Moshe Idel

Moshe Idel

Moshe Idel has lived in Israel since 1963. He received his Ph.D. on Kabbalah and the topic of the Kabbalist Abraham Abulafia from Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He taught there from 1974 until 2008, where he held the Max Cooper Chair in Jewish Thought. He is currently a senior researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and holds the Matanel Chair of Kabbalah at the Safed Academic College. His major areas of interest include Kabbalah, Hasidism, magic and the history of religion. Idel is a member of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities and the recipient of the Israel Prize in Jewish Thought, the Emmet Prize, and of the Rothschild Prize. Among his major books are Kabbalah: New Perspective (Yale U.P. 1988), Kabbalah and Eros (Yale UP 2005), Kabbalah in Italy (Yale U.P. 2010), and Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism (Continuum 2007). Since 2013, he has served as the President of the World Union of Jewish Studies.

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