Jody Myers

Jody Myers, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, Religious Studies, California State University, Northridge

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Research Interest

Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish FoodSeeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings of Tsevi Hirsch KalischerKabbalah and the Spiritual QuestJody Myers’s research has focused on the transformation of traditional Judaism in the modern era. She has written extensively on the messianic idea and religious Zionism, including the book Seeking Zion: Modernity and Messianic Activism in the Writings of Tsevi Hirsch Kalischer (2003). Her other area of research is on contemporary religious expression during the last third of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. This includes studies of women’s writings on the mikveh, midrash, and ritual innovations; and contemporary Kabbalah, and on this theme she wrote the volume Kabbalah and the Spiritual Quest: The Kabbalah Centre in America (2007). She has written numerous articles in academic journals and collective volumes. A complete list of publications is in her CV. She has recently co-edited a volume, Feasting and Fasting: The History and Ethics of Jewish Food (2019).

Current Research

She is working on a book, Eating at God’s Table: How Foodways Sustain and Nourish Orthodox Jewish Religious Life. This is an exploration of foodways and community among American Orthodox Jews, using the diverse communities in the western L.A. neighborhood of Pico-Robertson as a case study.

Former Organizer and Co-director, CSUN student summer trips to Eastern Europe

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