The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Stampfer, Shaul (emeritus)


Born - Atlanta Georgia 1948. Graduated Lincoln High School 1965. BA Yeshiva University 1970. Yeshivat Kerem BeYavne 1967 - 1968, 1970 - 1971. Ph.D. Hebrew University 1982. Postgraduate Study Harvard +University 1982 - 1983. Institute for Jewish Studies in the USSR, Moscow 1989 - 1992.



The Formation of the Lithuanian Yeshiva (Jerusalem, 1995) Hebrew.


1). "The Pushke and Its Development" in Katedra 21 (Oct. 1981) pp. 89 - 102. Hebrew

2). "East European Jewish Migration to the United States" in Migration across Time and Nations, ed. Ira Glazier and Luigi De Rosa (New York 1986) pp.220 - 230. English

3). "Literacy Among East European Jewry in the Modern Period: Context, Background and Implications" in Transition and Change in Modern Jewish History (Ettinger volume) (Jerusalem 1987) pp.459-483. Hebrew

4). "The Social Implications of Very Early Marriage in Eastern Europe in the Nineteenth Century" in Studies on Polish Jewry / Paul Glikson Memorial Volume ed. Ezra Mendelsohn and Chone Shmeruk (Jerusalem 1987) pp. 65 - 77. Hebrew

5). "Heder Study, Knowledge of Torah and the Maintenance of Social Stratification in Traditional East European Jewish Society" in Studies in Jewish Education II I (1988) pp. 271 - 289. English

6). "Remarriage Among Jews and Christians in Nineteenth-Century Eastern Europe" in Jewish History vol. III No. 2 Fall 1988 pp.85-114. English

7). "The 1764 Census of Polish Jewry" in Bar Ilan / Annual of Bar Ilan University vol. 24-25 (Ramat Gan 1989) [text without tables pp. 41 - 60] English.

8). "L'amour et la famille chez les Juifs d'Europe orientale a l'epoque moderne" in La Societe Juive A Travers L'histoire vol II ed. Shmuel Trigano (Paris 1992) pp. 435 - 468. French.

9). "Gender Differentiation and Education of the Jewish Woman in Nineteenth Century Eastern Europe" in Polin VII 1992 pp. 187 - 211. English.

10)."Patterns of Internal Jewish Migration in the Russian Empire" in Yaacov Ro'i ed. Jews and Jewish Life in Russian and the Soviet Union (London 1995) pp. 28-47. English.

11). "Dormitory and Yeshiva in Eastern Europe" pp. 15 - 28 in Religious Dormitory Education in Israel (Jerusalem 1997). Hebrew "Hungarian Yeshivot, Lithuanian Yeshivot and Josef Ben David" Jewish History 11:1 Spring 1997 pp. 131 - 141. English.

12). "The 1764 Census Of Lithuanian Jewry And What It Can Teach Us" Papers in Jewish Demography 1993 (Jerusalem 1997) pp.91 - 121 English.

13). "Aspects of Population Growth and Migration in Polish-Lithuanian Jewry in the Modern Period" in The Broken Chain / Polish Jewry Through the Ages (Jerusalem 1997). Hebrew.

14). "Jewish Population Patterns in Pre-Partition Lithuania and Some of Their Implications" in Scripta Hierosolymitana XXXVIII / Studies in the History of the Jews in Old Poland in honor of Jacob Goldberg (Jerusalem, 1998) pp. 189 - 223 English.

15). "Hasidic Yeshivot in Interwar Poland" in Polin 11 (1998) English.

16). Scientific Welfare and Lonely Old People: The Development of Old Age Homes Among Jews in Eastern Europe (forthcoming in Studies in Contemporary Jewry) English.

17). "Inheritance of the Rabbinate in Eastern Europe in the Modern Period - Causes, Factors and Development over Time" (Forthcoming in Jewish History) English.

18). "The Controversy over Shechita and the Struggle Between Hasidim and Mitnagdim" (Forthcoming in Piekarz Jubilee Volume) Hebrew.

19). Jewish Education in Eastern Europe and Moslem Education in North Africa - A Comparative Study (forthcoming in Studia Judaica / Cluj Romania) English.

20). How Many Jews Died in the Chmielnicki Uprising (1648 - 1650) (forthoming in a Bar Ilan volume on the Chmielnicki uprising) English.

Courses Taught (a selection):

1). Introduction to Modern East European Jewish History

2). Economic History of Jews in Eastern Europe

3). Demographic History of Jews in Eastern Europe

4). Sex, Family and Death in East European Jewish History

5). Emigration and Settlement in East European Jewish History

6). Communication and Society in Jewish History

7). History of Jewish Education in Eastern Europe

8). Jews and Other Minorities in Eastern Europe

9). Rabbinate and Yeshivot in Eastern Europe

Lecture topics: Same as courses I have taught.


Abstracts of Current Research:

A demographic history of Eastern Europe:

The modern period was characterized by major shifts in demographic patterns, both among Jews and non-Jews. Shifts in the death rates, especially among children, led to an increase in family size and rapid growth in population. This was accompanied by shifts in marriage patterns both in terms of the percentage of those marrying and in marriage age. Differentials in these changes affected the make-up of the various communities and indirectly had an impact on patterns of migration and economic growth.

Subscription lists as an historical source:

Much of the current research on the crystallization of ideological groupings in East European Jewry has concentrated on the attitudes of leaders and central figures with little attention paid to the members of the movements. This was largely because we have few sources on their positions. The subscription lists, often appended to books, offers such a source of information. A computerized data bank of these sources makes it possible to identify shifts in support by those individuals who could afford to order books in advance.

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