Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson is President of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The former HU Rector is a Professor of the History of the Jewish People and an expert on Maimonides. Professor Ben-Sasson has written nearly 40 books and articles on the rise of local Jewish communities in Muslim lands, the relationship between religion and economics, and law and spirituality as sources of authority in Medieval Oriental Society, among other topics.
The Hebrew University alumnus conducted post-graduate research at England’s Cambridge University, where he was a Rothschild Fellow at the Genizah Research Unit. Professor Ben-Sasson also was a research fellow at The Russian National Academy of Sciences. He has been a visiting professor at Yeshiva University, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and The University of Pennsylvania. Professor Ben-Sasson has received many distinguished awards, among them, the Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Prize for the Study of Jewish Heritage and the Feher Prize for Jewish History.
A former member of the Israeli Knesset, Professor Ben-Sasson represented the Kadima Party. He was appointed Chairman of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and headed the Knesset lobby for higher education.