BiographyDavid Kraemer is Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian (=Director of The Library) at The Jewish Theological Seminary, where he has also served as Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics for many years. As Librarian, Prof. Kraemer is at the helm of the most extensive collection of Judaica—rare and contemporary—in the Western hemisphere. On account of the size and importance of the collection, Prof. Kraemer is instrumental in setting policy and establishing vision for projects of international importance.
Prof. Kraemer is a prolific author and commentator. His books include The Mind of the Talmud (1990), Responses to Suffering in Classical Rabbinic Literature (1995), The Meanings of Death in Rabbinic Judaism (2000), and Jewish Eating and Identity Through the Ages (Routledge, 2007, 2009), among others. His most recent book is Rabbinic Judaism: Place and Space (Routledge, 2015). He is also the author and co-creator of The Haggadah app, for iPads.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Rabbinic literature and religion, Jewish death and mourning practices, Jewish eating practices, the Jewish Sabbath, Hebrew books and manuscripts
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