Dr. Chajes will address the topic of women mystics in Jewish history. The great historian of Jewish mysticism, Gershom Scholem, famously asserted that there were no women kabbalists. This evening, Dr. Chajes will show how Scholem was right in particular, but wrong in general. If women were not, as a rule, producers or consumers of kabbalistic texts, Jewish women were nevertheless to be found among our mystics. Together with the attendees, he will study materials that allow us to reconstruct the circle of women mystics in sixteenth-century Safed.
Sponsor: CSULB Jewish Studies Program, Alpert JCC, Jewish Federation of Long Beach and West Orange County