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WolfsonProf. Elliot Wolfson is the Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and the Director of the Program in Relgious Studies at New York University. He is the author of many books which have opened remarkable new directions in the study of Jewish Mysticism. Among his many texts can be cited: Abraham Abulafia—Kabbalist and Prophet: Hermeneutics, Theosophy and Theurgy [LA, 2000]; Through a Speculum that Shines [Princeton, 1994]; Circle in the Square [Albany, 1995]; Rendering the Veil: Concealment and Secrecy in the History of Religions [1999]; and published in October, 2004, Language, Eros, Being:Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination.

fairsteinMorris M. Faierstein is an independent scholar. He studied at the City College of New York, Jewish Theological Seminary and received his Ph.D. at Temple University. His books include, a new Hebrew edition of Rabbi Hayyim Vital’s Sefer Hezyonot (Ben Zvi Institute, in press); Jewish Mystical Autobiographies (Paulist Press – Classics of Western Spirituality, 1999), and All is in the Hands of Heaven: The Teachings of Rabbi Mordecai Joseph Leiner of Izbica (Yeshiva University Press/Ktav, 1989). He has also published more than thirty articles and reviews in a wide variety of scholarly journals. He has served as a Jewish chaplain in the U.S. Air Force, retiring from active duty in 2000. His assignments include various postings in the United States, two tours of duty in Germany and service in Bosnia.

goldishMatt Goldish
is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies [Melton Center of Jewish Studies] at Ohio State University, Columbus. He has just published The Sabbatean Prophets [Harvard U.P., 2004] to rave reviews. His deep interests in Jewish mysticism have led him to publish: Millenarianism and Messianism in Early Modern European Culture: Jewish Messianism in Early Modern World, Vol. 1 (ed.) [Dordrecht 2001] Judaism in the Theology of Sir Isaac Newton[2002]; and Spirit Possession in Judaism: Cases and Contexts from the Middle Ages to the Present. [ Detroit, 2003].

rapoport albertAda Rapoport-Albert is Professor and head of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College, London. Dr. Rapoport-Albert has published many studies of Hasidism, focusing on particular institutions (e.g. confession before the Rebbe, hereditary succession in the leadership) or schools of thought (Braslav, Habad), as well as on particular topics (e.g. the perception of history and history writing within the movement, the position of women in Hasidism).[See her Hasidism Reappraised (ed.) London, 1996]. She is currently completing a book entitled Female Bodies - Male Souls: Asceticism and Gender in the Jewish Mystical Tradition and a monograph on the position of women in the 17th-19th century messianic heresy of Sabbatai Zevi and his successors. Projected for 2007 is a volume: Messianic Hasidism: from 19th century Bratslav to 20th Century Habad.

magidShaul Magid is the Jon and Jeanie Schottenstein Associate Professor of Modern Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. He is editor of God’s Voice through the Void and co-editor of Beginning Again:Towards a Hermeneutic of Jewish Texts and Journal of Textual Reasoning. He has just published in 2003 an important study of Hasidic thought entitled: Hasidism on the Margin: Reconciliation, Antinomianism, and Messianism in Izbica/Radzin Hasidism.

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