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Moshe Idel
Moshe Idel
(Hebrew: משה אידל) is a Romanian born historian and philosopher of Jewish mysticism. He is Emeritus Max Cooper Professor in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew
University, Jerusalem, and a Senior Researcher at the Shalom Hartman Institute.


1 Life and scholarship 2 Awards 3 Works 4 References 5 External links

Life and scholarship[edit]

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Ein Sof Tzimtzum Ohr

Ayin and Yesh Sephirot

Four Worlds

Seder hishtalshelut

Tree of Life Merkavah

Jewish angelic hierarchy

Shekhinah Partzufim

Qliphoth Tohu and Tikun

Sparks of holiness

Messianic rectification

Gilgul Kabbalistic astrology

Gematria Notarikon Temurah

Names of God in Judaism


Tzadik Tzadikim Nistarim

Anthropomorphism in Kabbalah



Renaissance Selective influence on Western thought Mysticism after Spanish expulsion Mystics of 16th-century Safed

Cordoveran Kabbalah

Lurianic Kabbalah

Maharal's thought

Popular Kabbalistic Mussar

Pre-Kabbalistic Jewish mysticism

Tannaim Heichalot Sefer Yetzirah Chassidei Ashkenaz


Bahir Toledano tradition

Prophetic Kabbalah Zohar

Kabbalistic commentaries on the Bible Mainstream displacement of rationalism with Kabbalah

Early modern

Baal Shem-Nistarim

Sabbatean mystical heresies

Emden–Eybeschutz controversy

Immigration to the Land of Israel

Traditional Oriental Kabbalists

Beit El Synagogue

Eastern European Judaism

Hasidic Judaism / philosophy

Lithuanian Jews

Hasidic-Mitnagdic schism


Hasidic dynasties

Mysticism in religious Zionism Academic interest in Jewish mysticism Non-Orthodox interest in Jewish mysticism



Mystical exegesis

Mitzvot Minhag

Customary immersion in mikveh

Meditation Kavanot Teshuvah

Deveikut Prayer Nusach

Tikkun Chatzot Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Pilgrimage to Tzadik

Pilgrimage to holy grave

Lag BaOmer
Lag BaOmer
at Meron

Asceticism Practical Kabbalah



Four Who Entered the Pardes

Simeon bar Yochai


Isaac the Blind Azriel


Nahmanides Abraham Abulafia

Joseph ben Abraham Gikatilla

Moses de Leon

Menahem Recanati


Bahya ben Asher



Meir ibn Gabbai Joseph Karo

Shlomo Alkabetz Moshe Alshich

Moshe Cordovero

Isaac Luria Chaim Vital

Judah Loew ben Bezalel


Isaiah Horowitz Abraham Azulai


Chaim ibn Attar Baal Shem
Baal Shem

Dov Ber of Mezeritch

Moshe Chaim Luzzatto

Shalom Sharabi Vilna Gaon

Chaim Joseph David Azulai

Nathan Adler

Schneur Zalman of Liadi

Chaim Volozhin


Nachman of Breslov

Ben Ish Chai Shlomo Eliyashiv


Abraham Isaac Kook

Yehuda Ashlag Baba Sali

Menachem Mendel Schneerson



Torah Tanakh Prophecy

Ruach HaKodesh

Pardes exegesis

Talmudical hermeneutics


Jewish commentaries on the Bible

Oral Torah

Eras of Rabbinic Judaism

Generational descent in Halacha

Generational ascent in Kabbalah

Rabbinic literature

Talmudic theology

Halakha Aggadah Hakira

Classic Mussar literature

Ashkenazi Judaism

Sephardi Judaism

Modern Jewish philosophies

Jewish studies


God in Judaism

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Divine immanence Free will

Divine providence

Kabbalistic reasons for the 613 Mitzvot

Jewish principles of faith

Jewish eschatology

Primary texts

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Jewish philosophy



Hasmonean Sadducean Pharisee Boethusian


Philo of Alexandria


Positions: Positions in Rabbinic Judaism:

