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No. 29: Praying for the Welfare of This Government

Rabbis Sharon Brous and Elie Kaunfer join Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the question of praying for the healing of the President.
Yehuda Kurtzer, Sharon Brous, Elie Kaunfer
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda led the creation of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in 2010 as a pioneering research and educational center for the leadership of the North American Jewish community, and teaches in

Sharon Brous

Elie Kaunfer

In episode #29 of Identity/Crisis, Yehuda Kurtzer talks with Rabbi Sharon Brous (IKAR) and Rabbi Elie Kaunfer (Hadar) about whether and how one should pray for the welfare of a government and president to which one is opposed.

Mentioned in the episode:

Jewish Prayers for the United States Government: A Study in the Liturgy of Politics and the Politics of Liturgy by Jonathan Sarna

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Launched in early 2020, Identity/Crisis is the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America’s weekly roundtable podcast that explores the ideas behind the news.

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