Alyssa Gray, J.D., Ph.D., is Emily and Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman Chair in Rabbinics and Associate Professor of Codes and Responsa Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York.
Gray has written on a number of topics, notably martyrdom in the Jerusalem Talmud, the formations of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds, liturgy, the halakhic history of Jewish women’s charitable giving in the Middle Ages, the evolution of Talmudic attitudes toward the poor, and the application of contemporary legal theory to medieval halakhic literature. Her two current research interests are wealth, poverty, and charity in classical and medieval rabbinic literature and the application of “law and literature” and contemporary historiographical theory to the study of medieval halakhic literature.
She has been a visiting professor at Yale University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She has also been invited to speak and/or teach in a variety of other academic and non-academic settings, including Hebrew University, the University of Chicago, Florida Atlantic University, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the Freehof Institute for Progressive Halakhah, Limmud UK, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Masorti movement in Latin America, and the Union for Reform Judaism, as well as numerous synagogue settings. Her first book is A Talmud in Exile: The Influence of Yerushalmi Avodah Zarah on the Formation of Bavli Avodah Zarah (Providence, RI: Brown Judaic Studies, 2005), and she has also edited (with Bernard Jackson) the volume Studies in Mediaeval Halakhah in Honor of Stephen M. Passamaneck (Jewish Law Association Studies XVII; 2007). Her articles have or will appear in Conservative Judaism, Journal of Jewish Studies, AJS Review, G’vanim, Jewish Studies Quarterly, and Diné Israel, as well as many edited volumes.