The Heart of the Mat­ter: Two Rab­bis Dis­cuss Love in the Jew­ish Tradition 

Thursday, May 16, 2024


Join Rab­bi Sharon Brous and Rab­bi Shai Held in a vir­tu­al dis­cus­sion about love as the core of the Jew­ish tra­di­tion: how to show up for each oth­er in times of joy and strug­gle, and how we can use Judaism as a lens to help us approach life’s great mat­ters — injus­tice, protest, fam­i­ly life, self­hood, and respon­si­bil­i­ties to our fam­i­lies, friends, neigh­bors, strangers, and ene­mies. Mod­er­at­ed by Stephanie But­nick, host of Tablets Unortho­dox podcast.

To pur­chase a copy of Sharon Brous’ The Amen Effect: Ancient Wis­dom to Mend our Bro­ken Hearts and World, or Shai Held’s Judaism is About Love: Recov­er­ing the Heart of Jew­ish Life, please click here or here!

About the Speakers:

Rab­bi Sharon Brous is the author of The Amen Effect: Ancient Wis­dom to Mend Our Bro­ken Hearts and World. She is the found­ing and senior rab­bi of IKAR, a trail-blaz­ing Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty based in Los Ange­les. A lead­ing voice at the inter­sec­tion of faith and jus­tice in Amer­i­ca, she has been named #1 Most Influ­en­tial Rab­bi in the U.S. by Newsweek/​The Dai­ly Beast. She blessed both Pres­i­dent Oba­ma and Pres­i­dent Biden at their Nation­al Inau­gur­al Prayer Ser­vices, and her TED Talk Reclaim­ing Reli­gion” has been viewed 1.5 mil­lion times. Brous’s work has been fea­tured in the New York TimesLos Ange­les Times and Wash­ing­ton Post. She lives with her hus­band, David Light, and their chil­dren in California.

Rab­bi Shai Held — the­olo­gian, edu­ca­tor, author — is Pres­i­dent, Dean, and Chair in Jew­ish Thought at the Hadar Insti­tute in New York City. He is the author of Abra­ham Joshua Hes­chel: The Call of Tran­scen­dence and The Heart of Torah, a col­lec­tion of essays on the Torah in two vol­umes. He lives in White Plains, NY.

Stephanie But­nick is deputy edi­tor of Tablet Mag­a­zine and a host of the Unortho­dox pod­cast. She is the author, along with her co-hosts, of The Newish Jew­ish Ency­clo­pe­dia: From Abra­ham to Zabar’s and Every­thing in Between. She has writ­ten for The New York Times and The Wall Street Jour­nal.

This event is in part­ner­ship with Jew­ish Book Coun­cil, The Jew­ish Muse­um, and Tablet Mag­a­zine.