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“Yearnings of the Soul: Psychological thought in Modern Kabbalah”

Jewish Studies Lecture by

Jonathan Garb, Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah, Department of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University

Thursday, November 13, 2014
5:30 pm
Walnut Room, IMU

The lecture will present the return of the soul in contemporary culture after almost two centuries in which it was sidelined in mainstream scientific and philosophical discourse.  The resurgence of terms such as heart and soul in modern mysticism, and specifically modern Kabbalah, will be shown to be a significant part of this process. I will claim that Kabbalah’s psychology stands alongside psychoanalysis as a modern system of psychological thought and practice (rather than being reducible to psychoanalytic terms).

Jonathan Garb, Gershom Scholem Professor of Kabbalah in the department of Jewish thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, received his doctorate in 2000. In 2014, he will be awarded the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities’ Gershom Scholem Prize for Kabbalah Research.

His latest books are:  "The Chosen will Become Herds": Studies in Twentieth Century Kabbalah (Yale University Press, 2009); Shamanic Trance in Modern Kabbalah (The University of Chicago Press, 2011), Kabbalist in the Heart of the Storm: Rabbi Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto (Tel Aviv University Press, 2014). 

Talks and articles by Jonathan may be found at

This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact