Professor Rachel Elior of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will speak on "Judaism and Democracy" on Thursday, Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. in 601 Herter Hall.
Prior to her lecture, Elior will lead a discussion with students on "Judaism and Women," from 1-2:15 p.m., also in 601 Herter 601.
Elior is the John and Golda Cohen Chair of Jewish Studies in the department of Jewish thought at the Hebrew University, where she is a professor of Jewish philosophy and mysticism. She has published and edited 10 books, the most recent of which is “The Three Temples: On the Emergence of Jewish Mysticism,” published last year by Littman Library. Elior also is a senior fellow of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where she participates in the Framework for Contemporary Jewish Thought and Identity. She is one of the foremost experts on Jewish mysticism, and in Israel is widely regarded as one of
the country’s most important activists and theoreticians on behalf of women.
This talk is the second in the series of lectures on "Secular Judaism" at the presented by the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies and sponsored by the Center for Cultural Judaism and the Posen Foundation.