Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson is the Chancellor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before serving as Chancellor, Prof. Ben-Sasson served as the Hebrew University’s thirteenth President, a position he held for eight years. Prior to serving as President, he was a Member of the Israeli Knesset, where he served as Chairman of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and headed the Knesset Lobby for Higher Education.
Prof. Ben-Sasson is a scholar in the Department of the History of the Jewish People, in the Faculty of Humanities. A historian of the heritage of Jews in Muslim Lands, he has written some forty 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. He also specializes in the study of Maimonides, Geonic responsa and texts, Saadya Gaon’s works and leadership, and the Cairo Genizah