The Jewish Review of Books had its 2nd annual conference on Sunday, November 6 at the elegant and edifying Yeshiva University Museum. It was a day of great conversations between readers and writers, including Eliot Cohen, Moshe Halbertal, Shai Held, Dara Horn, Meir Soloveichik, Bret Stephens, Joseph H.H. Weiler, Leon Wieseltier, and Ruth R. Wisse.
JRB subscribers and registered site users can now watch highlights from the day. (To access the videos, you must be registered and logged into the website. Register and log-in here: jewishreviewofbooks.com/user/register)
- A witty, insightful, and personal conversation on “The Soul of American Jewry” between cultural critic and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Leon Wieseltier, with JRB’s very own editor, Abe Socher.
- An important panel discussion on the profound theological question, “Does God Love the Jews?” between Shai Held, rosh yeshiva at Mechon Hadar, and Meir Soloveichik, rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel.
- A deep, humorous, and unscripted discussion on the question, “Should Jewish Literature Be Depressing?” between senior fellow at The Tikvah Fund Ruth R. Wisse and award-winning novelist Dara Horn.
- A captivating talk on “David Ben-Gurion in War and Peace” with Eliot Cohen, Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkin University.
We hope to see you at the Jewish Review of Books’ 3rd Annual Conference in New York City, October 2017.
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