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Saturday, February 14 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
The Rabbinic Narrative of Pacifism and Its Modern Critics

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This session will offer a political theory for rabbinic Judaism—namely, that the rabbis used narrative, law, interpretation, and their own myth of origin to not only opt out of history but also to make a strong statement against sovereignty and its trappings of military force and the use of power. We will then reckon with the consequences of being the inheritors of this literature, as well as its implications for modern Zionism.


Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is the president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing its educational initiatives for Jewish communal leaders. He taught at Brandeis as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation. His book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past offers new thinking on sustaining a meaningful Jewish identity in the face of modernity's challenges. He lives in Riverdale, NY with his wife Stephanie Ives, their two sons... Read More →

Saturday February 14, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm

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