Moshe is director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Judaic Studies and Abe and Tess Wise Endowed Professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fl. Pelli is a leading authority on the Hebrew Enlightenment. He has written extensively on the subject and has published eleven scholarly books and numerous research papers. He was honored with several awards for his teaching, research, and contributions to Jewish studies and to Hebrew culture, including the 1991 Friedman Prize for Hebrew Culture in America and the Distinguished Researcher of the Year Award for 1996 and 2006 at the University of Central Florida. He was president of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew in the U.S.A. (2007-2009).