Dr. Avi Shmidman

Dr.
Dr. Avi Shmidman
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History of academic appointments:

2014-present   Senior lecturer, Bar Ilan University, Literature of the Jewish People

2009-2014       Lecturer, Bar Ilan University, Literature of the Jewish People

 

Scientific Memberships:

Associate Member, The Academy of the Hebrew Language

Advisory Board, Digital Forum of the European Association of Jewish Studies

Editorial Board, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence

 

Education:

B.A.     Yeshiva College (1991‑1996)

Summa cum laude

M.A.   Bar Ilan University (1999‑2001; 2004‑2005)

Thesis title: “Epithalamia for the Grace after Meals from the Cairo Genizah”

Ph.D.  Bar Ilan University (2005‑2009)

Dissertation title: “The Poems for the Grace after Meals from the Cairo Genizah: A Critical Edition”. Dissertation approved with highest distinction.

 

 

Publications

Scientific Articles

  1. Yehoshua Granat and Avi Shmidman, “‘Who Made One’: The Six Days of Creation and the Six Orders of the Mishnah in a Poetic Grace after Meals by Joseph ibn Abitur” [Hebrew], Ginzei Qedem 1 (2004), 79-116
  2. Avi Shmidman, “The Liturgical Function of the Piyyutim for the Grace after Meals” [Hebrew], Ginzei Qedem 2 (2005), 45-102
  3. Uri Ehrlich and Avi Shmidman, “‘Our God Our King’ at the End of the Amidah and the Grace after Meals: its Origin, its Formulation, and its Status” [Hebrew], Ginzei Qedem 3 (2006), 9‑28
  4. Avi Shmidman, “When were the Grace-after-Meals Piyyutim for Yom Kippur Recited?” [Hebrew], Ginzei Qedem 4 (2007), 61-90
  5. Avi Shmidman, “Developments within the Statutory Text of the Birkat ha-Mazon in Light of its Poetic Counterparts,” in: A. Gerhards and C. Leonhard (ed.), Jewish and Christian Liturgy and Worship: New Insights into its History and Interactions, Leiden: Brill 2007, 109-126
  6. Avi Shmidman, “On the Liturgical Function of DSS Document 4Q434a,” Zutot 5 (2008), 15‑22
  7. Avi Shmidman, “Piyyutim for the Grace after Meals for Nuptial Occasions from the Cairo Genizah” [Hebrew], Pirkei Shira 4 (2008), 9-25
  8. Avi Shmidman, “Congregational Participation within the Biblical Story in the Yotser Poems of Shlomo Suliman,” in: W. van Bekkum and N. Katsumata (ed.), Giving a Diamond: Essays in Honor of Joseph Yahalom on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday, Leiden: Brill 2011, 137‑158
  9. Avi Shmidman, “A Multifaceted Nuptial Blessing: The Use of Ruth 4:11‑12 within Medieval Hebrew Epithalamia,” Melilah: Manchester Journal of Jewish Studies 8 (2011), 96‑112
  10. Avi Shmidman, “DHR as ‘Light’ in Early Piyyut” [Hebrew], Lešonenu 75 (2012), 37‑54
  11. Uri Ehrlich and Avi Shmidman, “Genizah Fragments of the Grace after Meals with Zimun according to the Ancient Palestinian Order of Service” [Hebrew], Ginzei Qedem 8 (2012), 67‑109
  12. Uri Ehrlich and Avi Shmidman, “‘Amen, in our Day…’: The Development of a New Paragraph within the Grace after Meals” [Hebrew], Tarbiẕ 82, 1 (2013), 115‑137
  13. Avi Shmidman, “Qinnot for the 10th of Tevet and the 17th of Tammuz” [Hebrew], Tarbiẕ 82, 2 (2013), 241‑268
  14. Avi Shmidman, “Intertextual Supplications in Liturgical Poetry of Yehuda Halevi,” Frankfurter Judaistische Beiträge 38 (2013), 25-48
  15. Avi Shmidman, “Use of the Root ‘dhr’ as ‘Roaring’ in Early Piyyut,” Zutot 10 (2013), 41-51
  16. Avi Shmidman, “A 12th-13th-Century Specimen of the Eastern Rite for the Tenth of Tevet,” HUCA 84-85 (2013-2014), 89-108
  17. Avi Shmidman, “Joseph ibn Abitur’s Seliḥah Poems for the 10th of Tevet” [Hebrew], Kobez al Yad 23 (2015), 1-47
  18. Avi Shmidman, “The Liturgical Role of the Ḥatanu poems” [Hebrew], Tarbiẕ 83 (2015), 87-113
  19. Yonatan Belinkov, Alexander Magidow, Maxim Romanov, Avi Shmidman and Moshe Koppel, “A Large-Scale Historical Arabic Corpus,” Proceedings of the COLING Workshop on Language Technology and Tools for Digital Humanities, December 2016
  20. Avi Shmidman, “Qerovot-of-18 fragments attributed to Joseph ibn Abitur” [Hebrew], Kobez al Yad 25 (2017), 129-155
  21. Avi Shmidman, “Intertextual Appropriations from Prophecies of Doom within Yehuda Halevi’s Liturgical Poems” [Hebrew], in: Multitudes for Ephraim: Studies on Jewish Literature Presented to Professor Ephraim Hazan (ed. R. Refael-Vivante and Sh. Refael-Vivante), Jerusalem 2018, 35-47.
  22. Michal Bar-Asher Siegal and Avi Shmidman, “Reconstruction of the Mekhilta Deuteronomy Using Philological and Computational Tools,” Journal of Ancient Judaism 9 (2018), 2-25
  23. Avi Shmidman, Moshe Koppel, and Ely Porat, “Identification of Parallel Passages Across a Large Hebrew/Aramaic Corpus,” Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities, Special Issue on Computer-Aided Processing of Intertextuality in Ancient Languages, March 2018
  24. Oran Brill, Moshe Koppel and Avi Shmidman, “FAST: Fast and Accurate Synoptic Texts”, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 35 (2019), 254-264. (https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqz029)
  25. Avi Shmidman, "Hebrew Piyyuṭ and its Byzantine Greek Influences: The Case of the Inverted Construct Form", in: The Poet and the World, ed. J. Yeshaya, E. Hollender and N. Katsumata, Berlin: De Gruyter 2019, 183-195
  26. Avi Shmidman and Uri Ehrlich, “We shall glorify You, our King: A Poetic Passage in the Second Benediction of the Grace after Meals”, in: On Wings of Prayer, ed. N. Calduch-Benages, M. W. Duggan and D. Marx, Berlin: De Gruyter 2019, 317-355
  27. Yonatan Belinkov, Alexander Magidow, Alberto Barrón-Cedeño, Avi Shmidman and Maxim Romanov, “Studying the history of the Arabic language: language technology and a large-scale historical corpus,” Language Resources and Evaluation 53 (2019), 771-805 (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10579-019-09460-w)
  28. Avi Shmidman, Shaltiel Shmidman, Moshe Koppel, Yoav Goldberg, “Nakdan: Professional Hebrew Diacritizer,” in: Proceedings of the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics: System Demonstrations, July 2020, 197-203.
  29. Avi Shmidman, Josh Guedalia, Shaltiel Shmidman, Moshe Koppel, Reut Tsarfaty, “A Novel Challenge Set for Hebrew Morphological Disambiguation and Diacritics Restoration”, Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: EMNLP 2020, 3316-3326
  30. Avi Shmidman and Uri Ehrlich, “Reconstructing the Early Text of the First Benediction of the Grace After Meals” [Hebrew], Ginzei Qedem 15 (2020), 205-226.
  31. Avi Shmidman, “The Biblical Roots of the Tetrameter Meter in Early Piyyut” [Hebrew], Revue Européenne des Etudes Hébraïques 21 (2020), 25-41.
  32. Avi Shmidman and Atara Snowbell, “The Expanded Version of S. Y. Agnon’s ‘Limbs of the Messiah’: A Critical Edition” [Hebrew], Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature 31 (2020), 279-311.
  33. Avi Shmidman and Uri Ehrlich, “The text of the Grace after Meals according to the Prayer Books of Saadia Gaon and Solomon ben Nathan” [Hebrew], Peamim (in press).
  34. Avi Shmidman and Uri Ehrlich, “The development of the text of the second benediction of the Grace after Meals, according to the Cairo Genizah fragments” [Hebrew], Qovetz al Yad (in press).
  35. Avi Shmidman and Uri Ehrlich, “The development of the text of the third benediction of the Grace after Meals, according to the Cairo Genizah fragments” [Hebrew], JSIJ (in press).
  36. Uri Ehrlich and Avi Shmidman, “The development of the text of the fourth benediction of the Grace after Meals, according to the Cairo Genizah fragments” [Hebrew], Sidra (in press).

