CFP: Shi’ur Komah: An Issue of the Journal Jewish Thought commemorating the 500th year of R. Moses Cordovero’s birth

Assaf Tamari Discussion


Shi’ur Komah: An Issue of the Journal Jewish Thought commemorating the 500th year of R. Moses Cordovero’s birth

2022/5782 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of R. Moses Cordovero (1522-1570), one of the key figures in the Safedian sixteenth-century kabbalistic renaissance and one of the most proliferous writers in the history of Jewish thought. Cordovero’s voluminous and comprehensive literary corpus deals with the full plethora of topics concerning both human life and the Divine. It reveals one of the most impressive intellectual endeavors of his era and places him among the central Jewish thinkers of the early modern Ottoman empire.

Recent years have seen a growing scholarly interest in Cordovero’s life and thought. Scholars are steadily shedding light on previously obscure aspects of his Kabbalah and reassessing his place in the legacy of Safed and its impact on Jewish modernity. This issue of the Journal Jewish Thought (of the Goldstein-Goren Internatonal Center for Jewish Thought, at Ben Gurion University of the Negev) aims to advance the diverse trends of current research and to give expression to the plenitude of relevant perspectives and contexts.

Following the conference devoted to Cordovero's thought and legacy, held as part of the 18th World Congress of Jewish Studies, in cooperation with Ben-Zvi Institute for the Study of Jewish Communities in the East, we invite scholars to submit articles, in either Hebrew or English, to an issue dedicated to Cordovero's work, and to its impact and contexts. The issue will commemorate Prof. Bracha Sack's 90th birthday, acknowledging her longstanding exceptional contribution to the study of Cordovero.

Scholars are invited to send a tentative title and short description of their article by December 31st 2022, to the e-mail address The articles should be submitted by March 1st 2023, and should not exceed 10,000 words. Please enclose English and Hebrew abstracts to Hebrew articles upon submission.

English articles should be submitted in accordance with the following guidelines:

All articles will be peer-reviewed.

For previous free-access issues of the Journal, visit the website: goren/Pages/Journal.asp