Bernard H. Mehlman, Rabbi and D.H.L.

Contact Information

Phone: 
(617) 738-6654
Lecturer in Midrash and Homiletics

HUC-JIR/New York

Program/School: 
Rabbinical Program, New York
Academic Field: 
Midrash
Research Interests: 
Aggadic Midrash; Literary and Cultural Criticism; Thought of Martin Buber

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I have served as a congregational rabbi for 50 years always pursuing an academic component to my rabbinate. I was on the faculty of Trinity College, Washington D.C. (11 years), Distinguished Lecturer in Judaism in The Hornstein Graduate Program at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, (15 years), and Lecturer in Midrash and Homiletics at Hebrew Union College, N.Y., (2000 to the present). I encourage the study of Jewish texts as an intellectual and spiritual endeavor, which brings a sense of authenticity to emerging rabbis.

Selected Publications and Edited Works

Midrash Petirat Aharon, (critical translation and critical notes) Journal of Reform Judaism, Summer 1980

"The Response to the Christian Exegesis of Psalms in the Teshuvot La Nozrim of Rabbi David Qimhi," Jewish Civilization: Essays and Studies, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1985

"Rahab as a Model of Human Redemption" in "Open Thou Mine Eyes, "Essays on Aggadah and Judaica presented to Rabbi William G. Braude on his eightieth birthday and dedicated to his memory,  KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1992. [Also an Editor of this volume.]

The Ma’aseh Avraham Avinu ‘Alav HaShalom, Translation, Notes, and Commentary, The Reform Jewish Quarterly, Spring 2012.

The Way of Man According to Hasidic Teaching, Martin Buber, New Translation and Notes and Introduction, Rabbi Bernard H. Mehlman and Dr. Gabriel E, Padawer, with Foreword by Professor Paul Mendes-Flohr, Jewish Lights Publishing Co., 2012.

Current and Future Courses
Certain Women in the Midrash
Catastrophe in Jewish Tradition as seen through the texts of the Biblical Book of Lamentations and Midrash Aicha Rabba
The Minor Midrashim
Martin Buber's: The Way of Man According to Hasidic Teaching