Jonathan Milgram

Dr. Jonathan Milgram
Address3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Assistant Professor, Talmud and Rabbinics, Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Born in New Jersey, Dr. Jonathan Milgram, the son of Venezuelan immigrants, grew up in South Florida as an active member of Temple Beth Ahm Israel. Dr. Milgram’s colorful childhood, imbued with the mix of his parents’ Latin American culture and the old-world Yiddish culture of his grandparents’ Romanian shtetl, Novoselitz, laid the groundwork for a life of intellectual inquiry, and as a young man he embarked upon a broad academic career, culminating in his present position as assistant professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Dr. Milgram holds two bachelor’s degrees: one in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and the other in Talmud from JTS. He earned his master’s degree in Talmud and rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University, and his doctorate in Talmud from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.

Dr. Milgram has been visiting assistant professor at Hunter College and has lectured locally at the Drisha Institute and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, as well as at other universities in this country and abroad.

From 2000 to 2003, while writing his dissertation for Bar-Ilan University, Dr. Milgram served as the Sam and Vivienne Cohen Lecturer in Jewish Studies, a joint appointment at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and the London School for Jewish Studies (formerly Jews’ College).

From 1997 to 2003, Dr. Milgram served as coordinator of JTS’s Saul Lieberman Institute for Talmudic Research, and in 2005 was assistant editor for Talmud and Rabbinics for the Encyclopedia Judaica, second edition. Dr. Milgram is also the former assistant rabbi of Manhattan’s prestigious Park East Synagogue and a trained cantorial soloist, having led High Holiday services in different synagogues in this country and abroad.

Dr. Milgram’s research interests include Talmud criticism and medieval Jewish law. His doctoral dissertation, a critical commentary to the eighth chapter of Tractate Bekhorot will be included in the Talmud commentary series published by the Society for the Interpretation of Talmud in Israel.

In addition, Dr. Milgram is currently writing a study of rabbinic inheritance law in comparative context. The book will engage the multiple strands of traditions in tannaitic literature (Mishnah, Tosefta, and Midrash Halakhah) and compare them to ancient near eastern, Greek and Roman inheritance practices with the goal of understanding the legal context(s) that produced rabbinic inheritance law.

Dr. Milgram and his wife, Adina Levine Milgram, reside in Teaneck, New Jersey, with their four wonderful children.

Areas of Interest

Talmud and Rabbinics

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