Core Semikha, Class of 2024
Born in Israel and raised in the United States, Dr. Tamar Marvin is a scholar, writer, and educator currently based in Los Angeles and making aliyah with her family in 2024. She holds a Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Literature and Journalism from New York University. A 2022 Vatichtov writing fellow and an inaugural Sefaria Word-by-Word fellow, Tamar is at work on her first book, “The Worlds of the Rishonim: An Intellectual History of Medieval Jewish Life, 500-1570.” Tamar is also a 2022-23 iCenter fellow with a master’s concentration in Israel education. She remains fascinated by the thought of the Rishonim, with a new interest in the process and philosophy of halakha, especially its unfolding in the State of Israel.
Tamar’s writing has appeared in academic and broader media, including The Lehrhaus, and she is active online promoting Jewish learning. She has developed virtual learning experiences since 2013, teaching and lecturing, both in person and online, in a number of university and Jewish settings, including American Jewish University, the Wexner Heritage Foundation, and the American Sephardi Federation. Tamar is passionate about creating access to foundational Jewish texts—in their full complexity—for all who wish to approach them. Her website is trmarvin.org.
publications and media
What We Can and Can’t Do
On Remembering Where We’ve Been
#maharat10daysoftorah Pesach 2022, Day 10
Dvar Torah; Multimedia
Holidays; Video Dvar Torah
On Lost Arts
We Cannot but Be in Process