Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
Annual Report
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Israel Studies lies at the heart of our mission, as
we seek to train Jewish leaders who are steeped in
the concept of Jewish peoplehood and nurtured
by the enduring ties linking the State of Israel and
Diaspora Jewry,” says Rabbi Ellenson. “As a leading
Israeli scholar, Dr. Meir Seidler will further rein-
force our students’ relationship with the people
and land of Israel, building upon their required
first year of study of the history, politics, and cul-
ture of Israel and intensive Hebrew language
studies at our Jerusalem campus.”
Dr. Seidler’s area of academic specialization is Jewish
Thought in the Modern Era. He received the M.A.
in Comparative Religion from Philipps University
in Marburg, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Jewish
Philosophy from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where
his doctoral dissertation was titled “The Concept of
Judaism as a ‘Religion of Law’: Spinoza, Mendelssohn,
Samson Raphael Hirsch and Isaac Breur.” Dr. Seidler
has taught at Ariel University Center in Samaria in
the Department of Israel Heritage and at Bar-Ilan
University’s Centre of Jewish Studies. His extensive
publications include numerous articles and two books:
Shma Yisrael - Oneness. The Jewish Perspective
Controversy that Endures. The Secession Controversy
(1877) -
The Open Letters Correspondence between the
Rabbis Samson Raphael Hirsch and Seligmann Baer
He served as Co-Editor of
Moreshet Israel -
Journal of Judaism and Zionism
Dr. Seidler appreciates HUC-JIR as a special desti-
nation in his life’s journey. “Having spent my
childhood and youth in Europe with only few Jews
around, and now living and teaching in Israel,
teaching in the U.S. in general and at HUC-JIR in
particular provides me with an excellent opportuni-
ty to learn something about a substantial part of the
Jewish people with whom I was not acquainted,”
says Dr. Seidler. “I am grateful for the warm wel-
come I received here and I am impressed by the
quality of the faculty and the students, by the vitali-
ty of the community, as well as by its thirst for
learning and its commitment to the Jewish State.”