Moshe Idel is the Max Cooper Professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University and a senior researcher at the Hartman Institute. A member of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities, he served also as president of the World Union of Jewish Studies. He has held visiting positions at many institutions including the universities of Yale, Harvard and Princeton.
Among his numerous awards and distinctions are the Israel Prize for Jewish Thought (1999) and the Rothschild Prize (2012) for his transformative research into Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. He has, in addition, been awarded honorary doctorates from a number of universities.
Author of many publications, his book Ben: Sonship and Jewish Mysticism was winner of the 2007 National Jewish Book Award.