Rachel Elior

Historian of Philosophy

Elior is the John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Mystical Thought at the Hebrew University, where she has taught since 1978. Currently she is the head of the Department of Jewish Thought. She earned her PhD Summa cum Laude in 1976. Her specialties are early Jewish Mysticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Messianism, Sabbatianism, Hasidism, Chabad,Frankism and the role of women in Jewish culture. She has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, UCL, Yeshiva University, the University of Tokyo, Doshisha University in Kyoto, Case Western University in Cleveland, in the University of Chicago and at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

In 2006, Elior received the Gershom Scholem Prize for Research in Kabbalah from the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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Scholars summarize the Second Temple period
  • 24 May 2022
  • Online