Visiting Shabbat Scholar: Professor Yehudah Mirsky

  • Beginning November 14th, Ending November 15th

    Guest_Scholar - Daily


    Please join us as we welcome Professor Yehudah Mirsky as our visiting Shabbat scholar. On Saturday, November 15, Professor Mirsky will give the Dvar Torah following Shacharit on "The Ceaseless Prayer of the Soul: Rav Kook in his Times and Ours." After the communal lunch, he will give a class on "When Heaven and Earth Collide: Politics and Religion in Israel Today." He will also speak during Seuda Shlishit on "Faith in Complexity: The Life and Teachings of Rav Amital." For more information about Professor Mirsky, please see below.

    Yehuda Mirsky is associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva College and was ordained in Jerusalem. At Yale Law School, 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, and the the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and served in the Clinton Administration as special advisor in the US State Department's human rights bureau. After the attacks of September 11, he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross. 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 Republic and The Economist, and he is on the editorial board of Eretz Acheret, an Israeli bimonthly of politics and culture, and a member of the board of Ha-Tenuah Ya-Yerushalmit, a grassroots movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem. He is the author of the recently published Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press).

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