Dr. Judith Weiss

Dr. Weiss is a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT) and the Laboratoire d’études sur les monothéismes of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (LEM-CNRS) in Paris, and then at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her studies focus on the mystical and Kabbalistic literature written in Europe during the High Middle Ages and Renaissance by both Jews and Christians, as well as on the various types of overt and covert interrelations between them. Dr. Weiss’ current project wishes to contextualize and analyze medieval Kabbalistic thought not only as expressing inner-Jewish intellectual and cultural trends, but also as an expression of the general, non-Jewish, historical and cultural milieu from which Kabbalah emerged, and particularly the rich religious and cultural diversity characterizing this period.