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Research Fellow

Dr. Shaul Magid is a Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He is a Professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College, where he teaches Jewish Studies and Religion, rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue in Sea View, NY, contributing editor to Tablet Magazine and editor of Jewish Thought and Culture at Tikkun Magazine. He is also a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research. Shaul received his rabbinical ordination in Jerusalem and his PhD from Brandeis University.

Shaul’s academic work focuses on Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, and modern Jewish thought with specific emphasis on American Judaism, Jewishness, and collective identity.

He has published numerous books, including American Post-Judaism (Indiana University Press, 2013), which investigates questions of ethnicity in a post-ethnic society, From Metaphysics to Midrash: Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Lurianic Kabbalah which won the 2008 American Academy of Religion Best Book Award and Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism (Stanford University Press, 2014), which explores the deep engagement of Hasidism and invites us to reconsider the differences between Judaism and Christianity in a world not burdened by the Christian persecution of Jews.

His most recent books are: The Bible, the Talmud and the New Testament: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik’s Commentary to the Gospels, and Piety and Rebellion: Studies in Hasidism, and , and Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical.

Jun 21, 2024

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

Shaul Magid


Mar 6, 2023

Purim is an amalgam of things forming a tapestry that the rabbinic imagination weaves together – joining narrative with commemoration – in fascinating and curious ways.

Jan 16, 2023

A Hasidic teaching suggests that power, rather than bringing about liberation, achieves just the opposite.

Mar 19, 2022

Remembering is a central tenet of Judaism, and to some degree this is true. What we often forget is that forgetting is just as important.

Feb 16, 2021

Why weren’t Haredi Jews troubled by Trump’s conspiracy-mongering?

Jan 7, 2021

Israel boycotters and the right-wing settlers are unwittingly working toward the same end.

Jan 5, 2021

The Plagues Project: leading Jewish thinkers reflect on the ways that Jews have thought about Plagues for the last 3,000 years.

Dec 1, 2020

Is American Hasidism in crisis? Much has been written lately about the politicization of the Hasidic world in America, particularly its full-throttled support of Donald Trump.

Nov 9, 2020

What good is the Diaspora? Here are two important views, from unexpected places.

Sep 18, 2020

The Civil Rights movement as a starting point for reflection on Jewishness and whiteness in the United States.

Sep 16, 2020

Shaul Magid translates a parable embedded in a long homily from Rosh ha-Shana 1925

Sep 10, 2020

Literature is a speck of hope in the age of Kyle Rittenhouse

Sep 3, 2020

Shaul Magid explores the way the narrative of the Akedah has been understood in the modern Jewish imagination.

Jul 27, 2020

The message is that Israel’s woes are the consequence of Israel’s faults, that its wounds are self-inflicted. The mourning, perhaps, is not of the destruction but the inability to see the destruction as a mirror of the self.

Jul 24, 2020

I don’t understand why those decrying “cancel culture” claim it’s something new. It’s only a thing because of who’s doing the cancelling.

Jul 6, 2020

Twenty years after a major statement by Jews reaching out to Christians, it’s time to ask again what we have to teach each other.

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