Gruss Scholar-in-Residence

General Information 

The Gruss Scholar-in-Residence will spend a year in full-time residence at NYU School of Law while researching and writing significant and publishable scholarship in an area related to Jewish law and/or the interaction between Jewish and American law. It is expected that at least one published article will result from the Scholar's year of residence; this article will be considered for publication in a working paper series of the Law School.

In addition, the Gruss Scholar will familiarize him/herself with the Gruss Library, so as to serve as a resource on its contents for members of the Law School community. The Scholar will supervise the continual updating and enriching of the Gruss Library and will act as the resident liaison between the library, the main Law School library and the rest of the Law School community. The Scholar will become fully integrated with the intellectual community of the Law School, regularly attending events of the School of Law, including the faculty colloquia and other similar events.

2022-2023 Gruss Scholar-in-Residence

Job Y. Jindo specializes in Hebrew Bible, Semitic Philology, and Comparative Religion. He is a Faculty Member and Associate Professor at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Previously, he taught at the New York University School of Law, Jewish Theological Seminary, the National University of Singapore while serving as Director of Academic Programs at NYU’s Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization. His research interests span from phenomenology of biblical religion, to comparative religion (esp., eastern religions), modern Jewish biblical interpretation, mindfulness in the East and the West, memory of the dead and the identity of the living, and cross-cultural and cross-religious dialogue.

Contact: yj298@nyu.edu

Research Title: 

“Between Hagami and Chouraqui: Monotheisms, the East, and the Survival of Humanness”

Research Synopsis:

This research explores the relationship between two prominent religious minds—Rev. Shōchō Hagami (1903–89), a Japanese Tendai-Buddhist, and Dr. André Nathan Chouraqui (1917–2007), an Algerian-Jewish thinker. Hagami and Chouraqui each manifested a distinct synthesis of the East and the West, and they used their multicultural backgrounds to promote peaceful coexistence among different religions and cultures—especially, among the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This is part of a book in progress, The Life and Legacy of Shocho Hagami: Buddhism, Religious Reconciliation and the Survival of Humanness (to be published as part of the “History of Ideas” series by the Dangoor Centre for Universal Monotheism at Bar-Ilan University).

Previous Gruss Scholars-in-Residence

  • Hillel Mali
  • Irit Offer Stark
  • Adiel Zimran
  • Debra Glasberg Gail
  • Tamara Morsel-Eisenberg
  • Shraga Bar-On
  • Shivi Greenfield
  • Ruth Kaniel Kara-Ivanov
  • Dr. Job Jindo
  • Yehuda Septimus
  • Rabbi Naftali Cohn
  • Rabbi David Flatto
  • Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein