Day Conference: ‘God Laughed: in search of Ancient Jewish Humor’, Wednesday May 6, University of Cambridge

Wednesday May 6, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm,  Room 8, Sidgwick Site, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


Prof Sidrah DeKoven Ezrahi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: From Zurishaddai’s Tent to a Tornado in Minnesota: The Shlemiel as Eternal Jew.

Dr Daniel Weiss, University of Cambridge, Reverent irreverence: rabbinic scriptural interpretation beyond the humorous/serious binary.



Dr Holger Zellentin, University of Nottingham, Rabbi Jeremiah and the Limits of Halakhic Humour.

Dr Laliv Clenman, Leo Baeck College and King’s College London, What’s so funny? When Bavli is humorous and Yerushalmi is serious.


2:30- 4:00

Dr Ron Naiweld, French National Centre for Scientific Research(CNRS) Paris, Parody of the ten martyrs’ narrative in Hekhalot Rabbati.

Dr Tali Artman Partock, University of Cambridge, Misinterpretation, misunderstanding and misogyny in Bereshit Rabba.


The sessions are free and open to the public. For further information contact Israel Institute Fellow, Dr. Tali Artman at, or Dr. Daniel Weiss at .

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