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Research Fellow

Moshe Idel is a Senior Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Max Cooper Professor of Jewish Thought at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Idel has a doctorate in Kabbalah and has served as a visiting professor and researcher at universities and institutions worldwide, including Yale, Harvard, and Princeton universities in the United States, and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Professor Idel’s book, Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism, won the 2007 National Jewish Book Award , and was published by the Institute’s Kogod Library of Judaic Studies . In total, he has published over one hundred books, translated into a dozen different languages. Some publications include:

  • Kabbalah: A Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences (Yale University Press, 2015)
  • Kabbalah and Eros (Yale University Press, 2005)
  • Messianic Mystics (Yale University Press, 2000)
  • Hassidism: Between Ecstasy and Magic (State University of New York Press, 1995)
  • Kabbalah: New Perspectives (Yale University Press, 1988)

Amongst a long list of professional achievements, Professor Idel was a recipient of the Rothschild Prize for Jewish studies in 2012, and was elected to the Israel Academy for Sciences and Humanities in 2006. In 1999, he became an Israel Prize laureate for excellent achievement in the field of Jewish philosophy.

Moshe Idel


Nov 4, 2020

How I left Romania for Israel and learned to study without preconceptions.

Aug 16, 2009

Moshe Idel is widely regarded as the most important scholar of Jewish mysticism since Gershom Scholem.

Jun 24, 2008

Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) ben Eliezer, often called Baal Shem Tov, considered to be the founder of Hasidic Judaism, was born in Bukovina, a region in the Carpathian Mountains now divided between Romania and Ukraine, and not in the Podolian village of Okopy

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