Presented by Yehudah Mirsky

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Yehudah Mirsky will elucidate the life and teachings of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine.

Yehu­dah Mirsky is Pro­fes­sor of Near East­ern and Juda­ic stud­ies at Bran­deis University. He stud­ied at Yeshi­v­at Har Etzion and Yeshi­va Col­lege and received rab­binic ordi­na­tion in Jerusalem. He grad­u­at­ed from Yale Law School, where he was an edi­tor of the law review, and com­plet­ed his Ph.D. in Reli­gion at Har­vard. Mirsky served in the Unit­ed States State Depart­men­t’s human rights bureau in the Clin­ton Admin­is­tra­tion, and was a Red Cross chap­lain fol­low­ing the events of 9/11. He is the author of Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press) and Toward the Mystical Experience of Modernity (Academic Studies Press).

This program is made possible, in part, by Anne Germanacos.

To purchase a copy of Yehuda Mirsky’s newest book Towards the Mystical Experience of Modernity: The Making of Rav Kook, 1865–1904 from Afikomen Judaica, click here. To purchase a copy of Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution, click here.