In 1971, while I was a graduate student of Hebrew literature and also an attorney in Israel, the Hebrew University gave me a grant to get my PhD at UCLA. After receiving my PhD I taught two years at UC Berkeley and then I was invited back to UCLA, where I have been a Full Professor for about thirty years.
In 1980 I also received my second license as an attorney, this time in CA. I practiced law.
I have published more than ten research books in the field of Hebrew literature; and two novels, collected short stories, a poetry volume and numerous articles. I published six books in the area of Hebrew creativity by Rabbis.
In 2002 I was asked to be the editor of the oldest Hebrew journal in the world, published by a Hebrew culture organization located in NY. Since the demise of the organization, I am the editor of the only Hebrew periodical in the US, Hador: The Hebrew Annual of America.
I have lived in Los Angeles since 1971, except for the two years that I taught at UC Berkeley.
I am married to Carole, a National Board Certified teacher, have a son (an artist and musician trained at Duke University) and a daughter (PhD in psychology) a son in law and three little grandchildren.
In 2014 my beloved, very capable and highly cultured first-born son, Jacob, passed away suddenly due to heart arrhythmia.
For more details please see my page at UCLA (it has not been updated at the last years):