An Authentic Jewish Voice for Democracy: The 49-49 Rule from Midrash on Psalm 12

We will study Psalm 12 which laments the “truthiness” and duplicity of humanity and a midrash which turns it around to honor people and honor democracy. That midrashic turn by our rabbinic tradition gives hope. We will take this learning to look soberly at Israel’s fragile democracy and the growing numbers who are heirs to Jabotinsky. We will read selections of his testimony to the Peel Commission in 1937 and reflect on their implications today. Turning to America, we will reflect on America’s fragile democracy to focus with hope on the heirs of liberal democracy in “American Values, Religious Voices”, letters in response to Trump’s Presidential runs in 2016 and 2020.

Faculty: Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker, Mount Zion

This session is part of Judaism In Partnership With Democracy, Hineni’s 2024 Summertime Learning Series.


August 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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St.Paul, MN 55105 United States
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