Ariel Evan Mayse joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2017 as an assistant professor in the Department of Religious Studies, after previously serving as the Director of Jewish Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts, and a research fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies of the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies from Harvard University and rabbinic ordination from Beit Midrash Har'el in Israel.
Ariel's current research examines the role of language in Hasidism, manuscript theory and the formation of early Hasidic literature, the renaissance of Jewish mysticism in the nineteenth and twentieth century and the relationship between spirituality and law in Jewish legal writings.
2020 Speaking Infinities: God and Language in the Teachings of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritsh. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020. Pp. 408. A Hebrew version will be forthcoming with Bar-Ilan Univeristy Press in 2021.
2021 Hasidism, Renewal and Suffering: The Religious Legacy of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro. Co-edited with Don Seeman and Daniel Reiser. Albany: SUNY Press. Forthcoming in June, 2021.
2020 The Sefat Emet in Yiddish (Sefat Emet be-Sefat ha-Em),co-authored with Daniel Reiser (Magnes Press) (Hebrew), 2020.
2020 Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community and Life in the Modern World. Co-edited with Sam Berrin Shonkoff. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press, 2020.
2019 Be-Ron Yahad: Studies in Jewish Law and Theology in Honor of Nehemia Polen. Co-edited with Arthur Green. Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019. Pp. 415 + xxi.
2017 Your Word is Fire: The Hasidic Masters on Contemplative Prayer, revised and expanded edition. Co-edited with Arthur Green and Barry Holtz. Nashville: Jewish Lights, 2017.
In Progress Guest editor, Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology, “Special Issue on Jewish Environmental Ethics.” Coedited with Alexander Weissberg, in progress.
In Press Guest editor, Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies, “Special Issue on Tiberian Hasidism” (appearing in Fall, 2020). Coedited with Glenn Dynner and Aubrey Glazer.
2018–2019 Chief guest editor, In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies, "Kratsn in der linker peye: yidish, yidishkayt, un dos pintele yid: A special issue of In geveb on Religious Thought in Yiddish." Coedited with Naomi Seidman, Marc Caplan, and Daniel Reiser.
In Press “Renewal and Redemption: Spirituality, Law and Religious Praxis in the Writings of Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.” Forthcoming in The Journal of Religion.
In Press “Moving Mezritsh”: The Legacy of the Maggid and the Hasidic Community in the Land of Israel.” Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies (in press).
2017 “Second Thoughts: Unknown Yiddish Texts and New Perspectives on the Study of Hasidism.” Coauthored with Daniel Reiser. Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture 14 (2017): 88–98.
* Winner of Second Prize, Zutot Young Scholars Competition, 2015–2016.
2015 “Sefer Sefat Emet, Yiddish Manuscripts, and the Oral Homilies of R. Yehudah Aryeh Leib of Ger,” coauthored with Daniel Reiser. Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 33 (2015): 9-43.
2013 “The Final Sermon of the Rebbe of Ger: The Sefat Emet and the Implications of Yiddish for the Study of Hasidic Homilies.” Coauthored with Daniel Reiser. Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 30 (2013): 127–160 (Hebrew).
In Press “‘Dirshuni: Seek Me and Live: Hasidism and the Spiritual Journey.” In Studies in Jewish History, Literature, and Thought in Honor of the Centenary of Hebrew College. Edited by Arthur Green, Michael Fishbane, and Jonathan Sarna (forthcoming, 2020).
In Press “Wading into Infinite Waters: Mediation in Theology, Pedagogy and Revelation.” In Ways of Learning, Ways of Becoming: Neo-Hasidic Teaching of the Hasidic Homily. Edited by Elie Holzer (Boston: Academic Studies Press, in press).
In Press “Tree of Life, Tree of Knowledge: Halakhah and Theology in Ma’or va-Shamesh.” In Maor VaShamesh: History, Philosophy, Lore, and Legacy. Edited by Levi Cooper, Ariel Evan Mayse and Zvi Mark (in press) (Hebrew).
