PhD in Translation Studies
PhD in Jewish Studies

A page from the Babylonian Talmud

About me

I was born in Ferrara (Italy) in 1973.
From 1998 to 2001 I worked as Teaching Assistant in Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Bologna.
From 2006 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2011 I worked as Research Assistant at the Institute for Jewish Studies of the Free University Berlin.
I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI Berlin).

My work focuses on Deconstruction and its application to religious texts, on Semantics and its application to Biblical texts, on medieval Hebrew philology and on Translation Studies. My teaching fields run from ancient to modern Jewish thought and also cover post-structuralist philosophy (mainly: J. Derrida, M. Foucault and P. de Man).

Since 1996 I have been the Editor of the series Bibliotheca Philosophica for the publishing house Gallio Editori. In 2009 I worked as freelance editor for the publishing house Mamash.
I work as freelance translator into Italian from three languages: German, English and Hebrew.
Thus, I usually speak more than I write. I am a freelance journalist, though.

Education 1992-2016

2014-2016: Postdoc at the ICI Berlin
2007-2008: Postdoctoral Grant in Jewish Studies (Yad Hanadiv/ The Rothschild Foundation Europe)
2006-2008: PhD in Jewish Studies (Free University, Berlin, Germany)
2000-2006: MA in Hebrew (University of Florence, Italy)
2001-2005: PhD in Translation Studies (University of Bologna, Italy)
2004: Scholarship as Visiting Graduate Student at Brown University (Providence, R.I., Usa)
2003: Scholarship as Visiting Graduate Student at Brown University (Providence, R.I., Usa)
1998-2001: Teaching Assistant in Theoretical Philosophy (University of Bologna, Italy)
1992-1997: MA in Philosophy (University of Bologna, Italy)

Affiliations and Memberships

AJS (Association for Jewish Studies)
AISG (Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Giudaismo)
BAJS (British Association for Jewish Studies)
DIRST (Dottorato di Ricerca in Scienza della Traduzione)
EAJS (European Association for Jewish Studies)
ICI Berlin (Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry)
ODG (Ordine dei Giornalisti)
Politesse (Research Centre Politesse Politics and Theories of Sexuality)

Present Project

ICI Project (2014-2016)
The Sacrifice of Isaac as Exodus from Law

The biblical “Sacrifice of Isaac” is considered, according to Jewish tradition, as Abraham’s final trial: that is, the conclusive act in his erratic wandering from Ur to the Land of Israel. I assume that the “Sacrifice of Isaac” has a crucial importance for understanding the ongoing secularization of European culture. On the one hand, Abraham is the acknowledged “Father” of the three monotheistic religions. On the other hand, the “Sacrifice of Isaac” in the bible displays his ultimate trial in front of God, representing a model for religious behavior in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. With respect to this, the “Sacrifice of Isaac” is the expression of an “agonistic” philosophy of law, that is a vital confrontation with juridical and ethical issues. I believe that there is an ontological connection between Abraham’s “erring” and his attitude towards the Law that he is willing to “transgress” by sacrificing Isaac in the name of God.


Massekhet Keritot. Text, Translation and Commentary (A Feminist Commentary on the Bablylonian Talmud), Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2013, 487 pp.

La lingua malata. Linguaggio e violenza nella filosofia contemporanea [The Ill Tongue. Language and Violence in Contemporary Philosophy], Bologna, Clueb, 2008, 140 pp.;

La Legge e il volto di Dio. La rivelazione sul Sinai nella letteratura ebraica e cristiana [Law and God’s face. The Sinai Revelation in Jewish and Christian Literature], Firenze, La Giuntina, 2004, 103 pp.;

Società e discorso. L’etica della comunicazione in K.O. Apel e J. Derrida [Society and Speech. The Ethics of Communication in K.O. Apel and J. Derrida], Milan, Mimesis, 2002, 218 pp.

Edited Books

«Chi dite che io sia?» Gesù nel suo e nel nostro tempo [Who do you think I am? Jesus in His and Our Time], Ferrara, Gallio Editori, 2007, 272 pp.


