Shabbat HaGadol (the Shabbat preceding Pesach) “Prophet, Priest, and Sage: Leadership roles in the Bible and the Passover Haggadah.” The talk, led by Dan Breslauer, will consider which type the Book of Malachi (and the figure of Elijah) illustrates and will then examine some passages in the Haggadah and traditions about Passover that exemplify these types.
Habonim member S. Daniel Breslauer (Dan), is emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Dan received an undergraduate B.A. in Near Eastern Languages from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963 and graduate degrees from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and Brandeis University from which he received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies in 1974. He was also granted ordination as a Reform Rabbi at HUC-JIR, and previously taught at Colgate University, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and at Princeton University. While at the University of Kansas he taught the introductory courses to the Bible (REL 124/125: Understanding the Bible, REL 311: The Hebrew Bible) and to Western Religious Thought (REL 107: Living Religions of the West) as well as upper division courses in Hebrew Bible, Judaica, and Islam.
Dan retired from KU in 2010 but continues to be active in research and publication. His recent books include:
- The Charismatic Spirituality of Abraham Joshua Heschel: Mystical Teachings of an American Rabbi (Edwin Mellen Press, Lewiston, NY, 2011
- Decoding Religion in the Bible: Learning to Recognize the Diversity of Biblical Texts (Sloan Publishing Company, August 2006)
- Understanding Judaism Through History (Wadsworth, 2002)
- Creating a Judaism Without Religion: A Postmodern Jewish Possibility (University Press of America, 2001)
He is currently at work on Martin Buber's Myth of Zion.