Rabbi Jacob Neusner, the third speaker in the Herzstein Lecture Series, is the Distinguished Service Professor of the History and Theology of Judaism and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. During his career, Rabbi Neusner has published more than 1,000 books and numerous articles; he is reputed to be the most published humanities scholar in the world.
Rabbi Neusner’s Herzstein lecture considers the impact that the increase in the number of professors in Jewish Studies at non-Jewish universities has had on education in Rabbinical seminaries. “Fifty years ago, in 1960, there were a few professors of Jewish studies. Today there are dozens,” he says. “But the seminaries have stood still. The Jewish community has invested millions of dollars in chairs of Jewish studies under gentile auspices. But the Rabbinical seminaries have paid the price and today struggle to maintain themselves. Have we traded one form of higher Jewish education for another?”
Speaker(s): Rabbi Jacob Neusner
Date: September 20, 2010
Location: Jones Hall
Length: 61 mins