Maimonidean / Anti-Maimonidean Tosafist Kabbalist Talmudic Karaism

Positions in Western philosophy:

Rationalism Averroism Neoplatonism Avicennism


Mutazilites Ismailism Kalam Avempace Brethren of Purity Al-Ma'arri Al-Kindi Muhammad al-Fazari


Isaac Israeli ben Solomon Saadia Gaon David ben Merwan al-Mukkamas Hasdai ibn Shaprut Chananel ben Chushiel Nissim Ben Jacob Samuel ibn Naghrillah Solomon Ibn Gabirol Abraham bar Ḥiyya Joseph ibn Migash Natan'el al-Fayyumi Bahya ibn Paquda Yehuda Halevi Hibat Allah Abu'l-Barakat Abraham ibn Daud Maimonides Joseph ben Judah of Ceuta Shem-Tov ibn Falaquera Gersonides Moses of Narbonne Isaac ben Sheshet Hasdai Crescas Yosef Albo Mansur ibn Sulayman al-Ghamari Moses ben Isaac ha-Levi Minz Elia del Medigo Judah ben Eliezer ha-Levi Minz Isaac Abravanel Judah Leon Abravanel Francisco Sanches Uriel da Costa Moses Almosnino

Modern Judaism


Orthodox Sephardic Chabad Conservative Reform Existentialist Reconstructionist Chassidic Holocaust Renewal Neo-Hasidic Mussar Rambamist


Baruch Spinoza Salomon Maimon Joseph Solomon Delmedigo Elijah Ba'al Shem of Chelm Eliezer ben Elijah Ashkenazi Tzvi Ashkenazi Jacob Emden Samuel Hirsch Shneur Zalman of Liadi Samson Raphael Hirsch Jacob Abendana Isaac Cardoso David Nieto Isaac Orobio de Castro Moses Mendelssohn Samuel David Luzzatto Elijah Benamozegh Moses Hess Eliezer Berkovits Eliyahu Dessler Daniel Rynhold Monsieur Chouchani Emmanuel Levinas Martin Buber Gershom Scholem Abraham Isaac Kook Joseph Soloveitchik Menachem Mendel Schneerson David Hartman Thomas Nagel Jose Faur Jacques Derrida Hilary Putnam Leo Strauss


God Faith Eschatology Ethics Messiah Chosenness Holocaust Tzadik Happiness Anger

Philosophical schools and traditions

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Born in Târgu Neamț, Romania, in 1947, Idel was a precocious child, with a passion for reading which made him read all the books in the town, cooperative, then High school Library, in addition to buying more books with the money earned by singing at weddings.[1] Although the Holocaust did not directly affect the Jewish population of Târgu Neamț, they were affected by the so-called “population displacements”. In 1963 he immigrated with his family to Israel.[2] Enrolled at the Hebrew
University, he studied under Gershom Scholem. After earning his doctorate with a thesis on Abraham Abulafia, he eventually succeeded Scholem to the chair of Jewish Thought. He has served as visiting Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, UCLA, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and the Collège de France.[3] Idel has undertaken a systematic revision of the history and analysis of Jewish mysticism. His explorations of the mythical, theurgical, mystical, and messianic dimensions of Judaism have been attentive to history, sociology, and anthropology, while rejecting a naïve historicist approach to Judaism.[4] His 1988 work, Kabbalah: New Perspectives ( Yale University
Yale University
Press), is said to have revolutionised Kabbalah
studies.[5] His historical and phenomenological studies of rabbinic, philosophic, kabbalistic, and Hasidic texts have transformed the understanding of Jewish intellectual history and highlighted the close relationship between magic, mysticism, and liturgy.[4] Awards[edit] In 1999, Idel was awarded the Israel Prize for excellent achievement in the field of Jewish philosophy, and in 2002 the EMET Prize for Jewish Thought.[6] In 2003, he received the Koret Award for Jewish philosophy for his book Absorbing Perfections.[1] He has been conferred honorary doctorates by the universities of Yale,[citation needed] Budapest,[citation needed] Haifa,[7] Cluj,[citation needed] Iasi[8] and Bucharest.[citation needed] Works[edit] The following is a list of Idel’s publications in English.

