Dr. Tzafrir Barzilay

Building 410, Room 216
Fields of Interest

Social history of western and central Europe in the High and late Middle Ages (1000-1500)

- History of minorities.

- Environmental history and historical geography (around subjects related to water) .

- History of everyday life.

- Jewish-Christian relation and interactions.

- History of power, violence, institutions and governance.

- History of the medieval Church.


    2022–            Senior Lecturer, Department of General History, Bar-Ilan University.

    2021-2022     Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Haifa Center for Mediterranean History, Haifa University.

    2019-2021     Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Kreitman School of Advanced Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

    2016-2019     Post-Doctoral Fellow, ERC Project “Beyond the Elite: Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Europe,"                                      Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

    2010-2016     PhD in History, Columbia University, New York.

    2005-2010     BA and MA in History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


    Member of the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF) Research Team, ‘Digging Deep: Interdisciplinary Study of the Medieval Mikveh in Cologne’, in cooperation with Tanja Pothoff, Michael Wiehen and Christiane Twiehaus (MiQua, Köln) and Neta Bodner (The Open University of Israel).


    - Introduction to the High Middle Ages (18-1022-01)

    - Introduction to the History of the High Middle Ages - Discussion Group (18-1023-01)

    - The Black Death and the Fourteenth Century Crisis (18-3118-01)

    - The Crusades: Sanctity, Violence and Identity Building in the Middle Ages (18-3119-01)

    - Fake News: Lies, False Accusations and Forgeries in Medieval Europe (18-3120-01)

    - Food, Water and Environment in the Middle Ages (18-3121-01)


    Barzilay, Tzafrir. Poisoned Wells: Accusation, Persecution and Minorities in Medieval Europe, 1321-1422, The Middle Ages Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2022).

    Barzilay, Tzafrir, Eyal Levinson and Elisheva Baumgarten, eds. Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Northern Europe, 1000-1350: A Sourcebook, Documents of Practice Series (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2022).

    Barzilay, Tzafrir. “Shock and Awe: Medieval Northern European Jews and the Language of Violence.” Medieval Encounters 28 (2022): 265-291.

    Barzilay, Tzafrir. “Ancient Waters from New Fountains: Municipal Water Sources in Fifteenth-Century Haggadot from Nuremberg.” Jewish Studies Quarterly 28 (2021): 406–428.

    Barzilay, Tzafrir. “The Term ‘Antisemitism’ as a Category for the Study of the History of Jews in the Middle Ages.” Zion 85 (2020): 195–207. [Hebrew].

    Barzilay, Tzafrir. “An Environmental Crisis and a Social Crisis: Plague-Spreading Accusations against Minorities during the Black Death.” Zmanim 142 (2020): 32–45. [Hebrew]

    Barzilay, Tzafrir. “The Investigation of the Jews of Savoy on Suspicion of Poisoning Wells: A Reappraisal” Chidushim 21 (2019): 114–143. [Hebrew]

    Barzilay, Tzafrir. “Retelling the Crusaders’ Defeat in Hungary: Cultural Contact between Jewish and Christian Chroniclers.” Jewish History 31 (2018): 173–196.

    Barzilay, Tzafrir. “Early Accusations of Well-Poisoning against Jews: Medieval Reality or Historiographical Fiction?” Medieval Encounters 22 (2016): 517–539.

    Barzilay, Tzafrir. “The Black Death in Aragon: Notes on a Jewish Chronicle.” Hayo Haya 8 (2010): 53–71. [Hebrew]

    Last Updated Date : 30/04/2023