Irene Kaplan Leiwant Professor of Jewish Studies & Chair of Jewish Studies
Lawrence Fine received his Ph.D in 1976 from the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He has been a member of the Mount Holyoke faculty for thirteen years, after having taught at Indiana University for twelve years. He occupies the Irene Kaplan Leiwant Chair of Jewish Studies, and, in addition to directing the Jewish Studies Program, he is chair of the Religion Department. His field of scholarly research is the Jewish mystical tradition, with a special interest in notions of religious community and mystical experience. He has published four books, including Safed Spirituality (Paulist Press, 1984), Essential Papers on Kabbalah (NYU, 1995), Judaism in Practice: From the Middle Ages through the Early Modern Period (Princeton, 2001), and Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos: Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship (Stanford, 2003).