Hebrew U. President says scholars harm themselves by closing their gates to new ideas, updated work.
Menahem Ben-Sasson has been president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem since 2009 after having served for four years in the Knesset, where he chaired its Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. A historian of the heritage of Oriental Jewry, he has written some 40 books and scholarly articles on a range of subjects, including Jewish communities in Muslim lands, the relationship between religion and economics and law and spirituality as sources of authority in Medieval Oriental Society. The Jewish Week caught up with him last week in the wake of the vote by the American Studies Association to boycott Israeli universities.