Faculty Directory
Richard Hidary


Associate Professor of Jewish History


Beren campus - 215 Lexington Ave

BA, Yeshiva University,

PhD, New York University,

Rabbinic Ordination, Shehebar Sephardic Center, 2000

Richard Hidary is an Associate Professor of Judaic studies at Yeshiva University. He studied at Yeshiva University and Yeshivat Har Etzion, received rabbinic ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University.

He teaches courses in Bible, Second Temple Jewish history and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Talmud and Midrash, and Jewish ethics. His research interests focus on comparison of Talmud Yerushalmi and Bavli, Talmud and legal theory, and rhetorical analysis of the Talmud.

Richard was awarded a McCracken Fellowship from New York University and was a graduate fellow in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies at Cardozo Law School. He was recently a Starr fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies. He is currently a Katz Family Fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.

He is the author of Dispute for the Sake of Heaven: Legal Pluralism in the Talmud (Brown University Press, 2010) and Rabbis as Greco-Roman Rhetors: Sophistic Education and Oratory in the Talmud and Midrash (Cambridge University Press, 2018).


His articles appear in AJS Review, Conversations, Dead Sea Discoveries, Dine Israel, Encyclopedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Jewish Review of Books, Jewish Studies an Internet Journal, Madaei Hayahadut, Mehkerei Yerushalaim be-Sifrut Ivrit, Moment Magazine, and Okimta. Rabbi Hidary is currently writing a new translation and commentary on a section of tractate Sanhedrin. He also directs Merkaz Moreshet Yisrael, which runs the websites teachtorah.org, pizmonim.org, and rabbinics.org.


Beren campus - 215 Lexington Ave


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Classical Jewish History
JHIS 1201


Honors Prog Senior Project I
JUDS 4910H


Intro Tannaitic Literature
TAS 5801


Midrash Scripture:King David
JUDS 1874


Midrash in Context
JHI 5214


Dead Sea Scrolls
JHIS 1235


Selected Texts: Ein Yaakov
JUDS 1873


Truth Justice:Tal Rom Law
JHI 6240