Michael A. Meyer/Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, "Image and Self-Image of the Modern Rabbi"


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Image and Self-Image of the Modern Rabbi

The venerable teacher and scholar Michael Meyer will discuss how the figure of the rabbi has been transformed in the modern age. Visual and literary depictions of rabbis have evolved along with their changing roles in clerical, scholarly, communal, and public contexts. For example, they increasingly appeared as prophets and priests, and this was reflected in their portraits, postures, and forms of dress. Professor Meyer will also examine how such imagery changed with the entrance of women into the rabbinate.

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

Michael A. Meyer is the Adolph S. Ochs Professor of Jewish History Emeritus at the Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, and a regular visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Among his award-winning books are The Origins of the Modern Jew (1967), Response to Modernity (1988), Jewish Identity in the Modern World (1990), and Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi (2007), and he is the author of more than two hundred articles and reviews. During his fellowship at the Katz Center this fall, Professor Meyer is at work on his recent project, “Dispersion–Diversion: Consequences of the Migration of Jewish Studies from Germany to America.”

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Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Avenue, Wynnewood, PA 19096

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October 21, 2014 7:30pm
Open to the public
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Etty Lassman
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