"What’s Jewish about Jewish Political Thought?" with President Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D. - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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"What’s Jewish about Jewish Political Thought?" with President Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D.

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Join us on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET with Andrew Rehfeld, Ph.D., President of HUC-JIR and Professor of Political Thought, for a conversation about Judaism and politics. We begin by noting a seeming inconsistency within Reform Judaism: if Jewish thought is open to conflicting interpretations, and as Reform Jews we accept that individuals are the ultimate arbiters of moral meaning of our tradition, how do we make sense of others who claim to know what a “Jewish” position is on any particular policy or issue is, be it gun control or foreign policy?  But if we deny the existence of any explicitly “Jewish” position about a policy or politics more generally, how do we account for the very real and important phenomenon of an identifiable “prophetic-tradition” within Judaism that demands justice in our world?  In this session, we will look at the theoretical issues behind these questions and ask, what exactly is Jewish Political Thought? 

Zoom information provided upon registration. 

If you have any questions, please contact Liza Sacks at lsacks@huc.edu.

 

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