University of Florida
Center for Jewish Studies
102 Walker Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-8020
List of Publications and Scholarships
King, Sanhedrin and Temple: Contemporary Movements Seeking to Establish a ‘Torah State’ and Rebuild the Third Temple 1984-2004 (Jerusalem: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 2006) (Hebrew).
The thesis is currently under review at a major Israeli university press.
1. Maya Leibovich David Ariel-Joel and Motti Inbari (eds.), ‘Who Is a Jew’ in Our Days? Discussions on Jewish Identity, Tel Aviv: Yediot Acharonot Publishers, 2005 (Hebrew).
2. David Ariel-Joel, Maya Leibovitch, Yehoram Mazor and Motti Inbari (eds.), The War of Gog and Magog: Messianism and Apocalypse in the Past and in Modern Times, Tel Aviv: Yediot Acharonot Publishers, 2001 (Hebrew).
Articles in Journals:
1. “Post Zionism within the National Religious Camp: The Case of the Jewish Leadership Movement”, Democratic Culture 11 (2006). (Hebrew) (Forthcoming)
2. “The Oslo Accords and the Temple Mount: A Case Study - The Movement for the Establishment of the Temple”, Hebrew Union College Annual 74 (2003), pp 279-323.
3. “Uzi Meshulam’s ‘Mishkan Ohalim:’ A Contemporary Apocalyptic Messianic Sect in Israel," Studies in Contemporary Jewry 17 (2001), pp.74-87.
Chapters in books:
1. “Uzi Meshulam’s War against the Ashkenazi ‘Rabble’” in: David Ariel-Joel, Maya Leibovitch, Yehoram Mazor and Motti Inbari (eds.), The War of Gog and Magog: Messianism and Apocalypse in the Past and in Modern Times, Tel Aviv: Yediot Acharonot Publishers, 2001, pp. 271-297 (Hebrew).
2. “When Prophecy Fails: Jewish Eschatologists Nearing the Millennium,” The War of Gog and Magog, pp. 298-312 (Hebrew).
1. “Religious Zionism and the Temple Mount Dilemma”.
2. “Fundamentalism in Crisis – The Response of the Gush Emunim Rabbinical Authorities to the Theological Dilemmas Raised by Israel’s Disengagement Plan.”
3. “Messianism and Zealotry in the Ideology of Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg”.
4. “A Temple for All the Nations: Jewish-Christian Cooperation for the Construction of the Third Temple”
Scholarships and Awards
1. 2006/7: The Schusterman Fellowship for Israel Studies, the University of Florida.
2. 5765 (2004/5): Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research Fellow Scholarship.
3. 5765 (2004/5): The Hebrew Union College fellowship.
4. 5764 (2003/4): Excellence award from the Francis Gunter Foundation for research on Jerusalem and its environs.
5. 5763 (2002/3): Herzl Fellow Scholarship.
6. 2001-2006: Scholarship from the Avram Herman Institute for Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
1. March 2006: “Whence the Heavenly Jerusalem? The Politics of Scared Space and the Pursuit of Peace” - The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. - “Religious Zionism and the Temple Mount Dilemma: Major Trends”.
2. August 2005: The Fourteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem – “Religious Zionism and the Temple Mount Dilemma: Major Trends” (Hebrew).
3. June 2005: The Israeli Political Science Association, Tel Aviv-Jaffa – “Zealotry in the Ideology of Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg” (Hebrew).
4. November 2004: Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem – “Maimonides’ Perception of Messianism and Its Influence on Contemporary Reality” (Hebrew).
5. December 2002: Herzl Fellows research workshop in collaboration with the Institute for Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University – “Messianic Movements in Contemporary Israel – A Case Study of the Movement for the Establishment of the Temple” (Hebrew).
6. November 2002: Boston University, “Sweet in the Mouth, Bitter in the Stomach: Apocalyptic Disappointment and its Millennial Mutation” – 7th Annual Conference on Millennialism.
* “Panel: Greater Israel, Oslo and the Aftermath.”
* “The Oslo Accords and the Temple Mount: A Case Study of the Movement for the Establishment of the Temple”.
7. March 2002: Hebrew University, “The Strength of Crisis – Despair, Creativity and Renewal,” academic conference of the Institute for Jewish Studies. “The ‘Mishkan Ohalim’ Movement Headed by Rabbi Uzzi Meshulam: Contemporary Apocalyptic Messianism.”
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Š 2001- 2006: Doctoral studies at the Avraham Herman Institute for Contemporary Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Š 1994 - 1997: MA at the Avraham Herman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My thesis was a pioneering study on new religious movements within Israeli society.
Š 1991 - 1994: BA at the department of political science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Š 2006-7: Schusterman Post Doctoral Associate at the Center for Jewish Studies, University of Florida at Gainesville, USA.
Š 2005- Adjunct lecture at the Jezreel Valley College, Israel.
1. Messianism and the State of Israel.
2. New Religions at the Contemporary Society.
3. Israeli Cinema.
4. Fundamentalism in Comparative Perspective.
Š 1999- 2006: PR person of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
Š 1996 - 1999: Spokesman for Israel Ba’Alia party in the Israeli parliament.
Š 1998: Coordinated an international conference on “Israel, World Jewry and the International Arena” at the Hebrew University.
Š 1994 - 1996: Spokesman for Peace Watch, a non-governmental organization that served as the Israeli watchdog for the implementation of the Oslo Agreement.
Š 1993 - 1995: Journalist for the “Al Hamismar” Hebrew daily.
Š 1999: I participated in a three-week mission to the US organized by the State Department for young Israeli leaders.
Š 1997: I attended a one-week seminar as part of the Israeli young leadership delegation to the EU in Brussels.
Š 1996: I volunteered as an observer to the first democratic Palestinian elections.
Š Date of birth: 28 August 1970
Š Born in Jerusalem, Israel.
Š Married with one child.
Š 1988 - 1991: Military tour of duty in the Military Police, reaching the rank of Master Sergeant.