Series 3 - Is Jewish Studies Good For the Jews?
The academic field of Jewish studies has grown tremendously over the past few decades. But has this supposedly “neutral” mode of studying Jewish texts and Jewish history strengthened Jewish identity? Many Jewish studies professors go out of their way to “bracket” any sense of Jewish commitment from their classrooms, leaving us to wonder: Is Jewish studies good for Judaism and the Jews? How can deeply committed—or eagerly searching—young Jews enrich their Jewish lives with the best of academic Jewish studies while avoiding the potential pitfalls? Professor Leora Batnitzky, long-time Religion Department chair at Princeton University, will share years of insights from teaching Jewish thought at one of America’s most prestigious universities
Sponsor: The Tikvah Fund