The Team

Yifat Monnickendam

Yifat Monnickendam

Head of Research 

I specialize in the comparative study of Christian, Roman and Jewish sources from late antiquity and early Byzantium, viewing them through the lens of legal history. By applying philological and comparative methods to texts in Greek, Latin, Syriac, Aramaic and Hebrew, I seek to address questions regarding the sources, formation, and development of each of these texts individually and to reveal trends and ties between the different Mediterranean communities of late antiquity, ties that led to polemic and rejection of traditions, or their adoption, influence and preservation. Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, and teach at the Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

CV and Publications

Shmuel Herr


Reaserch Assistant

Shmuel Herr is the Editor in Chief of the Shalom Hartman Institute Press and a member of the academic faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute. He has been teaching Talmud and Midrash in various programs in Israel and abroad, is involved in the Jewish-Christian dialogue, and lectures frequently in academic and religious institutions in Germany.

Shmuel Herr graduated from the Hebrew University in Talmud and Classics in 2000 and is currently continuing his studies toward an MA at the Talmud department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is planning to write his doctoral thesis on ancient Judaism and Syriac literature.

Rami Schwartz


Research Assistant

Rami Schwartz earned his BA with honors from the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2014. He is currently working on his MA as part of the university's Interdisciplinary Honors Program for the Study of Late Antiquity. His thesis, under the supervision Prof. Maren Niehoff, will focus on the fifth century rabbinic midrash Genesis Rabbah and its relationship to Christian literature and society of the period. The thesis is being written under the auspices of Niehoff's joint research project with Prof. Peter Schaefer entitled Genesis Rabbah in Light of Patristic Exegesis.

In addition to his work on the Hidden Law project, Rami is a participant in the Jerusalem-Oxford Workshop for the Study of Abrahamic Religions, a cooperative between the Hebrew University and the University of Oxford. This year he was awarded the Abba and Rachel Aharoni Prize for Excellence in the Study of Jewish Philosophy by the Jewish Thought Department.

Noga Ehrlich 


Research Assistant

Noga Ehrlich is a BA student at Tel Aviv University, majoring in Classical studies and History, while working as a photographer and editor. In higher degrees she intends to focus on different angles of cultural history.

David Gadish

Research Assistant

David Gadish graduated from Herzog College (B.ed). Currently, he is studying for an MA degree in Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests lie in the history and relationships of Jews and Christians in late antique Palestine.