In Disempowered King, Yair Lorberbaum,senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, provides a thorough study of the concept of kingship and the powers of the king in Talmudic and biblical sources, against the backdrop of prevalent views in the Roman world.
A professor at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, Yair Lorberbaum has also taught at Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania. His previous book, Image of God: Halakhah and Aggadah, won the Goldstein-Goren Book Award.
In To Be a Jew, Prof. Avi Sagi argues that contrary to the common view that the Zionist author and thinker Joseph Chayim Brenner (1881-1921) sought to disconnect the Zionist future from the Jewish past, Brenner wrote out of a deep Jewish commitment as he created a new conception of Jewish existence.
Sagi, a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, is Director of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies at Bar-Ilan University. His many books include, Judaism: Between Religion and Morality, and Albert Camus and the Philosophy of the Absurd.