Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi

Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1932-2009) was one of the most eminent Jewish historians of the twentieth century. He was Jacob E. Safra Professor of Jewish History and Sephardic Civilization at Harvard University, and from 1980, Salo W. Baron Professor of Jewish History, Culture and Society at Columbia University. His publications, written in his incomparable literary style, include From Spanish Court to Italian Ghetto (1971); Haggadah and History (1974); The Lisbon Massacre of 1506 and the Royal Image in the Shebet Yehudah (1979); Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory (1982) and Freud’s Moses: Judaism Terminable and Interminable (1991). Some of his collected essays appear in The Faith of Fallen Jews (2014). Yerushalmi’s broad erudition in all areas of Jewish history and European culture attracted students from all over the world, many of whom now hold leading academic positions.

The deeply personal reflections of a giant of Jewish history. Scholar Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (1932–2009) possessed a stunning range of erudition...