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  • 2016 Dr. Alan Morinis
  • 2015 Rabbi Rachel Mikva
  • 2014 Rabbi Eric Yoffie
  • 2013 Rabbi Arthur Green, Ph.D
  • 2012 Rabbi Michael L. Morgan, Ph.D
  • 2011 Prof. Joseph Regenstein
  • 2010 Prof. Jonathan Boyarin
  • 2009 Rabbi Neil Gillman
  • 2008 Prof. Jonathan Sarna
  • 2007 Prof. Tamara Eskenazi
  • 2006 Prof. Reuven Firestone
  • 2005 Rabbi Steve Greenberg
  • 2005 Rabbi Sandy Seltzer
  • 2005 Rabbi Rami Shapiro
  • 2005 Rabbi Byron Sherwin
  • 2005 Prof. Judith Cohen
  • 2004 Prof. Mitchell Schwarzer
  • 2003 Prof. Daniel Matt
  • 2002 Edwin Black
  • 2001 Marge Piercy
  • 2000 Prof. Yehuda Reinharz
  • 1999 Tribute to Rabbi Bilgray
  • 1998 Prof. Arnold J. Band

Lectures given from 1986-1997 were transcribed, and most are available as PDF documents. Click to view:

2013 Rabbi Arthur Green, Ph.D: "The Origins of Neo-Hasidism"

The term "Neo-Hasidism" was first used in interwar Europe, referring to literary works that affected a Hasidic style. The lecture will trace the development of both the term and the ideology from then until now. It will emphasize the role of Hillel Zeitlin (1871-1942), the subject of Rabbi Green's most recent book.

Arthur Green is a scholar of Jewish mysticism and Neo-Hasidism. He is a professor in the non-denominational rabbinical program at Hebrew College in Boston. He was a dean of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1987-1993.

Art Green grew up in Newark, New Jersey in a nonobservant Conservative movement Jewish home and attended Camp Ramah. He describes his father as a 'militant atheist', but his mother, from a traditional family, felt obligated to give her son a Jewish education. In 1959, he studied at Brandeis University, where he went through a crisis of faith and sought new approaches to Judaism. Green's professors at Brandeis included Nahum Glatzer and Alexander Altmann. After earning his Ph.D., Green became Philip W. Lown professor (now emeritus) of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. In 1967, he was ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. In 1968, Green was one of the founders of Havurat Shalom.

Green has published many works on Jewish mysticism and Hasidism. Invitd to deliver a series of lectures at Yale University, Green was described as 'one of the preeminent authorities on Jewish spirituality, mysticism, and Hasidism'.

2012 Rabbi Michael L. Morgan, Ph.D: 'The Social and Ethical Character of Human Existence: Emmanuel Levinas and Judaism'

An examination of the philosopher, Talmudic commentator, and one-time prisoner of war in Germany, Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995). Throughout decades of creative work, Levinas became known for an approach that placed the question of personal ethical responsibility to others at the center of his philosophical inquiries. Prof. Morgan will discuss what is distinctive and valuable in the conjunction of philosophy and Judaism in the ideas of this seminal Jewish intellectual.

Dr. Morgan received his rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion in 1970, and his doctoral degree in Philosophy from The University of Toronto. He is the author of sixteen books on subjects as diverse as Jewish Thought After the Holocaust, Modern Jewish Philosophy, and Moral and Political Theory. Among these works are several that examine the contributions of important thinkers such as Benedict Spinoza, Emil Fackenheim, and Emmanuel Levinas.

 

 

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