[from Hebrew]
Dan Pagis, Papà [“Daddy”], Firenze, La Giuntina, 2014, pp. 70

[from German]
A. Von Harnack, Marcione o il Vangelo del Dio straniero [Marcion. The Gospel of the Alien God], Milano, Marietti, 2007, 336 pp.;

B. Allemann, Sul poetico, Ferrara, Gallio Editori, 1999

J. Taubes, Il Leviatano come Dio mortale, in «Teologia Politica», I, 2004, pp, 35-46, Milano, Marietti Editore, 2004;

E. Fink, Sull’entusiasmo, Ferrara, Edited by R. Cristin, Gallio Editori, 2003

J. Derrida, I limiti del consenso, in F. Dal Bo, Società e discorso, cit.;

H. Mayer, Che cos’è la teologia politica, in La comunità, la sua legge, la sua giustizia, Edited by R. Panattoni, Padova, Il Poligrafo, 2000, pp. 9-20;


The Theological and Cultural Challenge of “Messianic Jews.” Towards a New Jewish Paradigm? in “Pardes”, Issue 21 (2015): Jesus in the Jewish Culture of the 19th and 20th century / Issue 20 (2015): Die Figur Jesu in der Jüdischen Kultur des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, pp. 33-58.

Dan Pagis e il Meridiano della Memoria in Papà, Firenze, La Giuntina, 2014, pp. 53-75;

Du solltest dich verfolgen lassen. Eine theologisch-politische Auslegung vom Talmudischen Traktat Baba Kamma 93 [You should let you be persecuted. A theological-political Reading from the Talmud Tractate Baba Kamma 93] in Täter und Opfer. Verbrechen und Stigma im europäisch-jüdischen Kontext, Würzburg, Verlag Königshausen & Neumann, 2014, pp. 69-95;

The entry Le'om in Theologische Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten / Theological Dictionary of the Qumran manuscripts, II Band, (ThWQ), Stuttgart, Kohlhammer; (in preparation);

Il Nascondimento di Dio nella Tradizione Ebraica, in Ha-Keihillah. Bimestrale Ebraico Torinese. Organo del Gruppo di Studi Ebraici, Numero 3, Luglio 2013 (Av 5773)

Women to Think With: Sexual Transgressions as Heuristics in Tractate Kritot In A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud II: Seder Qodashim. vol. 1, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2012, p. 241-252

A Reading of the “Epistle to the Romans” in Mithridates’ Latin translation of Giqatilla’s “Gates of Justice” for Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, in M. Perani e G. Corazzol (Eds.), Flavio Mitridate mediatore fra culture nel contesto dell’ebraismo siciliano del XV secolo. Atti del Convegno Internazionale. Caltabellotta, 30 luglio-1 agosto 2008 Palermo, Officina di Studi Medievali, 2012, pp. 137-147.

The Theory of “Emanation” in Gikatilla's "Gates of Justice", in «Journal of Jewish Studies», 62, 1, 2011, pp. 79-104; (refereed)

The entry Bamah in Theologische Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten / Theological Dictionary of the Qumran manuscripts, I Band, (ThWQ), Stuttgart, Kohlhammer, 2011, pp. 460-462;

The entry Hutz in Theologische Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten / Theological Dictionary of the Qumran manuscripts, I Band, (ThWQ), Stuttgart, Kohlhammer, 2011, pp. 916-917;

The entry Hoq in Theologische Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten / Theological Dictionary of the Qumran manuscripts, I Band, (ThWQ), Stuttgart, Kohlhammer, 2011, pp. 918-923;

Traduzione come mediazione linguistica: Celan traduttore di Ungaretti tra italiano e francese [Translation as linguistic mediation: Celan as translator of Ungaretti between Italian and French], in «Italian Poetry Review», Columbia University, 3, 2008, pp. 476-493; (refereed)

(book review) Reviews of B.L. Sherwin's Kabbalah, M. Kellner's Maimonides' Confrontation with Mysticism, D.J. Halperin, Sabbatai Zevi, M. Altshuler, The Messianic Secrets of Hasidism and R. Elior, The Mystical Origins of Hasidism, in «Journal of Jewish Studies», Vol. LIX, n. 2, Autumn 2008, pp. 335-343;

Il poeta traduttore. Paul Celan e Ingeborg Bachmann si confrontano con Ungaretti [The Poet Traslator. Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann face Ungaretti] in «Comunicare», 2006, pp. 197-219; (refereed)

