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'Law and Ethics in Biblical, Talmudic, and Later Rabbinic Tradition: Tensions and Opportunities'

Release date: April 30, 2012

Rabbi Eugene Korn, the American director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel, will give the seventh annual Myra Berman Kurtz '66 Seminar presentation at Goucher College on Monday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Batza Room of the Athenaeum.

His seminar, titled "Law and Ethics in Biblical, Talmudic, and Later Rabbinic Tradition: Tensions and Opportunities," will examine the relationship of Jewish law (halakhah) and ethics in Jewish thought, as well as outline some ethical challenges that contemporary culture poses to Jewish law and tradition.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance at www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333.

Korn is the American director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel, where he co-directs the center's Institute for Theological Inquiry and is the editor of the online journal Meorot-A Forum for Modern Orthodox Discourse.

He is a scholar and teacher of Jewish ethics, theology, and Jewish-Christian relations, with specific interest in the relationship between Jewish law and ethics, and Jewish theology regarding other religions. Korn teaches medieval Jewish thought and ethics for the Jewish Theological Seminary's Context adult Jewish learning program, and he is a senior research fellow at Beit Morasha of Jerusalem in its Institute for Religion and Society.

He has taught at Columbia, Yeshiva, and Seton Hall universities, and he was the national director of interfaith affairs at the Anti-Defamation League and director of leadership education at the Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem.

Korn is doing research for a book on the significance of Tselem Elokim (Image of God) in Jewish tradition and has recently finished editing Covenant and Hope: New Frontiers in Jewish and Christian Theology (July 2012) and Jewish Theology and World Religions (April 2012). He contributed the chapter on American Jewish interfaith relations for The Future of Judaism in America, part of Columbia University's series on religion in America. He is the author of the popular book The Jewish Connection to the Land of Israel-A Brief Introduction for Christians, and he co-edited End of an Exile: Israel, The Jews and the Gentile World by James Parkes and Two Faiths, One Covenant?: Jewish and Christian Identity in the Presence of the Other.

Korn has published more than 40 scholarly essays on Jewish ethics and law, Jewish theology, and religious extremism. He also writes book reviews on theological works and op-ed essays that have appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Jerusalem Post, America magazine, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, The Jewish Week, The New Jersey Jewish News, and The Bergen Standard.

Korn lectures widely on Jewish thought, Israel and interfaith relations. He lived in Israel from 1992 to 1996, and he is fluent in Hebrew and has extensive knowledge of Israeli culture and society. He earned a doctorate in moral philosophy from Columbia University and was ordained by the Israeli Rabbinate.

The Kurtz Seminar series was endowed by the late Myra Berman Kurtz '66 and her husband, Dr. Stuart Kurtz, to present speakers at Goucher College who will inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in a variety of fields. The programs are presented under the auspices of the Roxana Cannon Arsht '35 Center for Ethics and Leadership.

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