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Shivtei Yeshuron, the Little Shul, looks forward to welcoming back the Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies and fellow Dr. Yossi Chajes from the University of Haifa who will speak on "Kabbalah as a Science" on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM. 

Free and open to the public! Refreshments served.

In the medieval and early modern periods, Kabbalah was understood as a kind of science, revealing the hidden workings of the divine in the cosmos. This talk will provide an overview of this perspective on the Jewish mystical tradition, and look closely at some fascinating sources in which kabbalists (and others) speak about their lore as a science.

J. H. (Yossi) Chajes (Ph.D., Yale University 1999) is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Jewish History of the University of Haifa. His book, Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003) was listed by the Wall Street Journal as among the top five books ever written on spirit possession, alongside Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun. He is currently writing a book on the "Magic Taboo" in Jewish culture as well as a book on cosmological cartography in early modern Judaism. Chajes’s Ilanot Project has been supported by the Israel Science Foundation since 2008, and is an ambitious attempt to catalogue and describe all extant kabbalistic cosmological diagrams.

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