Omer 5781: Seven Weeks of Exploration

Omer 5781: Seven Weeks of Exploration

From Passover through Shavuot, IJS invited its community to count the Omer with us. Each week, we shared an email with an exploration of that week’s particular middah, prepared by IJS faculty. Throughout the Omer, IJS’s free daily offerings helped us focus on the middah of each particular week, and to grow in our ability to embody it in our lives.

We are pleased to share the seven weeks of explorations here, including an introduction to the Omer from Rabbi Jonathan Slater.

A Theological Discussion with Dr. Michael Fishbane

A Theological Discussion with Dr. Michael Fishbane

We are delighted to share a recording of a special evening with Dr. Michael Fishbane in conversation with Rabbi Nancy Flam. This live public event sponsored by IJS, took place on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Dr. Michael Fishbane discusses his recently published book Fragile Finitude: A Jewish Hermeneutical Theology.

Dr. Michael Fishbane of the University of Chicago is a well-known teacher and author of numerous books on the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Thought. These include Sacred Attunement: A Jewish Theology (2008) and Song of Songs: A Commentary (Jewish Publication Society, 2015). Fishbane was a founding member of Havurat Shalom in the 1960s, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A Conversation about Purim with Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie

A Conversation about Purim with Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie

In case you missed it, watch Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie in conversation with Rabbi Josh Feigelson, IJS Executive Director. This live public event sponsored by IJS, took place on Thursday evening, February 12, 2021 with an audience of more than 600 people. Rabbi Amichai shares a unique perspective on Purim and offers new ways to celebrate virtually this year.

Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie is the Founding Spiritual Leader of Lab/Shul NYC and the creator of Storahtelling, Inc. An Israeli-born Jewish educator, writer, and performance artist, he received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2016. Rabbi Amichai has been hailed as “an iconoclastic mystic” by Time Out New York, a “rock star” by the New York Times, and “one of the most interesting thinkers in the Jewish world” by the Jewish Week.

An Evening of Conversation with Rabbi Art Green

An Evening of Conversation with Rabbi Art Green

On Tuesday evening November 10, 2020, Rabbi Josh Feigelson, PhD, IJS Executive Director, interviewed Rabbi Dr. Art Green at a live public event sponsored by IJS, to an audience of more than 500 people. This is a full recording of their conversation.

Art Green is one of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality’s founding teachers. He is also the founding dean and current director of the Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College, as well as Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University. He is both a historian of Jewish religion and a theologian; his work seeks to form a bridge between these two distinct fields of endeavor.

Educated at Brandeis University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he received rabbinic ordination, Art studied with such important teachers as Alexander Altmann, Nahum Glatzer, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, of blessed memory. He has taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, and theology to generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (where he served as both Dean and President), Brandeis, and now at Hebrew College. He was the founder of Havurat Shalom in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1968 and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish Renewal movement.

Art is author, editor, and translator of more than twenty books. Among his scholarly works are Tormented Master: A Life of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav and Keter: The Crown of God in Early Jewish Mysticism. Art is also well known for his translations and interpretations of Hasidic teachings, including: Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from Around the Maggid’s Table (2013). Among his most recent works are the two-volume A New Hasidim (JPS, 2019), co-edited with Ariel Evan Mayse and a complete translation of the Hasidic classic The Light of the Eyes (Stanford, 2020).

Art’s most recent book is Judaism for the World: Reflections on God, Life, and Love (Yale, 2020).