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Eliyahu Stern is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual & Cultural History in the Departments of Religious Studies & History. Previously, he was Junior William Golding Fellow in the Humanities at Brasenose College and the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford.
He is the author of the award-winning, The Genius: Elijah of Vilna and the Making of Modern Judaism (Yale University Press in 2012). His second monograph Jewish Materialism: The Intellectual Revolution of the 1870s (Yale University Press, 2018) details the ideological background to Jews’ involvement in Zionism, Capitalism, and Communism. His courses include Secularism: From the Enlightenment to the Present, Modern Jewish Intellectual History, The Holocaust in Culture and Politics.
He has served as a term member on the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and a consultant to the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland. Currently, he is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Center of Jewish History.
FALL 2021 SEMINARS
PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION
How to Heal a Broken World:
The Jewish Mystical Tradition
Long demonized as a relic of medieval times, Jewish mysticism has emerged as a source of inspiration for contemporary social justice, self help, and ecological movements. What about this ancient spiritual tradition attracts people to its ideals and practices? This exciting new seminar explores the history of Jewish mysticism in the context of present day concerns and politics with Yale professor Dr. Eliyahu Stern.