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Ariel Evan Mayse

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Ariel Evan Mayse

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. 

Select Publications


  1. Speaking Infinities: God and Language in the Teachings of Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritsh. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming in 2020.

Edited and Co-Authored Books

  1. Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from Around the Maggid’s Table, with Arthur Green, Ebn Leader and Or Rose, 2 volumes. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 2013.
  2. From the Depth of the Well: An Anthology of Jewish Mysticism.New York: Paulist Press, 2014.
  3. 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. 
  4. Be-Ron Yahad: Studies in Jewish Law and Theology in Honor of Nehemia Polen. Co-edited with Arthur Green. Boston: Academic Studies Press, forthcoming in July, 2019.
  5.  A New Hasidism: Roots and A New Hasidism: Branches. Co-edited with Arthur Green, 2 volumes. Jewish Publication Society & University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming in 2019.
  6. The Sefat Emet in Yiddish (Sefat Emet be-Sefat ha-Em), co-authored with Daniel Reiser (Magnes Press) (Hebrew), forthcoming.
  7. Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community and Life in the Modern World. Co-edited with Sam Berrin Shonkoff. Waltham, MA: Brandeis University Press. Under contract, in progress.
  8. Maor Va-Shamesh: History, Philosophy, Lore, and Legacy. Co-edited with Levi Cooper and Zvi Mark. Bar-Ilan University Press, in progress (Hebrew).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. “The Final Sermonof the Rebbe of Ger: The Sefat Emetand the Implications of Yiddish for the Study of Hasidic Homilies,” coauthored with Daniel Reiser. Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts30 (2013): 127-160 (Hebrew).
  2. 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 Texts33 (2015): 9-43.
  3. “‘The Great Call of the Hour’: Hillel Zeitlin’s Yiddish Writings on Yavneh,” coauthored with Arthur Green. In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (Spring, 2016), online, article with a series of translations.
  4. “‘For Many Years He Said This’: A Forgotten Manuscript of the Sefat Emet,” coauthored with Daniel Reiser. Kabbalah: Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts34 (2016): 123-184 (Hebrew).
  5. “Double-Take: Textual Artifacts and the Memory of Hasidic Teachings.” Kabbalah:Journal for the Study of Jewish Mystical Texts 37 (2017): 37-93.
  6. “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.
  7. “Hasidic Halakhah: Reappraising the Interface of Spirit and Law,” coauthored with Maoz Kahana. AJS Review 41, no. 2 (2017): 375-408.
  8. “Territories and Textures: The Hasidic Sermon as the Crossroads of Language and Culture,” coauthored with Daniel Resier. Jewish Social Studies, n.s. 24, no.1  (2018): 127-160.
  9. “The Voices of Moses: Theologies of Revelation in an Early Hasidic Circle,” Harvard Theological Review112, no.1 (2019): 101-125.
  10. “Yokhed ve-Tsiber: Personal Expression and Communal Responsibility in a Yiddish Droshe by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.”In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (2019), online.
  11. “Moving Mezritsh”: The Legacy of the Maggid and theHasidic Community in the Land of Israel.” Jewish History (forthcoming).
  12. “Setting the Table Anew: Law and Spirit in a Nineteenth-Century Hasidic Code,” The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy (forthcoming).
  13. “Where Heaven and Earth Kiss: Jewish Law, Moral Reflection and Environmental Ethics.” Journal of Jewish Ethics (forthcoming).
  14. "Expanding the Boundaries of the Holy: Hasidic Devotion, Sacred Speech and Early Modern Jewish Thought,” Jewish Social Studies (forthcoming).

Book Chapters

  1. “Arthur Green: An Intellectual Portrait.” In Arthur Green: Hasidism for Tomorrow, ed. Hava Tirosh-Samuelson and Aaron W. Hughes (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015), 1-52.
  2. “Time and Presence: Eternity in Hasidism.” In Eternity: A History, ed. Yitzhak Melamed (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 231-238.
  3. “‘Like a Moth to the Flame’: The Death of Nadav and Avihu in Hasidic Literature.” In Be-Ron Yahad: Studies in Jewish Law and Theology in Honor of Nehemia Polen, ed. Ariel Evan Mayse and Arthur Green (Boston: Academic Studies Press, forthcoming).
  4. “Stories Untold: Theology, Language and the Hasidic Spirit in Elie Wiesel’s The Gates of the Forest.” In The Novels of Elie Wiesel, ed. Victoria Nesfield and Philip Smith (Albany: SUNY Press, forthcoming).
  5. “The Devotional Talmud: Study as a Sacred Quest.” In Rabbi Kalonymos Shapira: On Literature, Vitality and Death, ed. Don Seeman Daniel Reiser, and Ariel Evan Mayse (forthcoming).
  6. “Beyond the Pale: Hasidism, Neo-Hasidism and Jewish-Christian Dialogue.” In USF Series in the History of Jewish/Christian Relations, ed. Jeremy Brown (San Francisco: University of San Francisco Press, forthcoming).
  7. “Tree of Life, Tree of Knowledge: Halakhahand Theology in Ma’or va-Shamesh.” In Maor VaShamesh: History, Philosophy, Lore, and Legacy, ed. Levi Cooper, Ariel Evan Mayse and Zvi Mark  (Hebrew, forthcoming),
  8. “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 (forthcoming).

