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Naomi Seidman is a former Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Chancellor Jackman Professor of the Arts in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow. Her publications include Faithful Renderings: Jewish—Christian Difference and the Politics of Difference (Chicago, 2006), The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature (Stanford, 2016), and Sarah Schenirer and the Bais Yaakov Movement: A Revolution in the Name of Tradition (Littman, 2019), which won a National Jewish Book Award in Women’s Studies. She is presently working on a study of Freud in Hebrew and Yiddish translation.

Feb 24, 2024

The most ascendant religious Zionist philosophy today can be characterized as ultranationalist and theocratic in a non-pluralistic way. In this seminar, we excavate alternative religious Zionist approaches from the past and use them to shape a religious theology that can embrace democracy and shared society with other Jews and with non-Jewish citizens as well.

Naomi Seidman


Apr 11, 2023

Naomi Seidman, Abigail Pogrebin

Naomi Seidman joins host Abigail Pogrebin to discuss her new podcast that explores how those who have left Orthodox communities see themselves.

Nov 21, 2022

Naomi Seidman, Ellin Bessner

A sizeable number of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews have left that community.

Mar 15, 2022

And other adventures in American Jewish apocalypse

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics