Prof. Pedaya will receive the prize at a festive ceremony to be held at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
The Selection Committee, appointed by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, chose Prof. Haviva Pedaya as the laureate of the 2018 Gershom Scholem Prize in Kabbalah
Prof. Pedaya is the head of the The J. R. Elyachar Center for Studies in Sephardi Heritage and a professor of Jewish history at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The Committee cited as especially noteworthy Prof. Pedaya's ability to connect complex issues in the study of Kabbalah with major questions in the study of religionand other areas of cultural and historical knowledge.
The prize, in the amount of NIS 45,000, is awarded every four years to an outstanding researcher in the field of Kabbalah. Former awardees of the Scholem Prize were Prof. Isaiah Tishby, Prof. Moshe Idel, Prof. Yehuda Liebes, Prof. Rachel Elior, Prof. Daniel Abrams and Prof. Jonathan Garb.
Prof. Pedaya will receive the prize at a festive ceremony to be held at the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, marking the 36th anniversary of Prof. Gershom Scholem, the third president of the Academy and one of the greatest scholars of Kabbalah and mysticism in Israel and abroad.