Rabbi Arthur Green

Rabbi Arthur Green

Rabbi Arthur Green
Rector and and Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion
Rabbinical School of Hebrew College
agreen@hebrewcollege.edu  | 617-630-0896

Specialization
Jewish theology and mysticism; Hasidism and its implication for contemporary religious life.

Education

  • Rabbinic Ordination, Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Brandeis University

Professional Websites

 

Involvement in Rabbinic Education

"Neo-Hasidism, as I understand it, means loving and learning from the great spiritual revival of Judaism that took place in Eastern Europe two hundred years ago, while choosing to live outside the strictly regulated world of the contemporary Hasidic community. It means choosing among the many riches of Hasidic teachings to decide which ones might usefully be applied today and which others should be left to history. It is also a faith that some key elements of the Hasidic revival can be re-tooled and universalized to create a Judaism that will be spiritually alive and attractive to seekers — both Jewish and not yet Jewish — in our day. For a fuller outline of my neo-Hasidic views, see the article 'A Neo-Hasidic Life: Credo and Commentary.'

I have given much of my life to the training of future spiritual leadership for the Jewish community. Despite mounds of reasons not to, I still believe in a great future for our people. Our worst years lie in the immediate past, while our best years lie ahead of us. We are the humble bearers of one of the world’s most profound spiritual and moral legacies. We have much to say to a world that is ready, even anxious, to listen. No, we do not have all the truth, or the only truth, but we have much to offer, teachings the world needs to hear, now more than ever. We need new generations of leaders who love our sources and know how to render our teachings in forms that are accessible and attractive to each new generation."

Biography

Dr. Arthur Green was the founding dean and is currently rector of the Rabbinical School and Irving Brudnick Professor of Jewish Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College. He is Professor Emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the distinguished Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought. He is both a historian of Jewish religion and a theologian; his work seeks to form a bridge between these two distinct fields of endeavor.

Educated at Brandeis University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received rabbinic ordination, Dr. Green studied with such important teachers as Alexander Altmann, Nahum N. Glatzer, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, of blessed memory. He has taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, and theology to several generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (where he served as both Dean and President), Brandeis, and now at Hebrew College. He has taught and lectured widely throughout the Jewish community of North America as well as in Israel, where he visits frequently. He was the founder of Havurat Shalom in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1968 and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish Renewal movement.

Current Research

  • Editing two-volume work entitled EXPLORING NEO-HASIDISM with Rabbi Ariel Mayse
  • Translation and annotationof Hasidic work Me'or 'Eynayim, forthcoming in Yale Judaica Series
  • Commentary on the Prayerbook, Be'er Le-Hai Ro'i
  • A book on the development of themes in early Hasidism with Rabbi Ariel Mayse

Courses

  • The Book of Exodus in the Hasidic Tradition
  • Theology of Prayer
  • Theology of the Jewish Year
  • Classical Jewish Thought

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • Tormented Master: A Life of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav   
  • Keter: The Crown of God in Early Jewish Mysticism
  • Jewish Spirituality (historical essays). 2 v. Edited. New York: Crossroad Books (World Spirituality Series), 1986-87.
  • Seek My Face: A Jewish Mystical Theology
  • EHYEH: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow
  • A Guide to the Zohar. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004. 
  • Radical Judaism: Re-thinking God and Tradition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010.
  • Hasidic Spirituality for a New Era: The Religious Writings of Hillel Zeitlin. New York: Paulist Press (Classics of Western Spirituality, 2012.
  • Speaking Torah: Hasidic Teachings from Around the Maggid’s Table. 2 v. Jewish Lights, 2013, with E. Leader, O. Rose, and A. Mayse.
  • The Heart of the Matter: Studies in Jewish Mysticism and Theology. Forthcoming from Jewish Publication Society, 2014.
  • Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers, 2014.
  •  A New Hasidism: Roots and Branches (Forthcoming 2017).
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