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L.I.F.E. Lecture - How Judaism Became an American Religion with Steven Weisman

Sunday, February 21, 2021 9 Adar 5781

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

From their first arrival on American shores in 1654, Jews embarked on a journey that reinvented many of their basic practices, beliefs and doctrines. The result over time was a distinctly American Judaism, driven by practical necessities of assimilating, an embrace of Enlightenment beliefs not compatible with a literal view of the Bible and the Talmud, and finally a desire to establish themselves as full-fledged Americans equal to adherents of other religions. The story of this evolution is one of conflict, continuity, adaptation and disputes—and of a parade of brilliant, brave and charismatic personalities.

Steven R. Weisman, vice president for publications and communications at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, previously served as a correspondent, editor, and editorial board member at The New York Times. His book, The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson — How the Income Tax Transformed America (Simon & Schuster, 2002), received the Hillman Prize in 2003. He was editor of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary (PublicAffairs), named by the Times as one of the best books of 2010. His book The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization, was published by the Peterson Institute in 2016. The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion (Simon & Schuster) was published in 2018.

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