World Premiere Tele-Webseries Features JTS Scholar and JTS Alumnus

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September 11, 2008, New York, NY

Dr. Neil Gillman, the Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy at The Jewish Theological Seminary, and Dr. Reuven Kimelman, a professor of Classical Judaica at Brandeis University who was ordained at JTS, will teach three interactive, live sessions on the “What, How and Why of The Binding of Isaac (the Akedah).”

The ninety minute programs will take place at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and 10:00 a.m. (PST) on Monday, September 15; Wednesday, September 17; and Wednesday, September 24. The series, offered by Our Learning Company, LLC, can be accessed via telephone or the Internet.

In what is often called one of the most challenging biblical stories, Drs. Gillman and Kimelman will bring two complementary treatments of this remarkable story. In the first session, Dr. Gillman will bring a historical, theological, and cultural perspective. In the second, Dr. Kimelman will bring a literary perspective. In the final session, both scholars will engage the audience in a dialogue on the significance of this story in modern times.

Dr. Gillman, a native of Canada, graduated from McGill University in 1954, was ordained at JTS in 1960, and received his PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University in 1975. He is the author of several books and essays, including Sacred Fragments: Recovering Theology for the Modern Jew (winner of the 1991 National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought); Conservative Judaism: A New Century; The Way Into Encountering God in Judaism; The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought; Traces of God: Seeing God in Torah, History, and Everyday Life, and the forthcoming Doing Jewish Theology (Jewish Lights).

Previously the Joseph Shier Distinguished Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto and Five College Professor of Judaic Studies at Amherst College, Dr. Kimelman has taught at numerous other educational institutions, including Mt. Holyoke, Smith, and JTS. Widely published in journals of scholarly and popular interest on Bible, history, ethics, liturgy, and current affairs, he is the author of the Hebrew work The Mystical Meaning of Lekhah Dodi and Kabbalat Shabbat (Magnes Press) and the forthcoming The Rhetoric of Jewish Prayer: A Literary and Historical Commentary on the Prayerbook, (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization). Dr. Kimelman received his PhD in Religious Studies from Yale University.

The tuition is $67, which includes a study guide with the dramatized English translation of the text; the full chapter titled "Teaching the Akedah" from Dr. Gillman’s forthcoming book; lifetime access to the recordings of the entire tele-webseries, both as a streamed audio as well as a downloadable MP3 files; and a free subscription to Reuven Kimelman's audio blog on topics related to “The Moral Meaning of the Bible.” Further information and registration is available by calling (617) 731-3132 or by visiting