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Rabbi Arthur Green

Green is professor emeritus at Brandeis University, where he occupied the distinguished Philip W. Lown Professorship of Jewish Thought.

Educated at Brandeis and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America where he received rabbinic ordination, Green studied with such important teachers as Alexander Altmann, Nahum N. Glatzer, and Abraham Joshua Heschel, of blessed memory. He has taught Jewish mysticism, Hasidism, and theology to several generations of students at the University of Pennsylvania, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (where he served as dean and president), Brandeis, and now at Hebrew College. He has taught and lectured widely throughout the Jewish community of North America as well as in Israel, where he visits frequently. He was the founder of Havurat Shalom in Somerville, Massachusetts, and remains a leading independent figure in the Jewish renewal movement.

Green is author of over a dozen books. Among his scholarly works are Tormented Master: A Life of Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav and Keter: The Crown of God in Early Jewish Mysticism. In 2015, he published The Heart of the Matter. His most recent books are Radical Judaism; Speaking Torah: Spiritual Teachings from around the Maggid’s Table; and Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers.


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