Books, Edited

  1. A Word of Hope: Jubilee Volume for Prof. Benjamin Bar‑Tikva (Masoret Hapiyyut Volume 5‑6) [Hebrew], ed. Ephraim Hazan and Avi Shmidman, Ramat-Gan 2017

Encyclopedia articles:

  1. Avi Shmidman, “Construct, Inverted,” Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, ed. Geoffrey Khan, Leiden and Boston: Brill 2013, 595‑596

Posters at Scientific Conventions:

  1. Vered Raziel‑Kretzmer and Avi Shmidman, “Computer-Aided Mapping of Palestinian Liturgical Rites as Represented by the Cairo Genizah Manuscripts,” manuSciences ’15 Conference, Chiemsee, Germany, September 2015. Available here: http://tinyurl.com/pt9zr2r
  2. Avi Shmidman, Shaltiel Shmidman, Moshe Koppel, and Yoav Goldberg, "Automatic Prefix Identification for Hebrew," The Israel Seminar of Computational Linguistics (ISCOL), Haifa, Israel, October 2018. Available here: https://tinyurl.com/yaukkspm
  3. Avi Shmidman, Joshua Guedalia, Shaltiel Shmidman, Moshe Koppel and Reut Tsarfaty, “A Novel Challenge Set for Hebrew Morphological Disambiguation and Diacritics Restoration”, The Israel Seminar of Computational Linguistics (ISCOL), September 2020. Available here: https://tinyurl.com/y2uxajqd

 

 

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Research

Medieval Hebrew Poetry

Jewish Liturgy

Cairo Genizah Research

Digital Humanities (specifically: Digital Methods in Jewish Studies Research)

Stylistics of S.Y. Agnon