Traduzione come poesia: Bachmann e Celan interpreti di Ungaretti [Translation as Poetry: I. Bachmann and Paul Celan readings of Ungaretti], in Traduzione e poesia, edited by A. Dolfi, Roma, Bulzoni, 2004, pp. 743-763; (refereed)

Tra la sabbia e le stelle: Scholem e la traduzione di Zohar 22a-26b [Between Sand and Stars: Scholem’s Translation of Zohar 22a-26b], in «Materia Giudaica», VIII, 2, 2004, pp. 297-309; (refereed)

La testimonianza della pace. Derrida lettore di Celan [Witnessing Peace: Derrida Reads Paul Celan], in Aa. Vv., Filosofia e pace, edited by I. Malaguti, Rimini, Fara, 2000, pp. 224-239;

Filosofia del linguaggio e morale della comunicazione in K.O. Apel [Philosophy of Language and Ethics of Communication in K.O. Apel], in «Segni e comprensione», XIV, n. 39-40, 2000, pp. 76-110; (refereed)

L’utopia dell’angelo. Note a L’angelo necessario di M. Cacciari [The Angel Utopia. Notes to M. Cacciari’s L’angelo necessario], in «Arcipelago» 5, 2000, pp. 114-121;

Il tema della salvezza nelle Confessioni [Augustine’s Theory of Redemption in Confessions], in «Studia Patavina» 47, I, 2000, pp. 63-84; (refereed)

Ebraismo e filosofia. Levinas e la comunità occidentale [Judaism and Philosophy. Levinas and the Western Community], in La comunità, la sua legge, la sua giustizia, edited by R. Panattoni, Padova, Il Poligrafo, 2000, pp. 117-127;

Postfazione al testo di G. Hottois, Il segno e la tecnica, [Preface to the Italian Edition of Hottois’ Le signe et la technique], Ferrara, Gallio Editori, 1999, pp. 224-257;

La teoria della nevrosi in Freud e il movimento della metafora [Freud’s Theory of Neurosis and the Movement of Metaphor], «Rivista di psicologia» 1, 1999, pp. 55-78; (refereed)

Il medico e la filosofia. Un commento a L’interesse per la psicoanalisi di Freud, [The Doctor and Philosophy: A Comment on The interest in Psychoanalysis], «Rivista di psicologia» 3, 1995, pp. 81-101; (refereed)

Il teatro del sapere: un’interpretazione della Repubblica platonica [The Theatre of Learning: An Interpretation of Plato’s Republic], «Philo:logica» V, 9, March 1996, pp. 91-104; (refereed)

Organized talks

(with Antonio Castore)
International Conference: Untying the Mother Tongue. On Language, Affect, and the Unconscious
Keynotes by Daniel Boyarin and Hélène Cixous
Berlin Institue for Cultural Inquiry
11-12 May 2016, Berlin


Rahmana: From Text to Maternity on Emmanuel Levinas Talmudic Hermeneutics
21st World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association
21-27 July 2016, Vienna

From Halakhah to Kabbalah. The Evolution of the Jewish Animosity against the Gentiles: from a Juridical to a Metaphysical Controversy.
Interfaith Relations in the 14th Century
The 14th Century Society at the International Congress on Medieval Studies
12-15 May 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan (US)

Innerlichkeit and Äußerlichkeit. Martin Heidegger’s Schwarze Hefte and his Metaphysical Anti-Semitism
Innerlichkeit and Modernity. The German-Jewish Perspective
Zentrum für Jüdische Studien (ZJS)
28-29 January 2016, Berlin

The Theological Politics of Secrecy in Yosef Gikatilla
A Panel on “Exclusive Knowledge in Medieval Kabbalah” with Marla Segol, Jonathan Dauber, Jeremy Brown, and Hartley Lachter
47th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS, 2015)
13-15 December 2015, Boston (MA)

Tecniche interpretative e studi di genere: dal Talmud al decostruzionismo
Dipartimento di Scienze Giuridiche
Università di Bologna
27 November 2015, Bologna (Italy)

Dan Pagis as a Reluctant Hebrew Poet and Paul Celan as a Reluctant German Poet. Language, Identity, and Poetry
The sixth Postgraduate Translation Symposium
The University of East Anglia
21-22 November 2015, Norwich (UK)

Bruria: Eine Frau als Kommentatorin. Zur Hermeneutik und Sexualität im Talmud
Zentrum für Komparative Theologie und Kulturwissenschaften
University of Paderborn
11 November 2015, Paderborn (Germany)

