Hillel Weiss

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Hillel Weiss is a professor of literature at Bar Ilan University in Israel.

Hillel Weiss, 2008

Academic career[edit]

Hillel Weiss is a tenured professor at the Joseph & Norman Berman Department of Literature of the Jewish People, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Bar-llan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. As head of the Department of Hebrew Literature, he changed its name to the Department of Literature of the Jewish People. He is the editor of “Bikoret U’parshanut,” a journal of literary criticism.

As a literary researcher, he specializes in the work of Shmuel Yosef Agnon, about whom he has published five books. He developed a computerized database for the author's complete works, with 2,500,000 words that can be accessed online through a retrieval system. The access is through three main frames. Frame A: Poetics. General typhology, genres; motifs sources, poetic functions Frame B index of subjects, philosophy, history; society; psychology Frame C indices of individual works according to A and B, index of place and names, index of synopses; abstracts of criticism; bibliography

Views and opinions[edit]

Hillel Weiss is a prominent figure of the Neo-Zionist movement.[1] He was one of the founders of the religious peace movement in the early 1970s. He believes in the necessity of rebuilding the Temple and instating Jewish rule over Greater Israel.[2][3][4] Weiss believes that secular Jews are betraying their cultural heritage if they deny the mythical aspect of the Masada narrative.[5] In the chapter "The Messianic Theme in the Works of A.B. Yehoshua and Amos Oz"[6] in the anthology Israel and the Post-Zionists: A Nation at Risk, Weiss invokes the Holocaust as a cognitive filter to describe the actions of the right wing Israeli government and portrays post Zionism as a negation of a Jewish State, anti-Zionist and anti-Israel.[7] Weiss views the Jewish experience as an "ongoing Shoah".[8]

He has also opposed a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Israel because of previously expressed views by the Holy See that Jerusalem should become an international city.[9]


Weiss was the cause of a controversy during the 2005 Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem when he said "this abomination should be expelled from the Holy City by any means necessary".[10] Weiss became the subject of another controversy due to comments he made in August 2007, during the eviction of his daughter, Tehila Yahalom, from the Hebron wholesale market.[11] Moshe Kaveh, president of Bar-Ilan University, denounced his remarks. [12] The Council for Peace and security also criticized him.[13]

Published works[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Uri Ram, The Future of the Past in Israel - A Sociology of Knowledge Approach, in Benny Morris, Making Israel, the University of Michigan Press, 2007.
  2. ^ Haaretz Weiss versa by Avi Garfunkel,30 January 2004
  3. ^ friendvill0104 (copy of Ha'aretz article)
  4. ^ ABC News
  5. ^ Nachman Ben-Yehuda (1996) The Masada Myth: Collective Memory and Mythmaking in Israel University of Wisconsin Press, ISBN 0-299-14834-3, ISBN 978-0-299-14834-8 p 287
  6. ^ Israel and the Post-Zionists: A Nation at Risk, Chapter 11: “The Messianic Theme in the Works of A.B. Yehoshua and Amos Oz Retrieved 2013-01-02
  7. ^ Editors Shlomo Sharan, Merkaz Ari’el le-meḥḳere mediniyut (2003) Israel and the Post-Zionists: A Nation at Risk Sussex Academic Press, ISBN 1-903900-52-2, ISBN 978-1-903900-52-9 p 204-226
  8. ^ S. Lillian Kremer , (2003) Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and Their Work Taylor & Francis ISBN 0-415-92984-9, ISBN 978-0-415-92984-4 p 822
  9. ^ Prof. Hillel Weiss: Pope persona non grata
  10. ^ Ha'aretz 13 August 2008 Prof. charged with incitement to violence for comments on Gay Pride parade
  11. ^ Hebron.com
  12. ^ Ha'aretz 13 August 2007 Professor says leftist "terrorists" made him apologize for Comments
  13. ^ Council for Peace and security