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James Jacobson-Maisels

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Jewish Thought, Jewish Mysticism, Hasidism, Jewish Spiritual Practices, Meditation


Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels grew up outside Hershey, PA and in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He teaches Jewish Thought and Mysticism and Jewish Spiritual Practices and Meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, at Yeshivat Hadar in New York City and at the Hannaton Educational and Spiritual Center in the Galilee.


James holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Judaic Studies from Brown University and an M.St. in Modern Jewish Studies from Balliol College the University of Oxford. He studied at the Conservative Yeshiva, the Shalom Hartman Institute and in the Advanced Learning Seminar at Pardes and received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes in Jerusalem. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in Jewish Studies specializing in Jewish mysticism. He has taught in a variety of settings in America and Israel on Judaism, Jewish mysticism and Jewish spirituality. In addition to teaching at Pardes, he also teaches at Drisha. He strives to integrate his study and practice and to help teach and live Judaism as a spiritual discipline.


Liebes, Yehudah, " The Work of the Chariot and the Work of Creation as Esoteric Subjects in Philo of Alexandria." Trans. James Jacobson-Maisels; in: Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: a Festschrift in Honor of Michael Fishbane Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999 (105-120).
Jacobson-Maisels, James. "Inviting the Demons In: A Hasidic Approach to Suffering, Conflict and Human Failings." Kerem, 11, 5768 (2007-2008) (1-16).
Jacobson-Maisels, James. "Non-Dual Judaism." Jewish Theology in Our Time. Jewish Lights: Forthcoming.


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The Transformation of Biblical Women: Medieval Society Rereads the Bible
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Like Abigail: Charity and Control of Marital Property Abigail was the wife of one of the most evilly portrayed men in the Bible, Nabal the Carmelite. She also went expressly against her husband’s orders giving David and his men food. This talk will describe the surprising ways in which she served as a model for women who went against their husband’s instructions. Read More
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