History: Iranian History

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben-Haim

Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim is a Rosh Yeshiva in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University. He is the Av Beit Din of Mekor Haim in Queens, New York, and a prominent leader of New York’s Sephardi Jewish community.


Rabbi Ari Lamm

Rabbi Ari Lamm completed his B.A. in History & Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University, and his M.A. in Jewish Studies and Eastern Christianity at University College London. He completed his Semichah at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 2015, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity at Princeton University. He was Yeshiva University’s first ever recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, which took him to London for his M.A. In addition, he has received a Henry Kressel Research Scholarship, a Tikvah Postgraduate Fellowship, and is currently a Wexner Graduate Fellow. Rabbi Lamm is the Special Advisor to the President of Yeshiva University, a position he started in June with the election of YU’s fifth president, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman. He works closely with the president on all matters concerning the university’s mission and vision, and oversees the intellectual and philosophical initiatives emerging from the Office of the President. Previously Rabbi Lamm was the William Fischman Resident Scholar at the Jewish Center on the Upper West Side. He is passionate about exploring Jewish identity through the study of Jewish history and archaeology during the Biblical, Second Temple and Rabbinic eras. His regular classes on Judaism and the origins of Christianity have garnered a wide, online listenership, and have been spotlighted on Voice of Israel radio. He is also a founding editor and contributing author at The Lehrhaus. He is also keenly aware of Jewish responsibilities to the rest of humankind, and to that end is an Executive Committee Member of the Sri Lanka based organization, “Global Unites,” which promotes grassroots, non-violent, youth-based peace-making in conflict-torn areas from Africa and southeast Asia to Latin America and the Middle East.  Rabbi Ari Lamm will be teaching at YU’s Community Beit Midrash for the Fall 2017 semester. Sample Titles Hero or Hypocrite? Attacks on the Pharisees During the Second Temple Period Faith & Fanatacism: The Maccabees & Christian Martyrdom From the Persian Empire to the U.N. – Hakamat...


Dr. Daniel Tsadik

Daniel Tsadik is an assistant Professor at Yeshiva University (New York) and a visiting assistant Professor at the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Tsadik obtained his PhD in 2002 from the Yale University History Department specializing in the areas of Iranian and Middle Eastern history as well as in history of the Jews under Islam. His research focuses on the modern history of Iran, Shi’ah Islam, and Iran’s religious minorities. Subsequent to his studies at Yale, Dr. Tsadik has been teaching at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and elsewhere. He received fellowships from various places, including Tel-Aviv University’s Dayan Center for the research of Islam and the Middle East, the Hebrew University’s Golda Meir Fellowship Trust and Warburg Fellowship of the Institute for Judaic Studies, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin’s Institute for Advanced Study, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. Dr. Tsadik has authored a book entitled Between Foreigners and Shi‘is: Nineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007). He also has published articles in his fields of interest, such as “The Legal Status of Religious Minorities: Imami Shi‘i Law and Iran’s Constitutional Revolution,” Islamic Law and Society 10, 3 (2003), 376-408; “Nineteenth Century Shi‘i Anti-Christian Polemics and the Jewish Aramaic Nevuat ha-Yeled [The Prophecy of the Child],” Iranian Studies 37 (2004), 5-15; and “Religious Disputations of Imami Shi‘is against Judaism in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries,” Studia Iranica, 34 (2005), 95-134. Sample Titles Islam’s Attitude Towards the Jews Quran and the Jews Muslim-Jewish Polemics Iran, Shi’ah Islam, and the Jews Jews of Iran Maimonides on...

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