Aryeh Cohen, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature at American Jewish University where he has held an appointment since 1995. He was Chair of Jewish Studies in the College of Arts and Science from 1995-2000 and Chair of Rabbinic Studies in the Ziegler School from 2001-2005.
Dr. Cohen has also taught at Hebrew Union College/Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and at Brandeis University. Dr. Cohen is one of the founders of the Shtibl, a Hassidic egalitarian minyan, which combines the passion of ecstatic prayer with commitments to egalitarianism and social justice.
He is the author of Rereading Talmud: Gender, Law and the Poetics of Sugyot, and co-editor of Beginning/Again: Towards a Hermeneutics of Jewish Texts. He is also a member of the Sh’ma advisory board, and an editor of the on-line journal Textual Reasoning. Cohen is a popular lecturer on Talmud, social justice, politics and on the contemporary Jewish scene. His writing on these topics and others has been published in Conservative Judasim, Sh'ma, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, The Association of Jewish Studies Review, Tikkun, The Reconstructionist, Kerem, The Jewish Spectator, The Jewish Journal and on-line at Jewschool.com and Jspot.org.