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Yehudah Mirsky

Yehudah Mirsky, a former State Department official, is associate professor of the Practice of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. His new book, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press), is forthcoming in early 2014. 

Fathers & Sons

Fathers & Sons

Yehudah Mirsky

This summer, as the current Askhenazi chief rabbi was being investigated for corruption, and issues of religion and state dominated public debate, new Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis were elected. The process was messy, complicated, and ugly. The result? Sixty-eight votes apiece for the sons of two previous chief rabbis. What does a broken rabbinate mean for Israel?