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Barry Wimpfheimer

Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the Pritzker School of Law

Ph.D. Columbia University
Curriculum Vitae


Professor Wimpfheimer joined the Northwestern faculty in 2006, following a year as Mal and Lea Bank Early Career Professor of Jewish Studies at Penn State University and a semester as Harry Starr Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Judaic Studies.  Prior to completing his doctorate with a dissertation entitled “Legal Narratives in the Babylonian Talmud,” he received his rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University in 2000.

Jewish Studies Courses

  • Religious Studies 101-6: Introduction to Kabbalah
  • Religious Studies 220: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
  • Religious Studies 230: Introduction to Judaism
  • Religious Studies 339: The Sabbath in Rabbinic Literature
  • Religious Studies 339/Humanities 302: Law as Literature - Jewish Law
  • Religion 339: Gender and Judaism
  • Religion 339: The Talmud: An Introduction
  • Religion 474: Studies in Judaism--Religion and Narrative

Distance Learning

Barry Wimpfheimer and Sarah Wolf designed and produced the first ever MOOC on the Talmud in 2016.

You can enroll in this online course offering by registering.

The course is divided into eight modules. Each module consists of 3-5 short video lectures (videos are usually less than ten minutes long) along with downloadable texts and multiple choice quizzes. The course also has two more involved writing assignments. This MOOC is free to the public, although you can get a certificate for completing the course for a fee. And users are also able to selectively use the course materials by, for example, binge watching the videos without doing the assessments. The course has active discussion forums where users can interact with fellow members of their cohort of students and with the instructors. We look forward to seeing you online!

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free courses produced by various universities for the general public and housed by companies with special platforms specifically designed for this kind of adult distance learning. Northwestern has partnered with Coursera to produce and host many MOOCs.

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