Professor Yehudah Mirsky on the 2016 Election and the Trials of the American Religion

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(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Mishkan Tefila – Hebrew College Educational Series 2016 Presents:

Who by Fire: The 2016 Election & the Trials of the American Religion

Yehudah Mirsky, PhD
Associate Professor of the Practice of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies at Brandeis University
October 22 at Mishkan Tefila
384 Harvard St., Brookline following morning Shabbat services

This election has unexpectedly brought to the surface deep currents of argument and discontent, with the last decades of American politics and indeed with long-held liberal assumptions both at home and abroad.  This in turn forces a reexamination not only of the role of religious groups and ideas in politics, but of the first principles guiding our public life.  The present historical moment demands of us to do some new, hard thinking together.

Yehudah Mirsky studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva College and received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review, and completed his PhD in religion at Harvard. He worked in Washington as an aide to then-senators Bob Kerrey and Al Gore, at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and served in the Clinton Administration as special advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Human Rights Bureau. From 2002-2012 he lived in Israel and was a fellow at the Van Leer Institute and Jewish People Policy Institute. He has written widely on politics, theology and culture for a number of publications including The New York Times, The New Republic and The Economist, and he is on the editorial board of Eretz Acheret. After the attacks of September 11, he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross. He is a member of the board of Ha-Tenuah Ya-Yerushalmit, the movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed volume, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press).

This program is part of a Hebrew College-Congregation Mishkan Tefila educational series. This partnership reflects Hebrew College’s commitment to serve the community with educational opportunities beyond our campus.

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