Academic Education:


2019 – 2021

Gruss Scholar in Residence, New York University, School of Law (Supervisor: Professor Moshe Halbertal)

2010 – 2021

departmental guest, Princeton University, Program in Judaic Studies (Supervisor: Professor Martha Himmelfarb)

2019 – 2020

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University, School of Law

2018 – 2019

Orion Center Post-Doctoral Fellow, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2014 – 2018

Ph.D. in Talmudic and Halakhic Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, "Descriptions of the Temple in the Mishna: History, Redaction and Meaning" (Supervisor: Professor Aharon Shemesh; PhD dissertation approved with distinction; degree awarded: July 2018) 

2010 – 2013

M.A. (magna cum laude), Talmud Department, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, (Supervisor: Professor Aharon Shemesh)

2004-2007 B.A. (B.Ed.) Bible and Talmud, Herzog College


Rabbinic Education

2006 - 2010

Rabbinical Ordination, Chief Rabbinate of Israel (Yoreh Yoreh)


Research Fellow at Beit Morasha, Jerusalem

2002 - 2004

Yeshivat Otniel


Professional Experience and Appointments 

2018 - 2019

Lecturer in Talmud and Philosophy, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

2016 - 2019

Lecturer in Bible and Oral Law, Herzog College, Alon Shvut

2010 - 2016

Lecturer in Archaeology and History, Yad Ben Zvi and Megalim Institute, Jerusalem


Lecturer in Talmud and Bible, Matan - Women's Institute for Torah Studies

2012 - 2015

Editor of Beit Ha-Yotzer (a Journal for teachers and tour guides, bringing together various fields of knowledge connected to Jerusalem and connecting educational-identity discourse with academic discourse)


Director of the Omek Hashetach project - a Jerusalem studies and leadership studies program for pre-army preparatory programs and army command staff




2018 - 2019

Studies in Biblical Eschatology Literature

Bavli and Yerushalmi Tractate Berakhot: A Comparative Study

2017 - 2018

"Mishnah Rishonah": The Early Sources of the Mishnah


The Vision of Isaiah:  A Literary and Historical Reading


Descriptions of the Temple in Tannaitic Literature

2016 - 2017

Studies in Biblical Restoration Literature


The Temple in Dispute: The Struggle Over the Role of the Temple in the Late    Second Temple Period

Honors and Awards:

2019 – 2020

2019 - 2021

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Gruss Fellowship at NYU School of Law


Riklis Prize, Bar-Ilan University for Academic Excellence in Jewish Law and 

 Jewish Studies

2018 - 2019

Orion Center (Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature) 

Research Scholarship

2016 - 2018

Nathan Rotenstreich Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Students

2014 - 2018

President's Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Students


Excellence Stipend from the Gaspar Fund, the Department of Talmud, Bar-Ilan University





Articles accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals

"Garbage Disposal in the Temple and the Tannaitic Concepts of Holiness,” Tarbiz [under review]

"Priestly Offering: Law and Narrative in the Aramaic Levi Document,” Harvard Theological Review [under review]

Mali Hillel and Naphtali S. Meshel, "Two Models for Pollution, Part A: From Leviticus to Late Second Temple Literature,” Jewish Studies Quarterly [accepted for publication, roughly 11,000 words].

Mali Hillel and Naphtali S. Meshel, “Two Models for Pollution, Part B: From Qumran to Qirqisānī, from the Mishnah to Maimonides,” Jewish Studies Quarterly [accepted for publication, roughly 12,000 words].

"From Ritual to the Story of Ritual: The Influence of the Destruction of the Temple on Ritual Writing of the First Century CE," edited by A. Meir and T. Oshime, 60-74. RIAB Center 2nd Annual Conference Volume, [forthcoming].

"A Walled City: Tannaitic Descriptions of the First Fruits Procession." Te'udah 31 (2021): 411 – 449. [In Hebrew]

Naphtali S. Meshel, Anand Mishra, Hillel Mali and Meera Shridhara, "Thinking Rite: Towards Talmudo-Mīmāṃsā,” in Proceedings of the Shree Somnath Sanskrit University Conference ‘Tradition of Commentaries and the Dynamics of Knowledge’ (February 2020 (Somnath, Gujarat: Shree Somnath Sanskrit University, 2020.

"Priestly Instructions in the Aramaic Levi Document and the Order of the Morning Daily Sacrifice." [In Hebrew.] Meghillot 14 (2019): 119-138.

"Conceptual and Ideological Aspects in the Mishnaic Description of Bringing the First Fruit to Jerusalem." In Religious Dynamics in Jewish and Christian Context, edited by Claudia D. Bergmann and Benedikt Kranemann, 128-147. Leiden: Brill 2019.


Additional Publications:

" Aharon Shemesh ז”ל", Shnaton: An Annual for Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies 26 (2020): 33 – 38 [Hebrew].

"The Story of Theodotus"s Synagogue," Beit Ha-yotzer 2 (2013): 26‑38. [Hebrew].

"Jerusalem of Rabbi Aqiva and the Bar Kokhva Revolt," Beit Ha-yotzer 3 (2015): 52-71 [Hebrew].


Conference Papers

June 2021 The University of Tokyo Seminar Series “Two Models for Pollution" 
June 2021 Department of Cultural and Religious History of South Asia (Classical Indology) – Colloquium, Heidelberg University “The Holy Garbage of the Temple and the Idea of Holiness” 
December 2020 The 52th annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies

“Diversity and Hierarchy in the Evolution of Impurity: from Biblical Literature to the Mishnah" 

November 2019 The Society of Biblical Literature conference, San Diego “Patriarchs or Priests? Biblical Narratives as Ritual Guides in Second Temple Literature”
July 2019 The conference “What is Commentary?”, British Association for Jewish Studies, Oxford University “‘Ashes to Ashes’: Periphery and Center in the Jerusalem Temple Service"
May 2018

The conference “Contextualizing Jewish Temples Opportunities and Challenges,” Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan

“Instructions to Priests: In the Aramaic Levi and Beyond”

מאי 2018 The conference “Writing and Re-Writing History by Destruction”–the Annual Conference of the Minerva Center for the Relations between Israel and Aram in Biblical Times, Leipzig University “From Ritual to the Story of Ritual: The Influence of the Destruction of the Temple on the Ritual Writing of the First Century C.E”
May 2018 The annual conference of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Three Parties and one Paschal Sacrifice: Offering the Passover Sacrifice in the Temple, from Jubilees to the Tannaitic Literature” 
March 2018 The International Conference of the Department of Talmud, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan “Hidden Biblical Interpretation in the Mishnah: The Paschal Sacrifice and the Methodology of Professor Aharon Shemesh”
December 2017 The 49th annual conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Washington DC From Mikdash to Midrash: The Mishnaic Ritual Narrative of the Temple as Midrash Halakha” 
August 2017

The 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem

“The Sources of Tractate Tamid in Second Temple Literature”


010045-01 Workshop: Exile, Return and Hope during the Judean Restoration -- On Immigration, Aliyah and Identity credits equal 1 annual course hours Spring Semester



Talmud and Halacha; Second Temple Literature; Judean restoration (Shivat Zion) books; Law and narrative; Law and ritual.