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Kabbalah Mysticism and early Hasidism

Kabbalah Mysticism and early Hasidism

30 teaching hours, equivalent to 5 ECTS

Jan 29 – Feb 9

Prof. Rachel Elior

Rachel Elior is John and Golda Cohen Professor Emerita of Jewish  Philosophy and Jewish Mystical Thought at the Hebrew University of  Jerusalem.  She has been the Chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she studied and got her PhD Summa Cum Laude (1976) and where she taught between 1977-2014. She is the author of numerous works on Jewish Mysticism and Hasidism, including: The Paradoxical Ascent to God: the Kabbalistic Theosophy of Habad Hasidism (Albany: SUNY 1992); The Three Temples: On the Emergence of Jewish Mysticism (Oxford: Littman 2004); The Mystical Origins of Hasidism (Oxford: Littman 2006); Jewish Mysticism: The Infinite Expression of Freedom (Oxford: Littman 2007) and Dybbuks and Jewish Women in Social History, Mysticism and Folklore (NewYork: Urim 2008).  Men and Women: On Gender Judaism and Democracy (ed. R. Elior), Van Leer Institute and Urim Publications, Jerusalem 2004; Memory and Oblivion On the Mystery of the Dead Sea Scrolls (Van Leer Institute 2009)[Hebrew] ; Israel Ba\’al Shem Tov and his Contemporaries (Jerusalem : Carmel 2014) [Hebrew]. She was a research fellow and visiting professor at University College London, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Oberlin College, and The Oxford Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Case Western University, Yeshiva University-New York, Tokyo University, Princeton University and Doshisha University in Kyoto. Chicago University and Lomonosov Moscow State University. Prof. Elior is the recipient of many honors, among them the Fridenberg Excellence Award of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Yigal Alon-Brecha Fellowship, Rothschild-Geneva Award, Lucius Littauer Prize, Memorial Foundation Fellowship and Warburg Prize. She was awarded the 2006 Gershom Scholem Prize for the Study of Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism by The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She was honored with Doctor honoris causa by Hebrew Union College at Cincinnati and Jerusalem at 2016.. She has written 15 books (seven of them were translated into English, Spanish and Polish) and edited 10 others on Jewish Mysticism in various periods.        

Course Description

The course will explore the development of the medieval mystical thought known as Kabbalah and its connection to exile and redemption.  The students will reflect on the origins of Kabbalah and will discuss the major historical and theological turn points along the second millennium and the groundbreaking innovations that were created by Kabbalists, Sabbateans (teachers of Sabbateanism), Hasidim and Misnagedim.

To participate in the course, please contact Paideia at info@paideia-eu.org.