Conference Proceeding: The Holy Mysticat: Pairing Whimsy with Scholarship

Rabbi Rachel Adler PhD, Ellenson Professor of Jewish Religious Thought, Professor of Modern Jewish Thought at the HUC-JIR/Los Angeles, whose Engendering Judaism (1999) earned her the distinction of being the first female theologian to win the National Jewish Book Award in Jewish Thought, has a new book coming out. Tales of the Holy Mysticat (2019, Banot Press) began as a series of Facebook posts about Adler’s cat, intended as a creative way to share additional teachings with her students outside of the classroom. These posts garnered a following. Maggie Anton offered to publish Tales of the Holy Mysticat with her independent press, Banot Books (the original publisher of Rashi’s Daughters). Judaic books editor Rabbi Beth Lieberman is serving as editor on the project.

Rachel, Maggie, and Rabbi Lieberman will speak as a team about how this process unfolded – the author’s vision for teaching Jewish texts, thought, and theology; the editor’s techniques of pairing the author’s whimsy with her scholarship; and the publisher’s strategies for bringing this out into the world. It is worth noting, of course, that all three individuals share a love of cats.

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