Rabbi Leo Baeck is known as the heroic leader of German Jewry during the dark Nazi years. Less well known is how he was able to balance a twofold commitment: to Jewish faith and to modern historical scholarship. The lecture will present Baeck as a significant voice in creating a form of Judaism that allowed for the critical evaluation of Jewish sources even as it reached for the mystery of a transcendent demanding God.
Michael A. Meyer is Adolph S. Ochs Professor emeritus at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author, among other books, of The Origins of the Modern Jew and Response to Modernity: A History of the Reform Movement in Judaism. From 1991 to 2013, he served as the International President of the Leo Baeck Institute and he was the editor of the sixth volume of Leo Baeck’s works.
This lecture was made possible by the Paul and Dorothy Grob Memorial Lecture Series and the Nir Family Lecture Series.