Betty Rojtman is the Katherine Cornell Professor of Comparative Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As the chair of the Department of French studies, she has founded the Desmarais Center for French Culture at the Hebrew University, and headed it for many years. She regularly collaborates with the Collège International the Philosophie, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, and the Elie Wiesel Institute in Paris. Her current research deals with Transcendence and Negativity in traditional Jewish sources (Midrash, Hassidism, Kabbalah) and (post)modern texts (literature, philosophy).
Professor Rojtman is the author of several books, including Feu noir sur Feu Blanc: Essai sur l'herméneutique juive (Verdier, 1986; English translation, by Steven Rendall, Black Fire on White Fire: An Essay on Jewish Hermeneutics, from Midrash to Kabbalah, 1998), Une grave distraction. Preface by Paul Ricoeur (Balland, 1991), Une Rencontre improbable: Equivoques de la destinée (Gallimard, 2002). In parallel to her academic work, she writes meditative and poetical essays (Le Pardon à la lune: Essai sur le tragique biblique (Gallimard, 2001), Moïse, prophète des nostalgies (Gallimard, 2007).
updated July 14, 2011