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Research Fellow

Dr. Sarah Wolf is Assistant Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary and a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She is also a member of the inaugural cohort of North American David Hartman Center Fellows. Sarah received her Ph.D from Northwestern University in 2018 and her B.A. in Literature from Yale University.

Sarah’s current research explores the use of emotions as legal categories in rabbinic literature. Her work puts classical Jewish legal thought into conversation with contemporary Anglo-American legal theory, a research interest which she developed as a fellow at Cardozo Law School’s Consortium in Jewish Studies and Legal Theory.

Sarah has taught rabbinics in a variety of settings, including the Dr. Beth Samuels Drisha High School Program; Nishma: A Summer of Torah Study at the JTS Beit Midrash; SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva; and the first ever Talmud MOOC on Coursera.

Feb 28, 2024

Sarah Wolf


Jul 12, 2021

Sarah Wolf explores how we perceive and respond to difficult questions around big issues in our communities.

Feb 5, 2021

How can God prohibit an emotion? And why would God even be concerned about how people feel as long as they are doing the right thing?

Jun 11, 2020

From the blog of Wabash Center, Teaching and Learning During Crisis

Jun 2, 2020

A Closer Look at Close Reading

May 20, 2020

Sarah Wolf, “The Rabbinic Legal Imagination: Scholasticism and Narrativity in the Babylonian Talmud” (Ph.D Dissertation, Northwestern University, 2018).

Oct 25, 2018

Instead of a Jonah narrative, in which we insist that everything is happening to us by those in power, and we need to work on our own relationships to sexuality and power.

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