J. H. (Yossi) Chajes is associate professor in the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa and the director of its Center for the Study of Jewish Cultures. A former recipient of Fulbright, Rothchild, Wexner, and Hartman Fellowships, Chajes has also been a visiting professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, and a fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem, and the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften of Goethe University, Frankfurt.

His book, Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism (University of Pennsylvania, 2003) was listed by the Wall Street Journal in 2013 as among the top five books ever written on spirit possession, alongside Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun. Chajes’s research interests include Kabbalah, early modern Jewish egodocuments, women’s religiosity, the history of Jewish attitudes toward magic, and the visualization of knowledge. Chajes currently directs the Israel Science Foundation-supported Ilanot Project—an ambitious and unprecedented attempt to catalogue and describe all kabbalistic cosmological diagrams. Selected publications may be found at https://haifa.academia.edu/JHChajes.


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J. H. (Yossi) Chajes (2003–2004)
J. H. (Yossi) Chajes (2013–2014)