Tales of the Holy Mysticat

By :  The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Nov 12, 2020 | Author Conversations: Between the Lines

A discussion with Rabbi Rachel Adler

This engaging book is a guide to Jewish literacy, using the behavior of Rabbi Rachel Adler’s most peculiar cat to lead readers on a journey through thousands of years of Jewish thought, history, and practices.

In Tales of the Holy Mysticat, Rabbi Adler, a professor of Modern Jewish Thought and one of our generation’s most profoundly creative scholars, uses a collection of whimsical stories, interspersed with cleverly drawn black-and-white illustrations, to provide unique insights into Jewish mysticism. And it’s all portrayed through the life of her cat. In this online conversation, Rabbi Adler discusses how, just as the Holy Mysticat became Adler’s teacher, so too can the Holy Mysticat teach us all.

This event was sponsored by The JTS Library. Dr. David Kraemer, Joseph J. and Dora Abbell Librarian and professor of Talmud and Rabbinics, JTS, served as moderator.

About Rabbi Rachel Adler

Rabbi Rachel Adler is the David Ellenson Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion Los Angeles Campus. She was a pioneer in integrating feminist perspectives into interpreting Jewish texts and law. Her book Engendering Judaism (1998) is the first by a female theologian to win a National Jewish Book Award for Jewish Thought. Rabbi Adler has a PhD in Religion and Social Ethics from University of Southern California, rabbinical ordination from Hebrew Union College in 2012, an MA in English Literature from Northwestern University, and an MSW from University of Minnesota.