We have set out to create a space where there can be a Jewish conversation free of denominational constraints and imbued with a deep love and knowledge of Jewish learning, teaching and debate. We want to hear many voices, including yours.
We have been particularly inspired by the teachings of the late, venerated Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, who believed in “the never-ending Quest for truth in religion”. Hence our name, Jewish Quest.
We want this to be a place of discovery, of debate, of conversation, of learning, somewhere we can all find a new and deeper engagement with Jewish ideas. We hope you will be part of that conversation.
Prof. Rav Rachel Adelman is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Boston’s Hebrew College. She holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is the author of The Return of the Repressed: Pirqe de-Rabbi Eliezer and the Pseudepigrapha (Brill 2009) and The Female Ruse: Women’s Deception and Divine Sanction in the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield Phoenix, 2015). Prof Adelman is now working on a new book, Daughters in Danger from the Hebrew Bible to Modern Midrash (forthcoming, Sheffield Phoenix Press).
Simon Eder is Editorial Director of Jewish Quest. He writes regularly for the site on contemporary moral issues and areas of theology. He also hosts the weekly podcast, Between the Lines, where he explores the weekly parsha with leading thinkers from around the world.
Miriam Feldmann Kaye is a lecturer in Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University, and Associate Professor at Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. Her publications include her book Jewish Theology for a Postmodern Age, published by Liverpool University Press in association with the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, in 2019.
Samuel Lebens is associate Professor in the philosophy department at the University of Haifa, he is also an Orthodox Rabbi and Jewish educator. His first book was a study of Bertrand Russell’s evolving theories about the nature of meaning. His second book is a study in the analytic philosophy of Judaism. Sam’s academic interests span the philosophy of religion, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. He is also the co-founder and served as the founding chair of the Association for the Philosophy of Judaism.
As a Rabbi and Jewish educator, Sam regularly teaches at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. Sam is also adjunct faculty at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies and has been a scholar in residence for numerous communities around the world.