Professor Menachem Kellner
2010 Graduate Summer Seminar: Justice in Jewish Tradition
Menachem Kellner (University of Haifa) is a professor of Jewish Thought at the University of Haifa, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Philosophy, Political Theory and Religion at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, was born in Albany, New York, in 1946 and came to Israel with his family in 1980. He earned his Ph.D. from Washington University in St Louis with a dissertation on "Civil Disobedience in Democracy: A Philosophical Justification" in 1973. He also studied at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, IL and at Yeshivat Merkaz Ha-Rav Kook in Jerusalem in the early 60's, as well as at the Hebrew University (1964-65 and 1969-70) and at New York University (1966-67). Kellner has served as Chair of the University of Haifa's Department of Maritime Civilizations(1988-91), and as Dean of Students (1994-97). From 1990-2005 Kellner held the Sir Isaac and Lady Edith Wolfson Chair of Jewish Religious Thought at the University of Haifa. He has been visiting Professor at the Sorbonne and at Northwestern University. Menachem Kellner has published seventeen books and close to one hundred articles in the areas of medieval Jewish philosophy and modern Jewish thought. Two of his recent books, Must a Jew Believe Anything? and Maimonides' Confrontation With Mysticism, both published by the Littman Library of Jewish Civilization (Oxford), were finalists for the National Jewish Book Award. Two of his translations of classic texts have appeared in the Yale Judaica Series.