Judith Bleich

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Judith Bleich
Born Judith Ochs
1938 (age 78–79)
Nationality American
Fields Judaic studies
Institutions Touro College
Alma mater New York University
Stern College
Spouse J. David Bleich (m. 1961)

Judith Bleich (born 1938) is a professor of Judaic studies at Touro College in Manhattan.[1] She specializes in the nineteenth-century development of Reform and neo-Orthodoxy in the wake of the enlightenment and emancipation, and has written extensively on modern Jewish history.[1] She is also a member of the steering committee for the Orthodox Forum organized by Yeshiva University.[2]


She was born Judith Ochs.[3] In June 1961 she married Rabbi J. David Bleich.[3] They have three children together.

Academic credentials[edit]

Bleich earned her bachelor's degree and Bachelor of Religious Education from Stern College. She earned her master's degree from Yeshiva University.[4] She earned her doctorate from New York University in 1974 with her dissertation Jacob Ettlinger, His Life and Works: The Emergence of Modern Orthodoxy in Germany.[5]

Selected bibliography[edit]

A full list of Bleich's articles appears here.


  • "A symposium on divided and distinguished worlds". Tradition 26,2 (1992) 4-62[6]
  • "Between East and West: modernity and traditionalism in the writings of Rabbi Yehi’el Ya’akov Weinberg". Engaging Modernity (1997) 169-273
  • "The Emergence of an Orthodox Press in Nineteenth-Century Germany". Jewish Social Studies 42 3/4 (1980), 323-344[7]
  • "Liturgical innovation and spirituality: Trends and trendiness". Jewish Spirituality and Divine Law (2005) 315-405[6]
  • "Rabbi Akiva Eger and the Nascent Reform Movement", in Proceedings of the World Congress of Jewish Studies 9.B3 (1986)[8]
  • "Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch: Ish al Ha’edah". Jewish Action 56.4: 28
  • "Rabbinic responses to nonobservance in the modern era". Jewish Tradition and the Non-Traditional Jew (1992) 37-115[6]
  • "The Testament of a Halakhist". Tradition 20.3 (1982)

Book chapters[edit]

  • "The Circumcision Controversy in Classical Reform in Historical Context" in Turim: Studies in Jewish history and literature presented to Dr. Bernard Lander (Volume 1) (2007).[9]
  • "Greater Resources, Greater Accountability" in The Ethical Imperative: Torah perspectives on ethics and values (2000)[10]
  • "Military service: Ambivalence and contradition" in War and Peace in the Jewish Tradition (2007), 415-476[11]


  1. ^ a b Bleich, Judith (2008). "Ish Yehudi: The Life and the Legacy of a Torah Great, Rav Joseph Tzvi Carlebach". Jewish Action. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Ziring, Jonathan (22 October 2010). "An Interview with Rabbi Robert Hirt". Kol Hamevaser. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series". highbeam.com. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Touro College 2005-2007 Bulletin" (PDF). Touro College. p. 207. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Myers, Jody (February 1987). "Attitudes Toward a Resumption of Sacrificial Worship in the Nineteenth Century". Modern Judaism. Oxford University Press. 7 (1): 48 (note 48). doi:10.1093/mj/7.1.29. 
  6. ^ a b c "Dr. Judith Bleich". Touro College. 3 December 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Bleich, Judith (Summer–Autumn 1980). "The Emergence of an Orthodox Press in Nineteenth-Century Germany". Jewish Social Studies. Indiana University Press. 42 (3/4): 323–344. JSTOR 4467098. 
  8. ^ Ferziger, Adam S. (2010). "Eger, Akiva ben Mosheh — Suggested Reading". YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  9. ^ Shmidman, Michael A. Turim: Studies in Jewish history and literature presented to Dr. Bernard Lander. Touro College Press. pp. 1–28. ISBN 9780881259599. 
  10. ^ Wolpin, Nisson (2000). The Ethical Imperative: Torah perspectives on ethics and values. Mesorah Publications Ltd. ISBN 1-57819-508-X. 
  11. ^ Schiffman, Lawrence; Wolowelsky, Joel B. (2007). War and Peace in the Jewish Tradition. Yeshiva University Press. ISBN 0-88125-945-4.