Michael J. Cohen holds the Lazarus Philips Chair in History at Bar-Ilan University. He has published numerous articles and eight books on the Palestine Mandate, the rise of the State of Israel, and Great Power strategy in the Middle East during the Cold War. His latest book is Strategy and Politics in the Middle East, 1954–1960: Defending the Northern Tier (2005).
Jerome Gellman is a professor of philosophy at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with a specialty in the philosophy of religion. His most recent book is Abraham! Abraham! Kierkegaard and the Hasidim on the Binding of Isaac (2003).
Sander Gilman is a Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Emory University. His most recent book is Fat Boys: Slim Book (2004). He also edited the volume Smoke: A Global History of Smoking (with Zhou Xun ). He previously taught at Cornell and the University of Chicago. He served in 2004–2005 as the Weidenfeld Visiting Professor of European Comparative Literature at Oxford University.
Moshe Idel is the Max Cooper Professor in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is the author of many studies on Kabbalah and Hasidism, including Kabbalah: New Perspectives (1998), Hasidism: Between Ecstasy and Magic (1995), Absorbing Perfections: Kabbalah and Interpretation (2002), and Kabbalah and Eros (2005).
Hilda Nissimi is a lecturer of modern history at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. She has published Rebellion and Tradition in Palestine during the Mandate (1985). Her current interest is in cryptofaith communities, especially the Mashhadi Jewish community.
David Singer is the director of research at the American Jewish Committee and coeditor of the American Jewish Year Book. He has written for a wide variety of periodicals and scholarly journals. His articles have appeared in Commentary, Midstream, American Quarterly, and Tradition. He is working on an intellectual history of modern Orthodoxy. [End Page 211]