Rabbi Jonathan Crane of Emory University in Atlanta will discuss “Just Enough: Jewish Ruminations on Food, Faith and Fairness” at a 7:30 p.m. lecture Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the 3M Auditorium of Owens Science Hall on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Rabbi Jonathan Crane

Rabbi Jonathan Crane

The lecture is sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and is free and open to the public.

“Eating is necessary for human existence, yet it is often unclear how much we should eat of what, when or why,” said Crane. “By exploring classical and contemporary Jewish thought on eating too little, too much, and just enough, I hope to show how satisfying hunger is not merely a culinary feat, but also a theological issue and a matter of justice.”

Crane is the Scholar of Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory’s Center for Ethics. His degrees include a 1997 master’s in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame and a 2009 doctorate in religion from the University of Toronto.

He has served Jewish communities in China, India and North America and he has taught around the world about Judaism, interfaith relations, Gandhian philosophy and a variety of ethical issues. His most recent publication is “Open-Source Covenant” in Jewish Theology in Our Time, edited by Elliot Cosgrove (Jewish Lights, 2010).

Crane will serve as the Jay Phillips Center’s rabbi-in-residence from Nov. 15 to 18 at both St. Thomas and St. John’s University in Collegeville. The two universities co-sponsor the center, whose mission is to promote interfaith learning and friendship among people of various religions. Information about the center can be found on its website.