Menachem Kellner: Jewish Universalism


Menachem Kellner is an American-born scholar of Jewish philosophy, an educator, and a public intellectual who lives in Israel. For over three decades he taught at the University of Haifa, where he held the Sir Isaac and Lady Edith Wolfson Chair of Jewish Religious Thought as well as several high-level administrative positions. Currently he teaches Jewish philosophy at Shalem College, Israel’s first liberal arts college, which seeks to integrate Western and Jewish texts. Trained in ethics and political philosophy, Kellner specializes in medieval Jewish philosophy, arguing that Maimonides’ rationalist universalism should serve as the ideal for contemporary Jewish life. Creatively fusing Zionism, modern Orthodoxy, and democracy, his vision of Judaism is open to and engaged with the modern world.

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Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is Professor of History, Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Aaron W. Hughes holds the Philip S. Bernstein Chair of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester.
"For most people, the 68-page interview with Kellner is the best way to understand his worldview. Free of academic pomposity, Kellner has a light, self-deprecating touch. A modern Orthodox Jew, Kellner seeks to advance a liberal, universalistic understanding of Judaism...What an appropriate message at this time of year when we are challenged to commit more firmly to our Judaism, and at the same time, to think of Judaism’s universal message as expressed in the Rosh Hashanah liturgy, that “all who come to earth pass before God” for judgment."-- Martin Lockshin, The Canadian Jewish News, September 2015
The Contributors
Editors’ Introduction to Series
Menachem M. Kellner : An Intellectual Portrait James Diamond
Heresy and the Nature of Faith in Medieval Jewish Philosophy Menachem Kellner
Maimonides on the Science of the "Mishneh Torah": Provisional or Permanent? Menachem Kellner
Maimonides' “True Religion”: For Jews or All Humanity?Menachem Kellner
We Are Not Alone Menachem Kellner
Interview with Menachem M. Kellner Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Select Bibliography
Available in print and electronically, the books in the Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers will be ideal for use in diverse educational settings (e.g., college-level courses, rabbinic seminaries, adult Jewish learning, and inter-religious dialogue).
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