Ofek Kehila completed a B.A. and an M.A. with distinction in Iberian and Latin-American Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His M.A thesis explores the concept of rewriting in literature and focuses on the relations between Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes and “Averroes's Search” by Jorge Luis Borges. The study contributes to better understanding the phenomenon of rewriting in literature and offers a reevaluation of key concepts in Aristotle´s Poetics.
In 2016 Ofek was granted a two-year stipend for his M.A. by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. In 2017 he became a teaching assistant in the course “The Story – History and Transformations”. During his M.A. studies and to this day Ofek is a research assistant to Prof. Ruth Fine.
Ofek is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Iberian and Latin-American Studies. He received the President's stipend and the Mandel-Scholion stipend, taking part in the Mandel School PhD Honors Program and in the Mandel-Scholion research group “In Someone Else’s Shoes - An Interdisciplinary Research Group for the Study of Empathy in History, Society, and Culture”. His PhD dissertation, under the supervision of Prof. Fine, explores the phenomenon of rewriting in literature while focusing on the works of the Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas.