My book, The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation (Brill, 2018), examines the ways in which religious leaders within early Jewish and Christian communities conceived of the obligation to rebuke their fellows based upon the biblical verse: “Do not hate your kinsfolk in your heart, rebuke your fellow but do not incur sin” (Leviticus 19:17).  Analyzing texts from the Bible through the Talmud and late midrashim as well as early Christian monastic writings, I expose a shift from asking how to rebuke in the Second Temple period, to whether one can rebuke in early rabbinic texts, to whether one should rebuke in later rabbinic and monastic sources.

My next project, tentatively titled Propaganda, Deception, and Censorship: The Rabbinic Production of Knowledge, explores the manifold ways through which the rabbis of late antiquity fabricate history and law. Drawing upon insights from propaganda studies, trauma and postcolonial theory, as well as rhetorical criticism, this project examines rabbinic literature as a microcosm for understanding the partisan construction and dissemination of knowledge in the ancient world.


PhD (2017)   Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

MA (2010)   Judaic Studies, Jewish Theological Seminary

BA (2007)   Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University



The Dangerous Duty of Rebuke: Leviticus 19:17 in Early Jewish and Christian Interpretation (Brill, Journal for the Study of Judaism, Supplement Series vol. 185; 2018)

The Talmud (coauthoring with J. L. Rubenstein; under contract with Oxford University Press, Guide to Sacred Texts Series; anticipated 2020)

Binding Fragments of Tractate Temurah and the Problem of Lishana Aharina (coauthored with L. H. Schiffman; Brill, Brill Reference Library of Judaism Series vol. 58; 2018)


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

“You Must Rebuke Your Fellow!: Midrash Tanhuma’s Subversion of Bavli Arakhin 16b.” Hebrew Union College Annual 88 (2017): 89-112.

“The Structure of the Matthean Antitheses in Light of Second Temple and Rabbinic Sources.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 40:2 (2017): 214-235.

“Murder, Anger, and Altars: The First Matthean Antithesis in Light of Exodus 21:14 and its Early Rabbinic Interpretation.” Novum Testamentum 59:4 (2017): 1-18.

“Rebuke, Lending, and Love: An Early Exegetical Tradition on Leviticus 19:17–18.” Journal of Biblical Literature 136.2 (2017): 309-323.

“Rebuke and the Self-Acknowledged Limits of Rabbinic Authority.” Jewish Studies Quarterly 23:1 (2016): 1-21.


Non-Refereed Journal Articles

“Dual Dimensions of Discipline in Jewish Wisdom and Early Rabbinic Sources.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 35:3 (2017): 115-133.

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