Students from Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia among those enrolled in BGU's MOOC on Kabbalah

Thousands of students from 121 different countries around the world are enrolled in the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) "Introduction to Kabbalah" at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The course was offered recently on the platform. The platform, developed at Harvard University and MIT, enables students to study for free online in every country in the world.

The diversity of students from countries such as Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, and Japan allows for fascinating and productive debates on the course website, according to the organisers.  


The course, which lasts six weeks and was developed by Prof. Boaz Huss and Dr. Yoad Kadary from BGU's Goldstein-Goren Department of Jewish Thought (chaired by Prof. Rami Reiner), consists of short video lectures by Prof. Huss in English with Hebrew subtitles.


The goal is to introduce students with no background in Kabbalah or Jewish Thought to the major ideas and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical and cultural settings. The ideas are presented in an accessible manner while maintaining the course's academic rigor.


Dr. Kadary was the director, producer and chief editor of the project, which was developed with funding from the 'Digital Israel' initiative, the Council for Higher Education, and BGU.