Rabbi-Mordecai-Schwartz                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rabbi Marcus Mordecai Schwartz currently serves as the Director of the Beit Midrash of The Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He is a also an assistant professor at JTS. Rabbi Schwartz is recipient of rabbinical ordination, a Ph.D. and an MA specializing in Talmud, as well as a Master of Philosophy degree from The Jewish Theological Seminary. He was a recipient of the prestigious Saul Lieberman Fellowship for Talmud and Rabbinic graduate studies. Rabbi Schwartz is an alumnus of the University of Nebraska.

He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at JTS, Rutgers University, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, as well as Hebrew Union College/ Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He has written articles for the New Encyclopedia Judaica and the Cambridge Dictionary of the Jewish Religion.  The findings of his research on Rabbinic travel and pilgrimage in the Talmud will shortly be published in the Hebrew Union Annual titled, “As They Journeyed From the East: The Nahotei of the Fourth Century and the Construction of the Rabbinic Diaspora.” His new book, on the effect of tradition from the Land of Israel on the composition of the Babylonian Talmud, forthcoming from Mohr-Siebeck Academic Publishers, is entitled Rewriting the Talmud.