Spring S.I.R. Shabbat Lunch with Prof. Leora Batnitzky

Saturday, April 29, 2017 • 3 Iyyar 5777

9:15 AM - 2:15 PM270 West 89 Street

Prof. Leora Batnitzky will deliver three talks:

  • Friday night:  Jonah and Prophetic Failure
  • Shabbat morning:  From the Divine to the Human: Job in Modern Jewish Thought
  • Lunch:  Jesus in Modern Jewish Thought

Leora Batnitzky is the Ronald O. Perelman Professor of Jewish Studies and chair of the Department of Religion at Princeton University. Her teaching and research interests include philosophy of religion, modern Jewish thought, hermeneutics, and contemporary legal and political theory. In 2002 she received Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She is the author of Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered (Princeton, 2000), Leo Strauss and Emmanuel Levinas: Philosophy and the Politics of Revelation (Cambridge, 2006), and How Judaism Became a Religion: An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought (Princeton, 2011). Her current book project, tentatively titled “Conversion Before the Law: How Religion and Law Shape Each Other in the Modern World,” focuses on a number of contemporary legal cases concerning religious conversion in the U.S., Great Britain, Israel, and India. She is co-editor, with Ilana Pardes, of The Book of Job: Aesthetics, Ethics and Hermeneutics (de Gruyter, 2014) as well as co-editor, with Yonatan Brafman, of an anthology Jewish Legal Theories, for the Brandeis Library of Modern Jewish Thought. She is co-editing Institutionalizing Rights and Religion, with Hanoch Dagan, to be published by Cambridge University Press and is also co-editor, with Peter Schäfer, of the journal Jewish Studies Quarterly.Hanoch Dagan, to be published by Cambridge University Press and is also co-editor, with Peter Schäfer, of the journal Jewish Studies Quarterly.

This Scholar-in-Residence is sponsored by Ozzie Haller in memory of Jack O. Haller, MD. His family honors his memory by supporting Judaic scholarship and community.

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