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Jewish Studies Lecture Series - Michael A. Meyer, “Jewish Scholarship and Religious Commitment: The Example of Rabbi Leo Baeck”

Thursday, September 06, 2018,

  • Location: Jean and Alexander Heard Library TN
  • Room: The Poetry Room (612A)

The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series kicks off the year with Michael A. Meyer from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion speaking on “Jewish Scholarship and Religious Commitment: The Example of Rabbi Leo Baeck.”

This talk will take place in the Central Library "Poetry Room" 612A5

Talk Description:

Rabbi Leo Baeck is known as the heroic leader of German Jewry during the Nazi years. Less well known is how he balanced a twofold commitment to Jewish faith and to modern historical scholarship. The lecture will present Baeck as a significant voice in creating a form of Judaism that allowed for the critical evaluation of Jewish sources, even as it reached for the mystery of a transcendent, morally demanding God.

 This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, and the Jean and Alexander Heard Library.