Yehudah Mirsky

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Spring 2023


Yehudah Mirsky

Brandeis University

Gerard Weinstock Visiting Professor of Jewish Studies
Harvard Divinity School, Center for the Study of World Religions

Yehudah Mirsky is Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and is on the faculty of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.  He teaches courses in Jewish Thought (medieval and modern), history of Zionism and the State of Israel, and the history of Political Thought.

He served in the US State Department’s human rights bureau, and has written on religion, politics and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, New Republic, The Economist and many other publications.  An ordained rabbi, he was chaplain with the Red Cross after 9-11.

His Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale, 2014) was awarded the Jewish Book Council’s Choice Prize. It appeared in 2021 in a revised Hebrew edition as Rav Kook: Mabat Hadash(Kinneret) and was named by Ha-Aretz as one of the 50 best books of 2021. This last year also saw the publication of his Towards the Mystical Experience of Modernity: The Making of Rav Kook, 1865-1904 (Academic Studies Press). His current project involves the relationships between liberal politics, theology and nationalism in the mid-20th century. He lives in Jerusalem with his family.

Ph.D. Harvard University, Committee on the Study of Religion
B.A. Yeshiva College
J.D. Yale Law School