JS Lecture Series – Michael A. Meyer, “Jewish Scholarship and Religious Commitment: The Example of Rabbi Leo Baeck”
The Program in Jewish Studies lecture series kicks off the year with Michael A. Meyer from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion speaking on “Jewish Scholarship and Religious Commitment: The Example of Rabbi Leo Baeck.”
Rabbi Leo Baeck is known as the heroic leader of German Jewry during the Nazi years. Less
well known is how he balanced a twofold commitment to Jewish faith and to modern
historical scholarship. The lecture will present Baeck as a significant voice in creating a form
of Judaism that allowed for the critical evaluation of Jewish sources, even as it reached for the
mystery of a transcendent, morally demanding God.
This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies, and the Jean and Alexander Heard Library.