Yossi Chajes

JH (Yossi) Chajes

Yossi Chajes (Ph.D., Yale University 1999) is Wolfson Professor of Jewish Thought in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa. A former recipient of the Fulbright, Rothchild, Wexner and Hartman Fellowships, Chajes has also been a visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, a three-time fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania , at the Israeli Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem and at Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften from Goethe University Frankfurt .

Yossi Chajes Chajes directs the Israel Foundation for Science and the Volkswagen Foundation supported the “Ilanot Project” – an ambitious and unprecedented attempt to catalog and describe all kabbalistic cosmological diagrams. Chajes’ pioneering work has been awarded three Israel Science Foundation grants, as well as the Friedenberg Prize for Outstanding ISF-Funded Project in the Humanities (2014). In 2019, Chajes began a partnership with the Digital Humanities Laboratory at the University of Göttingen; The Haifa-based Ilanot Project team is currently working with a team based on Göttingen to build a platform for the research and presentation of critical editions of Ilanot online: Maps of God. Chajes’ major book on the Ilanot genre, The Kabbalistic Tree: A History, will be published in early 2022 by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization and Liverpool University Press.

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