Lawrence Fine

Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies

The Holocaust; Jewish mysticism; Jewish studies; Judaism, eighteenth century to the present; women and Judaism

Lawrence Fine is a prominent scholar of medieval Judaism and Jewish mysticism. His particular interests include medieval Jewry in Islamic lands and contemporary Jewish spirituality. His field of scholarly research is the Jewish mystical tradition, with a special focus on religious community and mystical experience.

Fine has written four books, most recently Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and His Kabbalistic Fellowship (Stanford University Press, 2003), an introduction to medieval Jewish history and mysticism through the study of one of its most mysterious and influential figures, Isaac Luria. Fine's other books include Judaism in Practice: From the Middle Ages through the Early Modern Period (Princeton, 2001), Essential Papers on Kabbalah (NYU, 1995), and Safed Spirituality (Paulist Press, 1984).

Fine teaches Introduction to Judaism, Jewish Spiritual Autobiographies, Engendering Judaism: Women and Jewish Tradition, and Contemporary Jewish Ethics. Before coming to Mount Holyoke, he taught at Indiana University for 12 years.