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Shaul Magid

The Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Chair in Jewish Studies
Professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies
on leave 2018-19

“My teaching focuses primarily on Kabbala, Hasidism, Judaism and gender, Israel/Palestine, and American Jewish thought and culture. Areas of interest and research include sixteenth century Kabbala, Hasidism, American Judaism, and contemporary conceptions of Jewish religiosity. I am the author of Hasidism on the Margin: Reconciliation, Antinomianism, and Messianism in Izbica and Radzin Hasidism (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003), From Metaphysics to Midrash: Myth, History, and the Interpretation of Scripture in Lurianic Kabbala (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2008) which was awarded the 2008 American Academy of Religion Award for best book in religion in the textual studies category, American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (Indiana University Press, 2013) and Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the Construction of Modern Judaism (Stanford University Press, 2014). I am the editor of God's Voice from the Void: Old and New Essays on Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav (SUNY Press, 2001), and co-editor of Beginning Again: Toward a Hermeneutic of Jewish Texts (Seven Bridges Press, 2002). My present book projects include American Jewish Survivalism: Meir Kahane and the Politics of Pride, Certainty and Doubt in the Jewish Pietistic Tradition,  and The Jesus Jesus of Volozhin: Elias Soloveitchik’s Commentary to the New Testament (Academic Studies Press). I am also the series editor for “Post-Rabbinic Judaisms” for Academic Studies Press. I am an elected member of The American Society for the Study of Religion. My topical essays on religion and politics have appeared in Tikkun Magazine, Tablet Magazine, Zeek Magazine, Religion Dispatches, Open Zion, and Moment Magazine. In 2015-2016 I will be a fellow at The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and senior research fellow at The Shalom Hartman Institute of America.


  • Ph.D. at Brandeis University, 1994

Research Interests

  • Kabbala
  • Medieval and modern Jewish philosophy
  • Hasidism
  • Gender and religion
  • Jewish ethics and contemporary Jewish religiosity
  • Renewal and fundamentalism

Courses Recently Taught

  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Contemporary Issues in Judaism
  • Religions of the West
  • Hasidism & Existentialism

Publication Highlights


Hasidism Incarnate (Stanford University Press, 2014)

American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society (Indiana University Press, March 2013)


"The Politics of (un) Conversion: The ’Mixed Multitude’ (erev rav) as Conversos in Rabbi Hayyim Vital’s Etz Ha-Da’at Tov, Jewish Quarterly Review (2005)

"Rainbow Hasidism in America-The Maturation of Jewish Renewal-A Review Essay," The Reconstructionist (Spring, 2004): 34-60

"Is Egalitarianism Heresy: Re-Thinking Gender on the Margins of Judaism" Nashim 8 (Fall, 2004); "Judaism and Reconciliation" Concilium: Reconciliation in a World of Conflicts, 2003-5 (forthcoming)

"Lurianic Kabbala and Original Sin," [Hebrew] Hafatzat Ha-Kabbalah (The Influence of Kabbala), Moseh Idel ed. Jerusalem, 2005

"Ethics Disentangled from the Law: Hasidism and Dispositional Ethics," A Companion to Religious Ethics, Charley Hallisey, William Schweiker eds., (Blackwell Press: England, 2004)