Kabbalah: New Perspectives ( Yale University
Yale University
Press, New Haven and London, 1988). The Mystical Experience in Abraham Abulafia
Abraham Abulafia
(tr. from the Hebrew
by Jonathan Chipman. Albany, State University of New York Press, 1988). Studies in Ecstatic Kabbalah
[Albany, N.Y., State University of New York Press, 1988] Language, Torah
and Hermeneutics in Abraham Abulafia
Abraham Abulafia
(tr. Menahem Kallus. Albany, State University of New York Press, 1989). Golem: Jewish magical and mystical traditions on the artificial anthropoid (Albany, State University of New York Press, 1990). Hasidism: Between Ecstasy and Magic (SUNY Press, Albany, 1994). Mystical Union and Monotheistic Faith, An Ecumenical Dialogue, eds. M. Idel, B. McGinn (New York, Macmillan, 1989; 2nd edn, Continuum, 1996). Messianic Mystics ( Yale University
Yale University
Press, New Haven, London, 1998). Jewish Mystical Leaders and Leadership, eds. M. Idel, M. Ostow (Jason Aronson, Northvale, 1998). Abraham Abulafia, An Ecstatic Kabbalist, Two Studies (ed. Moshe Lazar, Labyrinthos, CA, 2002). Absorbing Perfections, Kabbalah
and Interpretation (Yale University Press, New Haven, 2002). Ascensions on High in Jewish Mysticism: Pillars, Lines, Ladders (CEU, Budapest, 2005). Enchanted Chains: Techniques and Rituals in Jewish Mysticism (The Cherub Press, Los Angeles, 2005). Kabbalah
and Eros ( Yale University
Yale University
Press, New Haven, 2005). Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism (Continuum, London, New York, 2007) Old Worlds, New Mirrors, On Jewish Mysticism and Twentieth-Century Thought ( University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Press, Philadelphia, 2009). Kabbalah
in Italy 1280-1510 ( Yale University
Yale University
Press, New Haven, 2011). Saturn’s Jews, On the Withches’ Sabbat and Sabbateanism (Continuum, London, New York, 2011). Mircea Eliade: From Myth to Magic (Peter Lang, New York, 2014). Representing God, eds. H. Samuelson-Tirosh, A. Hughes (Leiden, Brill, 2014).


^ a b http://www.idee.ro/jewish_heritage_2/targu_neamt.html#C05 ^ Garb, Jonathan (2007). "Moshe Idel." Encyclopaedia Judaica. 2nd ed. Macmillan Reference USA. Retrieved via Biography in Context database, 2016-12-10. ^ http://www.nyutikvah.org/fellows/moshe_idel.html ^ a b http://www.brill.com/products/book/moshe-idel ^ Charles Mopsik, Moshé Idel, lauréat du prix Israël, Association Charles Mopsik, en ligne ^ http://hartman.org.il/Faculty_View.asp?faculty_id=39&Cat_Id=333&Cat_Type=About ^ http://research.haifa.ac.il/~focus/2003-autumn/05hondocs.html ^ http://www.agerpres.ro/english/2010/12/17/professor-moshe-idel-phd-doctor-honoris-causa-of-alexandru-ioan-cuza-university-of-iasi-12-56-17

External links[edit]

Faculty page at Hebrew
University Faculty page at Shalom Hartman Institute

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 4952277 LCCN: n85280978 ISNI: 0000 0001 0922 1799 GND: 123013054 SELIBR: 191179 SUDOC: 028915313 BNF: cb120652264 (data) BIBSYS: 90344