Rabbi Aryeh Cohen Minneapolis

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, PhD, is a distinguished professor of Rabbinic Literature who has helped to shape the entire curriculum at the Ziegler School. In fact, he was Chair of the Rabbinics Department for over two decades. He created and taught most courses during his affiliation with the school.

Aryeh Cohen is a Rabbi from Minneapolis. In this role, he organises the Jewish community around issues of immigration justice and restorative justice and mobilises a multi-faith community of clergy and laypeople to nonviolent direct action.

His research, scholarship and teaching sit at the intersection of Talmud, Jewish ethics and social justice activism. This is present in his coursework, especially "Issues of Justice", which is a Project Based Learning class in which students have to develop advocacy-based readings from their Judaism on an issue that relates to social justice. His latest book "Justice in the City: An Argument from the Sources of Rabbinic Judaism" emerges from these same concerns as well.

  Minneapolis, MN, USA    https://www.screenskills.com/community/89e0eb7d-df37-4aed-ad8c-c11cfab04fec/


Work Experience

Rabbi  •  Bend the Arc: Jewish Action in Southern California

March 2007 - Present

Rabbi Cohen is also the Rabbi in Residence at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, a national social justice organisation. He organises and mobilises around issues of immigration justice and restorative justice and nonviolent direct action.

Professor of Rabbinic Literature  •  Yeshiva University

January 1998 - Present

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen Minneapolis serves as a professor of Rabbinic Literature at Yeshiva University. His topics of interest include the Talmud, Jewish ethics, and social justice. He has been been teaching Rabbinic Literature at the Yeshiva University since 1998.

Author  •  Rabbi Aryeh Cohen Minneapolis

April 1993 - Present

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen is a professional author and has authored Rereading Talmud: Gender, Law, and the Poetics of Sugyot. Rabbi Alana Suskin has described this book as essential reading for the Occupy movement. Cohen is also co-editor of Beginning/Again: Towards a Hermeneutics of Jewish Texts. He also wrote about modern figures such as Aharon Shmuel Tamares and Emmanuel Levinas. Andrew Flescher argued that Cohen was able to make "a compelling case in his own right" against violence by focusing on how it "under all circumstances" leads to counter-productivity.

Chair  •  Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies.

September 2005 - August 2009

Rabbi Aryeh Cohen Minneapolis is the former chair of the Rabbinics Department in the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. Dr. Cohen has created and taught most of the courses in the Rabbinics curriculum over the more than two decades of his affiliation with the Ziegler School. His research and scholarship sit at the intersection of Talmud, Jewish ethics, and social justice activism.


The School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College

Advanced Judaic Studies

2002 - 2003

Brandeis University

Jewish Studies

1990 - 1992

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Departments of Philosophy and Jewish Thought

1985 - 1989


  • Literature
  • Writing
  • Oral and Written Communication Skills
  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Jewish ethics
  • Social Skills


  • English — Native or Bilingual
  • Hebrew — Native or Bilingual
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