Rabbi Dr. Avraham (Avie) Walfish is renowned in the world of Jewish Studies for his innovative studies of Mishnah and other classic rabbinic texts. Combining the keen analytical methods of classic yeshiva learning with the sophisticated "close reading" tools of contemporary literary scholarship, Rabbi Walfish explores the style and structure of rabbinic texts, revealing the spiritual and existential roots of Talmudic thought. His numerous publications include, alongside his pioneering studies of Mishnah and Talmud, explorations of a variety of topics in the fields of Biblical study, Midrash, halakhah, contemporary Jewish thought, and Jewish education. He also maintains a website, Iyun Mishnah, which contains many of his insights into the structure and ideas of the Mishnah.
Rabbi Walfish has taught in many institutions of Torah and academic learning, including Pardes Institute, Drisha, and Bar Ilan University. He currently heads the M.A. program in Jewish Studies at Michlala College in Jerusalem and serves as senior instructor in Talmud and Jewish Thought at Herzog College, where he has taught for over twenty years. In 2005, Rabbi Walfish was awarded the Israeli Education Ministry Prize for Creative Work in Jewish Culture.