Rabbi Brill specializes in Interfaith theology, Jewish mysticism, modern Jewish thought, and contemporary Orthodoxy.
Dr. Alan Brill is the Cooperman/Ross Endowed Chair for Jewish-Christian Studies at Seton Hall University, where he teaches Jewish studies in the Department of Religion and the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. He specializes in interfaith theology, Jewish mysticism, modern Jewish thought and contemporary Jewish Orthodoxy and offers courses in medieval and modern Jewish thought, Jewish mysticism, interfaith encounter and Jewish theology. Dr. Brill is also the author of Judaism and World Religions (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), Judaism and Other Religions: Models of Understanding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and Thinking God: The Mysticism of Rabbi Zadok of Lublin (Yeshiva University Press, 2002).
Dr. Brill received his B.A., M.A. and Ordination from Yeshiva University and his Ph.D. from the Department of Theology at Fordham University. He was selected to deliver the 2008 Gannon Lecture at Fordham University and was the invited Jewish speaker representing Hebrew College at the Boston Theological Institute in 2011. He has also authored many articles on the interface of traditional Jewish thinkers with philosophy and the surrounding culture.
In 2014 Dr. Brill won a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for research and teaching at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in India. During his award, he taught two graduate-level courses in India. Dr. Brill was also awarded a Dorset Visiting Fellowship for two extended stays at Yarnton Manor at Oxford University, UK.
Currently Dr. Brill is working on a monograph comparing Judaism and Hinduism, tentatively entitled, "A Rabbi on the Ganges: A Jewish-Hindu Encounter." One can read about his project here. Dr. Brill is also working on a full length study of the history of the ideologies of Modern Orthodox Judaism from 1800-2000. This study explores the differences among Orthodox groups entering modernity and assesses the wide variety of possible interactions between modernity and traditional religion. Dr. Brill situates this investigation within the broader question of "What is 'Modern' about Modern Orthodoxy?" By comparing the trajectory of Jewish Orthodoxy over the last two hundred years with that of Catholicism and Protestantism, in its many varieties, Dr. Brill will attempt to identify multiple modernities and reflect upon their implications.
- Ph.D., Fordham University
- Ordination, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University
- B.A., Yeshiva College