Jonathan (Yoni) Pomeranz is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Ancient Judaism program in the Department of Religious Studies. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University in Classics. He taught high school in the Chicago area and studied in Israel for two years before coming to Yale. His dissertation deals with the relationship between the Jewish religious elites and the Jewish masses in Late Antique Babylonia. He is spending his time at Tel Aviv University on the Fox Fellowship studying Talmudic philology and working on the ways in which the Jewish legal system - and the rabbinic knowledge of the law - mediated interactions between the masses and elites.