Yossi Chajes - Brief Bio


J. H. (Yossi) Chajes (Ph.D., Yale University 1999) is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Jewish History of the University of Haifa.

A former recipient of Fulbright, Rothchild, Wexner, and Hartman Fellowships, Chajes was also Visiting Professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and has been a returning fellow at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

His book, Between Worlds: Dybbuks, Exorcists, and Early Modern Judaism, (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003) was listed by the Wall Street Journal as among the top five books ever written on spirit possession, alongside Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun. He is currently writing a book on the "Magic Taboo" in Jewish culture as well as a book on cosmological cartography in early modern Judaism. Chajes’s Ilanot Project has been supported by the Israel Science Foundation since 2008, and is an ambitious attempt to catalogue and describe all extant kabbalistic cosmological diagrams.

Chajes, a classical pianist, was also a student of R. Shlomo Carlebach's, and performed with R. Carlebach for many years. Today Chajes is in demand as a Carlebach Hazzan and is invited to congregations around the world to lead weekends of prayer, devotional study, and lectures.

Yossi lives in Zichron Yaakov with his wife Julie; he has five children - Ketoret, Levana, Yoel, Nori, & Yishai.

A recent professional c.v. may be downloaded by clicking here.