2012. Click here for information on the CIS events and the conference that we sponsored together with the Met in conjunction with the exhibition:

      Ashkelon Menorah close up  



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