Prof. Rella Kushelevsky, Full Professor
Ph.D: Bar Ilan university, 1991 (summa cum laude),
M.A. Literature of the Jewish People, Bar Ilan university, 1986
Editor Certificate, Bar Ilan university, 1986
Teaching Certificate, Jerusalem College for Girls, 1976
B.A, Extensive English Program, Tel Aviv university, 1975
History of Academic Appointments
2005 – Associate Professor
1999 – Senior Lecturer
1995 - Lecturer
Other Professional Appointments and Activities
April, 2011 – member of the advisory board for the Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology.
2011 – representative of the associate professors in the 'Central Committee', Bar Ilan University.
2009-2011: Chair, department of the Literature of the Jewish People
2011--: Member of AIN GIMEL editorial board, an e-journal of Agnon Studies
2008--: Member of Academic Board: The Pathways through Aggadah, Efrata College.
2006--: Co-editor, Thema, a Series of Thematological Studies in the Literature of the Jewish People), Bar-Ilan university.
2003 --: member of scientific board of Israeli Folklore Archives (IFA), academic head Prof. Haya Bar-Itzhak, Haifa University.
2001- : The Sznajderman Chair in the Study of Hassidim
2000--: Co-editor, Criticism and Interpretation, Journal of interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Culture, Bar-Ilan University
1995—2008: co-editor, Encyclopedia of the Jewish Story, Sippur Okev Sippur, Bar Ilan University.
Prof. Rella Kushelevsky's main fields of specialization are:
(1) the poetics and thematics of Rabbinic Aggadic narratives in the Talmud and midrash;
(2) the multiversion story in Hebrew story collections from thematological and folkloristic aspects;
(3) the Hebrew Story in medieval Ashkenaz;
(4) 'Midrash Aseret ha'Dibberot [midrash of the Ten Commandments], a story compilation originated in Persia and copied in various versions and editions;
(4) Modern Hebrew Literature in its affinities to multiversion stories (Bialik, M. J. Ben-Gorion [Berdichevski];Agnon);
(5) Modern Hebrew Literature – Y. Hendel; A. Appelpheld..
Grants, Awards and Proposals:
1. 2008/9—2010/1 - Israeli Science Foundation (ISF)::"Sefer ha-Ma'asim Ms. Oxford, Bodleian Library Or. 135 (1466): a Critical Edition"(grant)
2. 2005\06 - Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture::"Ashkenaz as Reflected in Medieval Hebrew Stories (a study of a 13th c. ms. from North France", (grant)
3. 2006-2007; 2009 - Akavyahu Foundation, Bar Ilan University, Stepend for publication of book (Penalty and Temptation, Hebrew Tales in Ashkenaz, Jerusalem: Magnes, 2010)
4. 2003–2005 - Isreali Science Foundation (ISF), 'A Typology of Narrative Collections in Ashkenazi Manuscripts of the 13th and 14th Centuries' (grant)
5. 2005 - "Midrash Aseret ha-Dibbrot, A synoptic edition, development and literary characteristics," The Israel Science Foundation (proposal, highly scored).
6. 1997-2000 - "East and West",German-Israel Foundation (GIF), (grant. coinvestigator, with Yoav Elstein and Avidov Lipsker as principal investigators.)
Organization of Conferences (2006-2012)
1. "Dialogues", The 29th Inter-University Conference for the Research of Folklore, with Dr. Vered Tohar and Dr. Nina Pinto, Bar Ilan University, 3- 4th May 2010
2. "Is there Room for Innovation in the Research of Agnon? 40 Years to his Death" with Prof. Hillel Weiss, Dr. Roman Katsman, Dr. Orna Levin), Bar Ilan University, 2.3.2010.
3. "Theories of Metaphor", an inter-discipline colloquia, Ph.D Study program, 2008/9, with Dr. Roman Katsman (based on guests lecturers).
4. "Rhetoric", an inter-discipline colloquia, Ph.D Study program, 2009/10, with Dr. Roman Katsman (based on guests lecturers).
Conferences and Workshops (2006-2012)
1. The Legend of Alexis in Jewish Folklore: Medieval Notions of Asceticism in Ashkenas", The 30th Inter-University Conference for the Research of Folklore, 5-6, June, 2011
2. "Midreshei Aggadah in Eretz Israel and Their Proliferation", A Work Shop Session, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, 5.6.2011
3. Cultural aspects in a Story Collection from the 13th C. in North France', an international workshop on: 13th Century France: Continuity and Change, organized by Elisheva Baumgarten and Jehuda Galinsky, sponsored by ISF, February 2011.
4. Border Crossing and Liminallity in Rabbinic Narratives of Moses' Death and the 'Dead of the Desert': Analogical Aspects, an international conference on: Exodus: Exodus: Border Crossings in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Texts and Images, 2th-4th December 2010, Heidelberg, organized by Hoffmann Annette, funded by Thyssen foundation
5. Italy as a Cultural Symbol in Ashkenaz: An Inter-Textual Study of a Tale from North France (13th C): 'The Three Decrees', EAJS, Ravena, 26th July 2010.
6. Between Midrash and a Story Collection: The Cultural Function of 'Midrash Aseret ha-Dibberot' ms Parma 2269, de-Rossi 473), The Fifteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, 1st August 2009
7. Images of 'Exile' and 'dispersion' in the Folkore of Ghetto Prague and tales on the Maharal', The Maharal of Prague: Leadership, Philosophy and Continuous Imprint, Zagrab Univ. 13th July 2009
8. The Hebrew Story in Ashkenaz in its Historical Contexts: The Case of the Mimesis, the 23rd Inter-University Conference of Hebrew Literature Research, Bar Ilan University, 8.6.2009.
9. Images of Women in East and West: A Study of the Nathan de-Zuzita Tale and its Versions, Jewish Folklore between East and West: the 26th Inter-University Conference of Folklore Research in Israel, May 10th. 2007
10. The Historical Dimention of Multi-Version Tales: A Study of a Medieval Version in Hebrew of: 'Which is the Most Noble Act? in light of the Mimesis Issue in the Hermeneutics of Paul Ricour' (H), the 22nd Inter-University Conference of Hebrew Literature Research, The Hebrew University, Hebrew Department Literature, May 8th 2007.
11. Medieval Jewish Discourses of Cruelty: A Reading of a Medieval Narrative from North France, International Medieval Congress, July 2006