Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST
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What explains the secret of Jewish immortality, Mark Twain once asked? For millennia, the Jewish people have been a living witness to the biblical vision of God, morality, and the mystery of life. Egypt, Assyria, Rome—the greatest empires in human history sought to control or extinguish the Jews. And yet these empires are gone—and the Jewish people endures. How, and why? What is the religious meaning of Jewish history? How do we explain and understand the miracle of Jewish survival—including the restoration of Israel as a modern nation in the Jewish people’s ancient homeland? In this conversation, we will explore these great theological and historical questions with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik—one of America’s leading religious voices, minister of the oldest Jewish congregation in America, ambassador for Jewish faith to religious leaders around the world. He will engage in conversation with Eric Cohen, executive director of the Tikvah Fund, one of America’s preeminent Jewish think-tanks and educational institutions. Many of the most meaningful artifacts of Jewish history are in the Museum of the Bible, and a new video series—filmed in the museum—brings this story to life. We will explore it all. Join the conversation.
About Our Speakers
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, the oldest Jewish community in the United States, founded in 1654. He is also director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured internationally to Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to faith in America, the Hebraic roots of the American founding, Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Mosaic, the Jewish Review of Books, Commentary, First Things, Azure, Tradition, and the Torah U-Madda Journal. Rabbi Soloveichik is a descendent of one of the great dynasties of Orthodox Judaism. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University, received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and studied at its Beren Kollel Elyon. He has also studied at Yale Divinity School, and in 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University.
Eric Cohen has been the Executive Director of the Tikvah Fund since 2007. He was the founder and remains editor-at-large of the New Atlantis, serves as the publisher of the Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, the Witherspoon Institute, and National Affairs and on the Editorial Advisory Board of First Things. Mr. Cohen has published in numerous academic and popular journals, magazines, and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Mosaic, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, First Things, and numerous others. He is the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in the Age of Technology (2008) and co-editor of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (2002). He was previously managing editor of the Public Interest and served as a senior consultant to the President’s Council on Bioethics.