dr Hagai Pely

Dr. Hagai Pely

The history of the Halakhah, the history of the Kabbalah, and the inter relations between the two.

Dr. Hagai Pely’s fields of interests are: The history of the Halakhah, the history of the Kabbalah, and the inter relations between the two. Dr. Pely wrote his Masters’ Thesis, The Book of Kanah and the Book of Peliah: Halakhah and Meta-Halakhah, under the guidance of Professor Moshe Idel in the Department of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His PhD dissertation, The Lurianic Kabbalah: Halakhic and Meta-Halakhic Aspects, was written under the guidance of Prof. Boaz Huss and Prof. Rami Reiner, in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The dissertation engages with two main issues, which have not been investigated systematically: firstly, the status of R. Isaac Luria Ashkenazi, ha-ARI, as a Halakhist in his lifetime; secondly, the Kabbalistic elements underlying his Halakhic and Talmudic activities, and the fundamental relations between Halakhah and Kabbalah found in his thought.

In His current research – as a postdoctoral fellow in the Elyachar Center at Ben-Gurion University, headed by Prof. Haviva Pedaya – Dr. Pely focuses on Mekor Hayim, a kabbalistic commentary of the Shulhan Arukh, written by R. Hayim ha-Cohen of Aleppo, one of R. Hayim Vital’s disciples. In his research he deals with the complex relationships between the Halakhah and the Kabbalah as expressed in this unique and non-investigated work, which could serve us as a window through which we can observe the interactions between those two corpuses – Halakhah and Kabbalah – during one of the most formative periods in the history of rabbinical Judaism.