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Kara-Ivanov Kaniel

Research Fellow

Dr. Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel (Ph.D. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010) is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History and Thought at the University of Haifa where she heads the Posen Saulire Foundation-funded Jewish Israeli Culture Program. She also serves as Research Fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Her research deals with intersections between mysticism, gender, and psychoanalysis.

Dr. Kara-Ivanov Kaniel was a postdoctoral fellow at New York University, the HBI center at Brandeis University, and a Kreitman and Matanel at Ben-Gurion University. She also headed a Research Group on “Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah” at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Her book Holiness and Transgression: Mothers of the Messiah in the Jewish Myth was published by Academic Studies Press (2017). Her book Human Ropes—Birth in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis” won the Gorgias Press competition for Jewish Thought and will soon be published by De Gruyter Press. Her new book, The Feminine Messiah: King David in the Image of the Shekhina in Kabbalistic Literature (2021) was published recently by Brill. A poet and editor of poetry, as well as translator of Russian poets into Hebrew, her book The World Has No Silence (2011) won the Rachel Negev Literature Award. Her The Soul is Moved was published in the Ritmus Poetry Series of the Hakibbutz Hameuhad Press in 2017. Her latest poetry book, Diamonds and Ashes, will be published by Pardes Press in 2022.

Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel


Mar 31, 2022

As a community and as a society, we must learn from the mass wave of Aliyah from the FSU of the 1990s, from its blind spots and mistakes.

Jan 12, 2021

The responsibility for addressing the problematic phenomenon of charismatic rabbis engaging in exploitive relationships and abuse – from spiritual to sexual – rests with all of us.

Oct 3, 2017

According to the Zohar, the place we return to when we repent is our supreme mother, the Sephira of Bina, and we receive understanding from the Tree of the Ten Sephirot.

Oct 20, 2016

Precisely these factors - his feminine side, his majestic quality, and his skill to turn a confession into praise - enable David to immerse us in the river of forgiveness.

Oct 20, 2016

At Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, we pray facing Shechina and Understanding, and their light envelops and shields us after the cloud is cleaved.

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