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Monday, June 25, 2012

Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, Ph.D., Professor of Modern Jewish Thought,recently published three articles:

  • (German) "Das Ende der Galut?: Eine Untersuchung zur jüdischen religiösen Philosophie des 19. Jahrhunderts", in: Tanja Pilger & Markus Witte (eds.), Mazel tov; Interdisziplinäre Beiträge zum Verhältnis von Christentum und Judentum: Festschrift anlässlich des 50. Geburtstages des Instituts Kirche und Judentum, Leipzig: Studien Kirche und Israel; Neue Folge, 2012, pp. 229–245
  • (English) “Beshalch: 'The Kingdom of Heaven' in the Thought of Spinoza, Mendelssohn and Buber”, in: Naftali Rothenberg (ed.), The Weekly Torah Portion as an Inspiration for Thought and Creativity, English: Shmuel Sermoneta Gertel, NY: Yeshiva University Press & the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 2012, pp. 195–204
  • (English) “Yitro: Scripture and Life; on Rosenzweig's Concept of Torah", ibid, pp. 205–212

Learn more in Rabbi Amir’s blog.

Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Ph.D., Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam, gave the keynote at the opening of the 2012 Association of Jewish Libraries Convention in Pasadena, CA. Click here for further information.

Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener, D.Min., Director, Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling, with Rabbi Mychal B. Springer, Director, Center for Pastoral Education, The Jewish Theological Seminary, and Barbara Breitman, CSW, D.Min., Instructor of Pastoral Care, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, hosted a two-day Master Class: Explorations in Jewish Pastoral Theology at the Blaustein Center on May 15-16. Each of them invited one rabbi who graduated from each of the seminaries to present a pastoral case and explore the theological issues that emerged for a congregant and for themselves.  Through discussion, role play, and reflection, the participants and leaders participated in a unique learning opportunity that served as a catalyst for serious theological reflection.


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