Coordinator of the “Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah” research group
The research of Dr. Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel, the coordinator of the Psychoanalysis and Kabbalah research group, focuses on the connections between myth, Kabbalah, psychoanalysis, and gender. She is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and in the Da’at Hamakom group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and she is also a lecturer at the Tel Aviv Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She has a PhD in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the post-doctoral program at New York University and a former research fellow at Brandeis University. In recent years she has been a Kreitman Postdoctoral Fellow and a fellow of the Elyachar Center for Studies in Sephardi Heritage at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her book Kedeshot ukedoshot: Imahot hamashiah bamythos hayehudi (Holiness and Transgression: The Mothers of the Messiah in Jewish Myth) was published in 2014 as part of the Hilal Ben-Chaim Series in Jewish Studies, published by Hakibbutz Hameuchad. A volume of her poems, Ein Sheket Ba’olam Klal (The World Has No Silence), was awarded the Rachel Negev Prize. Her current research deals with perceptions of birth and the writing of the Zohar in light of a psychoanalytic and gendered reading, and the influences of late kabbalistic writings.