RRC Logo

Get Email Updates!

Joel Hecker, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Modern Jewish Civilization; Professor of Jewish Mysticism

215.576.0800, ext. 217

Joel Hecker, Ph.D., is completing the last two volumes of the first complete annotated translation of the Zohar, the central and canonical text of Jewish mysticism. He has been a fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania; served as a visiting instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, the Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University; and lectured at a range of universities, a host of adult-education institutions and synagogues of all four major denominations.

He holds an H.B.A. in English literature from the University of Toronto, rabbinic ordination and M.S. in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University, and a doctorate in Judaic Studies, specializing in Jewish mysticism, from New York University.

Hecker is the author of Mystical Bodies, Mystical Meals: Eating and Embodiment in Medieval Kabbalah (Wayne State University Press, 2004), The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Vol. 11, and the forthcoming The Zohar: Pritzker Edition, Vol. 12, and has published widely on a range of themes in Jewish mysticism. His scholarly interests include ritual, embodiment, and mystical experience and mystical techniques in the kabbalah, as well as the history of Jewish magic.