The Necessity of Exile: A Discussion with Shaul Magid and Rabbi Cat Zavis

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The Necessity of Exile: Essays from a Distance

Thank you for your interest in our event with rabbi and author Shaul Magid. Rabbi Cat Zavis spoke with Shaul Magid, author of The Necessity of Exile: Essays from a Distance. In his book, Shaul Magid examines the shortcomings and challenges Liberal Zionism faces and its seeming acceptance of the occupation, and questions whether Israel can be defended as a liberal state anymore. We discussed these topics as well as explored the roots and meaning of Zionism, non-Zionism, and anti-Zionism and the future of Israel and Palestine. It was a very rich and dynamic conversation. 

Shaul Magid is Visiting Professor of Modern Judaism at Harvard University where he is also a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions. Before that he was a professor of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth, Indiana University, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Rice University. His rabbinical ordination is from Jerusalem in 1984. He is the author of many books and essays most recently The Bible, the Talmud, and the New Testament: Elijah Zvi Soloveitchik’s Commentary to the New Testament (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019), Meir Kahane: The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical (Princeton University Press, 2021); and The Necessity of Exile: Essays from a Distance (New York: Ayin Press, 2023). He is an elected member of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the American Society for the Study of Religion. He is also the rabbi of the Fire Island Synagogue in Seaview NY. He was also a past member of the Tikkun editorial board.

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