Rachel Elior is the John and Golda Cohen Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University, specializing in the history of Jewish mysticism. As well as serving twice as chair of the Department of Jewish Thought, where she has been a member of faculty since 1978, she is also a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Institute. She has held visiting appointments at many prestigious universities, including Princeton University, Tokyo University and University of Chicago.
Among her many awards, she is the 2006 recipient of the Gershom Scholem Prize for Research in Kabbalah from the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
She is the author of numerous publications, her most recent book being Israel Ba’al Shem Tov and His Contemporaries: Kabbalists, Sabbatians, Hasidim and Mitnaggedim (2014).