Public Scholarship and Contemporary Theology

  1. “The Role of Kabbalah in Revitalizing Modern Orthodoxy.” Conversations: The Journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals9 (2011): 123-138.
  2. Or ha-Hayyim: Creativity, Tradition and Mysticism in the Torah Commentary of R. Hayyim ibn Attar.” Conversations: The Journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals13 (2012): 68-89.
  3. “‘Who Amongst You is Transcribing my Teachings?’: Orality and Vitality in Written Hasidic Homilies.” Yerusholaymer Almanakh 29 (2012): 364–381 (Yiddish).
  4. “The Ever-Changing Path: Visions of Legal Diversity in Hasidic Literature.” Conversations: The Journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals23 (2015): 84-115.
  5.  “Conceptions of the Sacred in Modern Hasidic Spirituality.” Secularization & Sacralization:Frankel Institute Annual (2016): 12-14.
  6. “The Sacred Writ of Hasidism: TheTanya 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.
  7. “God’s Silent Voice: Divine Presence in a Yiddish Poem by Abraham Joshua Heschel.” The Seforim Blog: All About Seforim – New, Old, and Jewish Bibliography(January, 2018) (Yiddish and English).
  8.  “Like a Blacksmith with the Hammer: Talmud Study and the Spiritual Life.” In The Search for Meaning, ed. Martin S. Cohen and David Birnbaum (New York: Mesorah Matrix, 2018), 369-409.
  9. “The Development of Neo-Hasidism: Echoes and Repercussions.” In The Contemporary Uses of Hasidism: Collected Papers of the Orthodox Forum2015, ed. Shlomo Zuckier (forthcoming).
    1. A version of this article appeared in serial form on The Lehrhaus (December, 2018–February, 2019).
  10. “Elevating Strange Thoughts.” Sh’ma Now: A Journal of Jewish Sensibilities 49, no. 744 (2019): 2–3.
  11. “Food for Thought: Hasidic Wisdom on Spiritual Eating.” In Kashrut & Jewish Food Ethics, ed. Shmuly Yanklowitz (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019), 49–65.
  12. “The Divine Image: Theological Reflections on Jewish Labor Law.” In Kashrut & Jewish Food Ethics, ed. Shmuly Yanklowitz (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019), 134–153.
  13.  “Neo-Hasidism and the Theology of Halakhah: The Duties of Intimacy and the Law of the Heart.” In A New Hasidism: Branches, ed. Arthur Green and Ariel Evan Mayse (Jewish Publication Society/University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming).
  14. “‘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 (Fons Vitae, forthcoming).
  15. “The Soul in Jewish Mysticism,” Kolot: Celebrating the Plurality of Jewish Voices (forthcoming).

Book Reviews

  1. “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.

  2. Review of Shai Held, Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence. In Modern Judaism 35, no. 2 (2015): 233-242.

  3. Review of Jonatan Meir, Imagined Hasidism: The Anti-Hasidic Writings of Joseph Perl, and idem, Sefer Megale Temirin[3 volumes, Hebrew]. Jewish History29 (2015): 391-395 [review in English].

  4. “The Alter Rebbe.” Review of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady: The Origins of Chabad Hasidism, by Immanuel Etkes. The Jewish Review of Books(Spring, 2016): 19-21.

  5. “Traces of Amazement.” Review of Abraham Joshua Heschel and the Sources of Wonder, by Michael Marmur. H-Net Judaic(Winter, 2016).

  6. “The Soul of Scholarship: A Review Essay.” Review of Yearnings of the Soul: Psychological Thought in Modern Kabbalah, by Jonathan Garb. The Journal of Religion 97, no. 3(2017): 388-411.

  7. “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(forthcoming)

Encylopedia Entries, Bibliographies and Translations

  1. “Breslev/Bratslav Hasidism.” Oxford Bibliographies Online, Jewish Studies (2013).
  2. 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.
  3. “Mikveh and Mitsvah: Melancholia and the Spiritual Life.” Translated and introduced, coauthored with Daniel Reiser. In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies (2015), online.
  4. “Tov, Baal Shem.” In The World’s Greatest Religious Leaders: How Religious Figures Helped Shape World History, ed. Scott E. Hendrix and Uchenna Okeja(ABC-CLIO Greenwood, 2018), 667-672.
  5. “The Rebbe and the Professor: An Exchange Between Salo Wittmayer Baron and Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn.” Jewish Review of Books (Fall, 2018): 44–45.
  6. 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 (forthcoming).