Assaf Tamari

Discursive relations between Kabbalah, Medicine and Science in the Lurianic Kabbalah of sixteenth century Safed.

Assaf Tamari is a doctoral student at the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, writing about early modern Jewish intellectual History, and specializing in Kabbalistic literature. His dissertation, supervised by Prof. Boaz Huss, focuses on discursive relations between Kabbalah, medicine and Science in general in the Lurianic Kabbalah of sixteenth century Ottoman Safed and early modern notions of agency. In addition, he devoted studies to current political-theology in Israel/Palestine and its genealogies, especially among radical circles in the margins of religious Zionism.

Assaf began his academic studies in Tel-Aviv University, as part of the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students, and later went on to obtain his Master’s degree in the Department of Hebrew Culture, where he graduated Summa cum Laude. His thesis was devoted to Lurianic notions of subjectivity, through an analysis of its intricate soul transmigration theories, vis-à-vis the historiographical debates over the early modern roots of our concept of the “subject”.

Selected Publications

Assaf Tamari, “Erev Rav”, Mafte’akh, 2 (summer 2010), pp. 43-74 (Hebrew).

Assaf Tamari, “The Place of Politics: The Notion of Consciousness in R. Yitzchak Ginsburgh’s Political Thought”, Israel Studies Review, Volume 29, Issue 2, Winter 2014: 78–98.