Emil Fackenheim Lectures
The Jewish philosopher of religion, Emil Fackenheim z''l, was awarded the Abraham Geiger Award at the Jewish Museum, Berlin in July 2002. The laudatory speech was given by the then Governing Mayor of Berlin, Dr. Gregor Gysi. After the Shoah, Emil Fackenheim’s philosophical life’s work opened new vistas towards a possible Jewish religious faith.
The award winner then founded the annual “Emil Fackenheim Lecture” at the Abraham Geiger College. Each time, a distinguished scholar should be honored, whose work stands for the connection of tradition and modernity in research and religious practice in the field of Judaism.
1st Emil Fackenheim Lecture:
Rabbi Dr. John D. Rayner z''l - Gut und Böse im Jüdischen Denken (Good and Evil in Jewish Thought)
2nd Emil Fackenheim Lecture:
Professor Dr. Daniel Boyarin (Berkeley) - Why is Rabbi Yohanan a women – platonic love in the Talmud
3rd Emil Fackenheim Lecture:
Professor Dr. Jakob Allerhand (Wien) - Judentum und fin de siècle (Judaism and Fin de Siècle)
4th Emil Fackenheim Lecture:
Rabbi Professor Michael Marmur (HUC Jerusalem) - Zum 100. Geburtstag von Abraham Joshua Heschel (On the 100th Birthday of Abraham Joshua Heschel)
5th Emil Fackenheim Lecture:
Rabbi Professor Seth Kunin (Durham) - The Myth of Essentialism
6th Emil Fackenheim Lecture:
Professor Dr. David Biale (Davis) - Secularism - Is It a Part of the Jewish Tradition?
7th Emil Fackenheim Lecture:
Rabbi Professor David B. Ruderman (Philadelphia) - The Cultural Meaning of the Ghetto in Jewish History.
8th Emil Fackenheim Lecture:
Professor Dr. Hanna Liss (Heidelberg) - Hebraica Veritas? Herausforderungen an eine jüdische Bibelwissenschaft heute (Today‘s Challenges for Jewish Exegesis)