Assaf Tamari is a doctoral candidate in the Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He writes about Jewish intellectual history in the beginning of the modern era. His dissertation, titled The Discourse of the Body in the Kabbalah of the Ari [Rabbi Isaac Luria], supervised by Prof. Boaz Huss, is devoted to an examination of the relations between Kabbalah and medicine in the Kabbalah of the Ari in sixteenth-century Safed and their influence on the kabbalists’ views about ability and activity. In addition to studying the modern era, Tamari has published research on contemporary political thought in Israel/Palestine, primarily in radical circles on the margins of religious Zionism.
He began his academic studies at Tel Aviv University in the Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students. He completed his master’s degree, cum laude, in the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies at that university, under the supervision of Dr. Yoram Jacobson. His master’s thesis, Sparks of Humanity: A Guide to the Lurian Theory of Reincarnation and the Image of Humankind Arising from It, examined the complex view of humankind in the Kabbalah of the Ari, in relation to the question of precisely when the modern subject appeared at the beginning of the modern era.
Tamari is the academic coordinator of the "Mizrahi Perspectives, Jewish Perspectives" research group that has met at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute for several years, first with the title The Jews of the East, in the Mediterranean Neighbors unit, and now in the Jewish Culture and Identity unit.