How To Heal A Broken World:
The Jewish Mystical Tradition

with Eliyahu Stern / In Person

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.

6 In-Person Sessions


Sept 14 – Nov 30, 2021

10:30am – 11:45am EST


Session 1: SEPT 14

What Is Jewish Mysticism?

Session 2: SEPT 28

Sabbateanism & Heresy

Session 3: OCT 12

Kabbalah & Social Justice Movements

Session 4: NOV 9

New Age Spirituality 

Session 5: NOV 23

Contemporary Messianic Movements

Session 6: NOV 30

 Pop Culture & Global Influences

Meet the moderator

Eliyahu Stern

Eliyahu Sternis Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History in the Departments of Religious Studies and 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 & Politics. Learn more.