Pinchas Giller, PhD

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Pinchas Giller

Jean and Harvey z"l Powell Professor

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B.A., Columbia College, New York, 1973
M.S., Education, Yeshiva University, New York, 1980
Rabbinical Ordination, Yeshiva University, New York, 1980
Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, 1980-1982
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union   Berkeley, 1990


Dr. Pinchas Giller is Chair of the Jewish Studies Department and Jean and Harvey z"l Powell Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Following his ordination, in 1980, Dr. Giller taught high school in Israel. He came back to the U.S. to earn his Ph.D., then returned to Israel to participate in the Hebrew University Zohar Project. After stints at Concordia University in Montreal and Washington University in St. Louis, he joined the AJU faculty in 1998 and became department chair in 2009. He also directs the Kabbalah and Hasidism Program at the American Jewish University.


The Enlightened Will Shine: Symbolization and Theurgy in the Later Strata of the Zohar. (1993)
Reading the Zohar: The Sacred Text of the Kabbalah (2000)
Shalom Shar'abi and the Kabbalists of Beit El (2009)
Kabbalah: a Guide for the Perplexed (2012)