“By the Sanctuary, these Prices are too High!.” A Case of Economic Speculation in a Jewish Law Book (revisited)
Jewish Attitudes toward Wealth and Poverty
Brown University
1-3 November 2015, Providence (RI)

Levinas’ Ethical Religion. Levinas’ philosophical treatment of the “this world”-“the world to come” dichotomy
The Twenty-Eighth Annual Klutznick-Harris-Schwalb Symposium
Schwalb Center for Israel and Jewish Studies
University of Nebraska-Omaha
25-26 October 2015, Omaha (US)

“Gentiles are like donkeys.” Some Theological­-Political Remarks on Talmudic Juridical Vocabulary
Jewish/non­-Jewish Relations from Antiquity to the Present
The Parkes Jubilee Conference
University of Southampton
7-9 September 2015, Southampton (UK)

Eros und Kabbalah. Der Begriff von Liebe in der jüdischen Mystik. Vortrag, Gespräch
Lange Nacht der Religionen Berlin and Humboldt University
St. Elisabeth Kirche Mitte
29 August 2015, Berlin

Archi-Writing – A Short History of Writing from the Caves to the Webspace
JVE-A Berlin
30 July 2015, Berlin

“Skin:” a Metafictional Investigation into Jewish “Blackness” from Chamberlain’s and Pierce’s Racism to its Deconstruction in Modern British Film
The Promised Land: Utopia and Dystopia in Contemporary British-Jewish Culture
The Open University in London
23 July 2015, London

Between Textualism and Skepticism Post-modern Philosophy and the Theology of Text
BAJS Conference 2015
University of Manchester / University of Hamburg
6 July 2015, Manchester

Descending from the Tower of Babel. Descending from the Tower of Babel. Authorship, Errors, Etymologies, and Literature.
Margin of Errors (Workshop)
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
29-30 June 2015, Berlin

“A Sage Understands of His Own Knowledge” (mHag 2:1). Degrees and Hierarchy of Knowledge in Abraham Abulafia
"How Jews Know?” Epistemologies of Jewish Knowledge
Free University of Berlin
Jun 3, 2015; Berlin

Going Home When “That Agony Returns” Primo Levi’s “Ad Ora Incerta” and His Tragic Nóstos from the Camps
Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies (Free University of Berlin)
17 April 2015, Berlin

“La istoria de Purim io ve racconto” Rabbi Mordekay ben Yehudah Dato as a reader of the Book of Esther between Literature and Kabbalah
The International Conferences on Jewish Italian Literature (ICOJIL) 8
19 March 2015, Ferrara (Italy)

“By the Sanctuary, these prices are too high!” A case of Economic Speculation in a Jewish Law Book Religion, Ethnicity, and Economic Performance. New Concept and Empirical Applications
Humboldt University
5-6 March 2015, Berlin

“Egypt is only second to Israel.” Yosef ben Abraham Gikatilla on the Magic Names of God
Mysticism and Magic in Jewish Thought
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and Institute of European Culture in Gniezno
15-16th January 2015, Gniezno (Poland)

Die Opferung Isaaks zwischen Midrash und Aristotelischer Poetik
Kolloqium an der Universität Bonn: Das Tragische: Dichten als Denken
2-4th October 2014, Bonn

From Auschwitz to Srebenica: A Case of “Transnational” Representation of the Shoah in Pascal Croci’s Comics
9. ComFor-Jahrestagung in Berlin: “Grenzen ziehen, Grenzen überschreiten”
Humboldt-Universität Berlin
25-28 September 2014, Berlin

A Fetus Shaped like a “Sandal”: Metaphors, Morphology, and Embryology in the Babylonian Talmud
European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS)
The Xth Congress of the EAJS 2014
20-24th July 2014, Paris

K. as the New Isaac
The Jewish Law Association (JLA) 18th Biennial Conference
Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp
14-17th July 2014, Antwerp

“The Incident about Bruria.” Sex, Heresy, and Hermeneutics in Tractate Avodah Zarah
Jewish Law Association – European Regional Conference 2013
17 November 2013, Berlin

A Feminist Commentary on Tractate Keritot
Society for Biblical Literature
King's College
6 July 2011, London

