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Dr. Alexander Kaye is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is the Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University.

He  received a Ph.D. in Jewish history from Columbia University, and a B.A. and M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge. He is ordained as a rabbi, having received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, and served as Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York. Previously he taught at Princeton University and The Ohio State University.

Dr. Kaye’s research is on Jewish intellectual history and the history of political and legal thought. With David N. Myers, he co-edited The Faith of Fallen Jews, a collection of works by the late Prof. Yosef H. Yerushalmi. His new book, The Invention of Jewish Theocracy, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is a history of the idea, espoused by many religious Zionists, that the State of Israel should be run by halakha.

Dec 3, 2023

Exploring how we understand the American Jewish story in light of the complexities of race and class in America.

Alexander Kaye


Jan 2, 2023

Is claiming religious freedom the best way for Jews to respond to the recent Supreme Court decision?

Jul 6, 2021

Alexander Kaye looks at different Jewish attitudes toward Diaspora and asks how we want to think about the Diaspora going forward.

Oct 26, 2020

Daily bite-size teachings from diverse Hartman scholars in Israel and North America. 

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics