Community Scholar Program: 17th Annual CSP One Month Scholar Dr. Yossi Chajes, Closing Lecture:
Secret Jewish Histories and What They Mean for Us Now
Secret Jewish Histories: Revealing the Hidden Worlds of Jewish Culture:
Jewish magic, Women Mystics, and Kabbalistic Mysteries
During his 4-week residency Chajes will explore rarely considered dimensions of Jewish life and thought.
J. H. (Yossi) Chajes (Ph.D., Yale University 1999) is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Jewish History of the University of Haifa and the director of its Center for the Study of Jewish Cultures.
A former recipient of Fulbright, Rothschild, Wexner, and Hartman Fellowships, Chajes has also been a visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, twice a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently a fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem.
His book, Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003) was listed by the Wall Street Journal in 2013 as among the top five books ever written on spirit possession, alongside Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun.
Chajes’ research interests include Kabbalah, early modern Jewish egodocuments, women’s religiosity, the history of Jewish attitudes towards magic, and the visualization of knowledge. Chajes currently directs the Israel Science Foundation-support “Ilanot Project” – an ambitious and unprecedented attempt to catalogues and describe all kabbalistic cosmological diagrams. Some of Yossi’s publications may be found at https://haifa.academia.edu/JHChajes.
Chajes, a classical pianist, was also a student of R. Shlomo Carlebach's, and performed with R. Carlebach for many years. Today Chajes is in demand as a Carlebach Hazzan and is invited to congregations around the world to lead weekends of prayer, devotional study, and lectures.