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Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel
Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel
Research Fellow

Dr. Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute and graduate of the Institute’s Maskilot program.

She is a lecturer and faculty member in the Department of Jewish Thought at Haifa University and a research fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Her book, Holiness and Transgression: Mothers of the Messiah in the Jewish Myth, was published by Academic Studies Press in 2017. Her newest book, Human Ropes: Birth in Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis, was published in the Carmel Series in Criticism Culture and Interpretation in 2018.

Her research focuses on Jewish Mysticism, Messianic Myth, Gender Theory, and Psychoanalysis. She has won the Warburg and Pines awards.

She is a graduate of the Kreitman and Matanel post-doctoral programs at Ben-Gurion University and has been a fellow at New York University and Brandeis University.

She was a coordinator of the Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah research group at Van Leer Institute and a fellow in the Da’at Hamakom research center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

She has published two books of poetry. Ein Sheket Ba’olam Klal (There is No Silence in the World), was awarded the Rachel Negev Prize in 2011. The Soul is Moved was published in 2017 by the Ritmus Poetry Series of Hakibbutz Hameuhad Press.

Ruth was born in Moscow in 1979 into a refusenik family. She received her BA, MA, and PhD in Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Her PhD research, Motherhood and Seduction in the Myth of David’s Messianic Dynasty, The Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic Literature and the Zoharic Corpus, focused on Jewish mysticism, messianic myth, gender theory, and psychoanalysis.