Or Hadash's Scholar in Residence Program with Art Green Saturday, March 16 (7:30-9:00) – "Re-Claiming the Mystical Tradition: Why, What, and How" Two hundred years after expunging the mystical tradition from the Jewish "mainstream," the Jewish people is now clamoring to reclaim it. Why is this happening? What does it mean for the future of Jewish thought? What are the right ways to reclaim Kabbalah and Hasidism, and what of those traditions might well be left behind?
Art Green, a nationally recognized historian of Jewish religion and a theologian, is the founding dean of Hebrew College's Rabbinical School and now serves as its rector. He has lectured widely and 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 University; and Hebrew College. Green is the founder of Havurat Shalom, an egalitarian Jewish communityin Somerville, Mass., and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish renewal movement. He is the author of more than a dozen books; his most recent is "Radical Judaism: Rethinking God and Tradition," (Yale University Press, 2010). Green has been named to Newsweek and The Daily Beast's list of Top 50 Influential Rabbis in America every year since 2008.