Nashim ke-Midrash Halakha: Prat ve-Klal [In Hebrew]
Women in the Temple? A Feminist Commentary on the Babylonian Talmud
Hebrew Union College (Jerusalem) - Institute for Jewish Studies (Berlin) – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
7-8 March 2011, Jerusalem (Program)

Women to "Think with": Sexual Transgressions as Heuristics in Tractate Keritot [In English]
Ishà ba´azarà? “A Woman in the Temple Court?” Women in Seder Qodashim and in the Temple
Institute for Jewish Studies
31 October-2 November 2010, Berlin

A Reading from the “Epistle to the Romans” in Mithridates’ Latin Translation of Gikatilla’s “Gates of Justice” for Giovanni Pico della Mirandola [in Italian]
II International Congress on Flavius Mithridates, Associazione Italiana per lo Studio del Giudaismo (AISG)
31 June-1 July 2008, Caltabellotta (Sicily)

Towards a Translation Theory. Paul Celan translator of Shakespeare [in English]
Second Annual FHIS Conference for Graduate Students in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese Literature and Linguistics
French, Hispanic & Italian Studies (FHIS)
University of British Columbia
28 September 2007, Vancouver (Canada)

Figuratività e Diagrammi [In Italian]
Presentation of Prof. Giulio Busi’s Monograph Qabbala Visiva
Istituto Universitario Arti Visive (IUAV) (University Ca´ Foscari Venice)
3 January 2006, Venice (Italy)e

Augustinus und die Ursprünge des christlichen Antijudaismus [in German]
Freie Universität Berlin (Institut für Judaistik)
6 June 2005, Berlin


Jewish Attitudes toward Wealth and Poverty
Workshop organized by Michael Satlow
Brown University
1-3 November 2015, Providence (RI)

Margins of Error
Workshop with Rosa Barotsi, S. Pearl Brilmyer, James Burton, Antonio Castore, Federico Dal Bo, Maria José De Abreu, Preciosa Regina de Joya, Walid El-Houri, Ewa Majewska, Clara Masnatta, Claire Nioche-Sibony, Zairong Xiang
ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
Jun 29, 2015, Berlin

Apocalypticism and Mysticism
Workshop with Proff. Daniel Boyarin, Lorenzo Di Tommaso, and Elliot Wolfson, under the guidance of Prof. Gabriele Boccaccini
Enoch Seminar
21-26 June 2015, Gazzada (Milan, Italy)

How Jews Know. Epistemologies of Jewish Knowledge
Workshop with Proff. Jonathan Boyarin, Mark Geller, Sylvie-Anne Goldberg, Lukas Mühlethaler, Beate Ulrike La Sala, Oded Schechter, Hillel Ben Sasson
Freie Universität Berlin
2-4 June 2015, Berlin

"Dante - Auerbach - Pasolini"
Workshop with Prof. Manuele Gragnolati
Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry
22 January 2015, Berlin

"Lebenswelt und philosophisches Denken" / "Pensiero e mondo della vita"
Workshop with Prof. Sergio Givone
Humboldt Universität, Berlin
7-11 April 2014, Berlin


Joseph B. Abraham Gikatilla. Die Tore der Gerechtigkeit
Institut für Judaistik, Freie Universität Berlin
PhD in Jewish Studies, 2009

Il campo lessicale di parola in ebraico biblico
Università degli Studi di Firenze
MA in Hebrew, 2006

La poetica della trasformazione. Paul Celan traduttore dall’italiano, dall’ebraico e dall’inglese
Università degli Studi di Bologna
PhD in Translation Studies, 2005

Filosofia del Linguaggio e Morale della Comunicazione in K.O. Apel
Università degli Studi di Bologna
MA in Philosophy, 1997

Teaching at the Free University of Berlin 2007-2011

Summer 2011: Yeshayahu Leibowitz's Reading of "Pirke Avot, Ethics of the Fathers" (HS, Advanced Seminar)

Summer 2010: Jacob Taubes' and Giorgio Agamben's Reading of "Epistle to Romans" (HS, Advanced Seminar)

Summer 2009: Paul Celan and the Kabbalah (HS, Advanced Seminar)

Winter 2008: Figures of the Messias (HS, Advanced Seminar)

Summer 2008: The Binding of Isaac (HS, Advanced Seminar)

Summer 2007: Ancient and Modern Hebrew (Hebrew II)


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