Moshe Pelli

Moshe Pelli

Professor Emeritus

Moshe Pelli is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies and the Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies at UCF. His major area of specialization is Modern Hebrew Literature, with concentration on Hebrew Haskalah (Enlightenment) in the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition, he has written extensively on the literature of the Holocaust, and has lectured and taught courses on the Literature of the Bible. He is a leading authority on the Hebrew and Jewish Enlightenment. Prof. Pelli published 16 scholarly books on Hebrew Enlightenment, Hebrew culture in America, and literature of the Holocaust, 188 research papers, 2 novels, 8 children books, 3 text anthologies, 40 review articles, 59 book reviews, 4 bibliographies and indices, 86 scholarly presentations, and 15 short stories. Awarded the Friedman Prize for his contribution to Hebrew Culture in America in 1991, he was also the recipient of the Researcher of the Year award for 1996 at UCF, the Distinguished Researcher of the Year of the College for 2006 and 1996, and was awarded the University of Central Florida Research Incentive Award (2006); The University of Central Florida Professional Excellence Programs Award (1998); Received the President of Israel’s ‘Amos Fund’ Award (1997); Awarded the UCF College of Arts and Sciences Excellence Award in Research (1996); Awarded the University of Central Florida Distinguished Researcher of the Year (1996) and many other awards and grants. Prof. Pelli was Fellow of the prestigious Moses Mendelssohn Center at the University of Potsdam in Germany in May 2000, and he has lectured and presented scholarly papers at academic conferences and at numerous centers and institutions for Jewish Studies in Europe, Israel and the USA. He is listed in many Who’s Who books in USA, Europe and Israel. He is on the editorial board of Kesher (Tel Aviv University) and Hebrew Higher Education, served as Vice President of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew in the USA (2005–2007), and as the President of this organization (2007–2009). Prof. Pelli was named the Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies at UCF in 2004.



  • Moshe Pelli, Kochvei Yitzhak, The Journal of the Haskalah in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1845–1873), Monographs and Annotated Indices, Magnes Press of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; 629 pp.; 2016.
  • Moshe Pelli, The Journals of the Haskalah In mid-Nineteenth Century: Hehalutz (1852-1889); Bikurim (1864-1865), Monographs and Annotated Indices to Two Hebrew Periodicals in Galicia; The Hebrew University Magnes Press, Jerusalem: 2015, 500 pp., bibliography, index, English abstract.
  • The Journals of the Haskalah 1820 to 1845, Monographs and Annotated Indices to Eight Hebrew Periodicals in Holland, Galicia, Germany and Lithuania, Magnes Press of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; 437 pp.; bibliography, index, English abstract, 2013 [Hebrew].
  • Atarah Leyoshnah: Hama’avak Litzirat Yahadut Hahaskalah [Restore Judaism to Its Pristine Splendor: The Struggle to Establish ‘Haskalah Judaism’]. Hakibutz Hameuchad, Israel, 2012. 512 pp.; bibliography, index, English abstract [Hebrew].
  • Haskalah and Beyond: The Reception of the Hebrew Enlightenment and the Emergence of Haskalah Judaism, University Press of America: 2010, 267 pp., bibliography, index.
  • Kerem Ḥemed: ‘Ḥocmat Israel’ As the ‘New Yavneh’: An annotated Index to Kerem Ḥemed, the Hebrew Journal of the Haskalah in Galicia and Italy (1833–1856). Jerusalem, Israel, The Hebrew University Magnes Press: 2009, 374 pp + English abstract, xxi pp., bibliography, index [Hebrew].
  • The Shadow of Death: Letters in Flame. Lanham, University Press of America: 2008, 141 pp. Bibliography, Authors’ short biographies.
  • The Haskalah [Enlightenment] and Modernity. Israel, Heilal ben Hayim Series, Hakibutz Hameuchad publishers: 2007. 371 pp. bibliography, index and an English abstract, xxvii pp. [Hebrew].
  • The Age of Haskalah: Studies in Hebrew Literature of the Enlightenment in Germany. Lanham, University Press of America: 2006. 280 pp., bibliography and index. Updated, revised edition.
  • In Search of Genre: Hebrew Enlightenment and Modernity, An Analytical Study of Literary Genres in 18th- and 19th-Century Hebrew Enlightenment. Lanham. University Press of America: 2005, 362 pp., bibliography and index.
  • Bikurei Ha’itim-The ‘First Fruits’ of Haskalah: An Annotated Index to Bikurei Ha’itim, the Hebrew Journal of the Haskalah in Galicia (1820-1831). Jerusalem, Israel. The Hebrew University Magnes Press: 2005. 379 pp English abstract, xix pp. bibliography and index [Hebrew].
  • The Measefim Generation at the Dawn of Haskalah: The Literary Contribution of the Writers of Hame’asef, the First Hebrew Periodical 1783-1811. Israel, Hakibutz Hameuchad Publishing House: 2001. 240 pp. bibliography, appendix and an English Abstract, [Hebrew].
  • The Gate to Haskalah: An Annotated Index to Hame’asef, the First Hebrew Journal. Jerusalem, Israel, The Hebrew University Magnes Press: 2000. 221 pp. English abstract, xi pp. Bibliographies, index [Hebrew].
  • Kinds of Genres in Haskalah Literature: Types and Topics. Tel Aviv, Israel, Hakibutz Hame’uchad Publishing House: 1999. 355 pp. English abstract, xxv pp. Bibliography, index [Hebrew].
  • Hebrew Culture in America, 80 Years of Hebrew Culture in the United States. Tel Aviv, Israel, Reshafim Publishers: 1998. 392 pp. xx pp. [Hebrew].
  • Struggle for Change. Studies in Hebrew Enlightenment Literature, Tel Aviv, University publishing: 1988, 194, ix pages [Hebrew].
  • Getting By In Hebrew, New York, Barron: 1984, 104 pages and two tapes.
  • The Age of Haskalah, Leiden, Brill: 1979. 255 pages.
  • Moses Mendelssohn: Bonds of Tradition, Tel Aviv, Alef: 1972. 160 pages [Hebrew].
  • Introduction to Modern Hebrew Literature in 18th and 19th Centuries [texts], Jerusalem, Akademon: 1972. 157 pages [Hebrew].