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Deena Aranoff

Senior Lecturer in Medieval Jewish Studies
(On sabbatical for the Fall 2021 semester)

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 649-2487
Degrees and Certifications

PhD, Columbia University

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Jewish society and culture in medieval and early-modern Europe
  • Rabbinic literature
  • Medieval patterns of Jewish thought
  • Continuity and change in Jewish history
Selected Publications
  • “Mother’s Milk: Childrearing and the Production of Jewish Culture,” Journal of Jewish Identities, 2019, 12(1)

  • “The Biblical root ʹmn: Retrieval of a term and its Household Context” in Simon Bronner, Jane Kanarek and Marjorie Lehman eds., Mothers in Jewish Culture (Littman Press, 2017)

  • "'Judaism over Time,' Reflections on Yosef Yerushalmi’s Zakhor," Sh’ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas, 2012.
  • “Elijah Levita: A Jewish Hebraist,” Jewish History, 2008