Season 2 Premiere! We The People (of the book) - The Tanakh in America with Guest Host Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern

February 17, 2021 00:59:15
The Koren Podcast
Season 2 Premiere! We The People (of the book) - The Tanakh in America with Guest Host Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern

Show Notes

We're back for season 2 of The Koren Podcast and what an episode we have in store!

Although the First Amendment prohibits the state adoption of a single religion, the Tanakh, the Hebrew Bible, has been a core influence on the American people, Republic, and society ever since Christopher Columbus set sail across the ocean.

This week we are joined by a special guest host, Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern, Senior Advisor to the Provost and Senior Program Officer of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. Stu took on the task of educating our British native hosts, Aryeh Grossman and Alex Drucker, about how the ways in which the Tanakh has played such a key role in shaping America and Americans, both Jew and gentile.

We hear contributions from former US Deputy Secretary of HHS, Dr. Tevi Troy, acclaimed novelist and historian Dr. Dara Horn, educator Dr. Shaina Trapedo, and grandson of the late Rabbi Norman Lamm, Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm, about how Megillat Esther served as a touchstone for his grandfather and reflects the American Jewish experience.

Useful Links:
Rabbi Halpern's latest book Esther in America
In conversation with Dr. Erica Brown about Esther in America and Esther: Power, Fate, and Fragility in Exile
God at the Inauguration published in the Wall Street Journal by Rabbi Dr. Stu Halpern and Dr. Tevi Troy.
The Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought have partnered with Maggid Books and Koren Publishers on several titles and other projects including exciting video series which can be found here.
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The Koren Podcast is written and produced by Aryeh Grossman and Alex Drucker and is edited by Alex Drucker. The Koren Podcast is part of the Koren Podcast Network, a division of Koren Publishers Jerusalem.

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