A native Montrealer, raised in Outremont, Rabbi Dr. Nadler originally came to Beth-El as interim rabbi while on Sabbatical from Drew University in March 2012. Since then, he has taken a two year leave from Drew to become Beth-El’s full-time rabbi.
A Professor of Comparative Religion and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies, Rabbi Dr. Nadler has been on the Drew faculty since 1998. Prior to his appointment at Drew, Rabbi Dr. Nadler was, for seven years, the Director of Research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City, and Dean of YIVO’s Graduate Training Program, the Max Weinreich Center for Advanced Jewish Studies. From 1991-94 Rabbi Dr. Nadler was Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. In 1994-95 he served as Adjunct Professor at the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University. In 1998 he was the Ezra Sensibar Visiting Professor at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies in Chicago. In both 2005 and 2012, during sabbatical from Drew, Rabbi Dr. Nadler was Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies at McGill University in Montreal, where he had previously been a faculty member from 1982-1990, while serving as Rabbi of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim.
Rabbi Dr. Nadler’s more than two hundred articles, reviews and essays have appeared in numerous scholarly and popular journals and newspapers such as Commentary, The New Republic, The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Judaism, The Jewish Review of Books, Mosaic, Jewish Ideas Daily, Tablet Magazine, Tradition, Modern Judaism, The New York Times, Newsday, Forward, The Jewish Week, and The Baltimore Jewish Times.
Rabbi Dr. Nadler is the author of: Faith of the Mithnagdim: Rabbinic Responses to Hasidic Rapture (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), The Hasidim in America (American Jewish Committee Monograph, 1995), and the forthcoming: The Heretic as Hero: Spinoza in the Modern Jewish Imagination. A collection of his articles, “Rabbis, Rebbes & Rebels: Polemics of Jewish Intellectual History in the Early Modern Period” is planned for publication in 2011, by Oxford. Rabbi Dr. Nadler is currently working on a new book, to be published by Princeton University Press about the history of heretics, their books and their excommunications, from Uriel D’Acosta and Spinoza to Rav Kook and Mordecai Kaplan.
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