2021 “The Devotional Talmud: Study as a Sacred Quest.” In Hasidism, Renewal and Suffering: The Religious Legacy of Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Shapiro, ed. Don Seeman, Daniel Reiser and Ariel Evan Mayse (Albany: SUNY Press, in press).
2020 “The Calf Awakens: Language, Zionism and Heresy in Twentieth-Century American Hasidism.” In Kabbalah in America: Ancient Lore in the New World. Edited by Brian Ogren (Leiden: Brill, 2020), 269–291.
2020 “Beyond the Pale: Hasidism, Neo-Hasidism and Jewish-Christian Dialogue.” In A Sukkah in the Shadow of Saint Ignatius: Essays on the History of Jewish-Christian Relations, ed. Jeremy P. Brown (San Francisco: University of San Francisco Press, 2020), 53–90.
2020 “‘His Spirit Speaks’: Contextualizing the Vitebsker’s Devotional Path Within the Maggid’s Circle.” In From Tiberias With Love: Lost Mystical Masters in Search of a Promised Land, ed. Aubrey Glazer and Nehemia Polen (Louisville: Fons Vitae, 2020), 109–135.
2019 “Stories Untold: Theology, Language and the Hasidic Spirit in Elie Wiesel’s The Gates of the Forest.” In The Struggle for Understanding: Elie Wiesel’s Literary Works, ed. Victoria Nesfield and Philip Smith (Albany: SUNY Press, 2019), 137–167.
2019 “‘Like a Moth to the Flame’: The Death of Nadav and Avihu in Hasidic Literature.” In Be-Ron Yahad: Studies in Jewish Thought and Theology Presented to Nehemia Polen, ed. Ariel Evan Mayse and Arthur Green (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019), 364–406.
2020 “The Development of Neo-Hasidism: Echoes and Repercussions.” In Contemporary Uses and Forms of Hasidut, ed. Shlomo Zuckier (New York and Jerusalem: Yeshiva University Press and KTAV-Urim, 2020), 181–260.
2019 “Neo-Hasidism and Halakhah: The Duties of Intimacy and the Law of the Heart.” In A New Hasidism: Branches, ed. Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society and University of Nebraska Press, 2019), 155–222.
2017 “The Sacred Writ of Hasidism: The Tanya and the Spiritual Vision of R. Shneur Zalman of Liady.” In Books of the People: Revisiting Classic Works of Jewish Thought, ed. Stuart Halpern (New York: Maggid and Yeshiva University Press, 2017), 109–156.
2019 “Words of Flames and Madness.” A review of Torah from the Years of Wrath 1939-1943: The Historical Context of the Aish Kodesh, by Henry Abramson. Studies in Judaism, Humanities and the Social Sciences 3, no. 1 (2019): 124–130.
2012 “Pillar of Prayer: A Review Essay.” Review ofMenachem Kallus, trans.Pillar of Prayer: Guidance in Contemplative Prayer, Sacred Study, and the Spiritual Life, from the Baal Shem Tov and his Circle. In Modern Judaism32, no. 3 (2012): 359-368.
In Press “Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapira.” Oxford Bibliographies Online, Jewish Studies, co-edited with Don Seeman and Daniel Reiser.
2019 Hillel Zeitlin, “A Bit of Clarity and Simplicity in Regard to the Language Question,” Der Moment, 1924. Translated and introduced, coauthored with Joshua Meyers. In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (January, 2019), online, c. 1,700 words.
2014-- Entries for Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter, 2014–2018):
Azaria da Fano, Menachem; Ibn Attar, Hayyim ben Moses; Intercession and Intercessory Prayer in Hasidism and other Ashkenazi Jews; Kabbalah, Modern Judaism and Bible Interpretation; Joy in Medieval Kabbalah, Hasidism and Modern Judaism; Kingdom/Kingship of God in Modern Judaism; Kiss in Modern Judaism; Labor in Modern Judaism; Lawgiver in Modern Judaism; Love in Modern Judaism; Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev; Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl.