The “Symposium for the Study of Kabbalistic Literature: The Kabbalah in Girona,” co-sponsored by the Dept. of Jewish Thought, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of Gershom Scholem's path-breaking book, The Beginning of Kabbalah: 1150–1250 (in Hebrew, 1948), which gave rise to his monumental studies on the origins of the Kabbalah. The conference will focus on the literature produced by Kabbalistic writers active in the town of Girona, Catalonia, in the 13th century, with the aim of discussing the state of the research in this field, central for the study of medieval Kabbalah. Leading scholars in this field, from Israel and the USA, are among the speakers in the conference, presenting new studies as well as new perspectives on past studies. This conference is intended to establish a series of regular biennial conferences dedicated to the study of Kabbalah, focusing each time on a specific subject or corpus of the Kabbalistic literature.
The conference has been initiated and organized by two Mandel Fellows: Dr. Avishai Bar Asher and Dr. Judith Weiss.
Program available at http://en.scholion.huji.ac.il/sites/default/files/scholionen/files/progr...
Dr. Judith Weiss, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Avishai Bar Asher, Hebrew University of Jerusalem