Reuven Kimelman is Professor of Classical Rabbinic Literature at Brandeis University. His work specializes in the history of Judaism with a focus on the history and meaning of the Jewish liturgy. Professor Kimelman teaches courses and directs doctoral work in Talmud, Midrash, Liturgy, Ethics, and the Jewish Political tradition. He has written on the interaction between Judaism and Christianity in antiquity and modernity. His books include The Rhetoric of Jewish Prayer: A Literary and Historical Commentary on the Prayerbook, and the Hebrew work, The Mystical Meaning of Lekhah Dodi and the Welcoming of the Sabbath.