Rachel Elior

Rachel Elior

Rachel Elior is an Israeli professor of at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. ["Hear me roar", Etta Prince Gibson, Jerusalem Post, December 24, 2004] She is the "John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Mystical Thought", and has been a faculty member at the university since 1978. She achieved her PhD Summa cum Laude, in 1976, and maintains interests in Early Jewish Mysticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Messianism, Sabbatianism, Hasidism, Frankism and the role of Women in Jewish Culture. She also is an expert on the concept of prophecy in the modern world, [ [http://abc.net.au/rn/spiritofthings/stories/2000/187680.htm "Prophecy Now, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 24 September 2000] ] and an expert on the modern Chabad movement. ["Decade after rebbe, Chabad alive and well"Abigail Radoszkowicz, Jerusalem Post, June 24, 2004] Some scholars consider her views as highly challenging. For example, her theory of the origins of mysticism in the priestly class has been challenged by Prof. Yehudah Liebes of Hebrew University, [ [http://www.shmoozenet.com/yudel/stories/2003/01/31/liebesOnElior.html Liebes on Elior ] ] however those contentions were highly praised by Joseph Dan {article in haaretz} and her understanding of the ancient calendar was rejected by Sacha Stern.However the same ideas were highly praised by April DeConik in her recently edited book Paradise Now. Eibert Tigchelaar noted that her examples have a “lack of historical specificity that are disturbing and frustrating.” [Journal for the Study of Judaism, XXXVI, 1 (2005) 104-110] While Joseph Dan (Haaretz), Hamutal Bar Yosef (Haaretz), Haviva Pedaya (Masekhet)Andrea Lieber (SBL Papers), Hananel Mack (Dimui), Jerold Necker and George Brook, Raanan Boustan (SBL Papers), April DeConik in the introduction of Paradise Now, highly praised it. She was appointed as an Associate Professor in 1988 and given a full professorship in 1994. She has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, UCL, Yeshiva University, the University of Tokyo and the University of Michigan.


*The Dybbuk and Jewish Women, Jerusalem and New Yor, Urim Publications, 2008
* Jewish Mysticism: The Infinite Expression of Freedom, Oxford, The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007
*"The Mystical Origins of Hasidism", Oxford, The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2006
*"Heikhalot Literature and Merkavah Tradition Ancient Jewish Mysticism and its Sources", Tel Aviv: Yediot Ahronot; Sifrei Hemed: 2004 (Hebrew)
*"The Three Temples: On the Emergence of Jewish Mysticism" Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish Civilization 2004
*"Herut al Haluhot – Studies in the Mystical Foundations of Hasidism", Tel Aviv: Broad Cast University: Defense Ministry Press 1999.
*"Paneiah ha-Shonot shel ha-Herut -Iyunim be-Mistika Yehudit" (Alpayim 15, Am Oved 1998)
*"The Paradoxical Ascent to God: The Kabbalistic Theosophy of Habad", Albany: State University of New York Press 1993.
*"Torat HaElohut BaDor haSheni shel Hasidut Habad", Jerusalem: Hebrew University: Magnes Press 1982 (Hebrew)
*"Heikhalot Zutarti: An Early Mystical Manuscript of the Mishnaic Talmudic Period", Jerusalem: Hebrew University: Magnes Press 1982 (Hebrew)
*"Galia Raza: 16th Century Kabbalistic Manuscript", Jerusalem: Hebrew University 1981 (Hebrew)

* Yehudah Liebes, "Children of the sun vs. children of the moon" Haaretz 4/6/2003
*Sacha Stern, "Rachel Elior on Ancient Jewish Calendars: A Critique" "Aleph: Historical Studies in Science and Judaism" - Volume 5, 2005, pp. 287-292


External links

* [http://pluto.huji.ac.il/~mselio/ Prof. Elior's homepage at the Hebrew University]
* [http://pluto.huji.ac.il/~mselio/j-m.html the Full Version of Her Book Jewish Mysticism]
* [http://jewish.huji.ac.il/Publications/Thought.htm The Sabbatian Movement and Its Aftermath: Messianism,Sabbatianism and Frankism]

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