The Elliot Cosgrove Interview Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, who received his ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, is currently rabbi of the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York. He also holds a doctorate in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago. Rabbi Cosgrove asks Rabbi Jacobs about the formative influences on his thinking and the trajectory of his intellectual career as well as on the current state and future challenges of Jewry. Talking about the formative stages of his intellectual development, Rabbi Jacobs mentions two distinct influences: that of yeshiva learning, mainly Gemara and mussar, and that of secular studies at university, especially his teacher Siegfried Stein and philosopher Dr Altmann. Stressing the importance of intellectual honesty without losing one’s spiritual connectedness, Rabbi Jacobs also talks about how he reconciles the different priorities in his work as a pulpit rabbi and his scholarly writing. The same DVD contains a short interview with Rabbi Jacobs about the history and architecture of the New London Synagogue.
|Author||Louis Jacobs interviewed by Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove|