What is Judaism ultimately about? What vision of the good life does it offer us, and why might that vision be especially crucial during these dark times? Join Rep. Jamie Raskin and Rabbi Shai Held for a discussion moderated by Abigail Pogrebin in celebration of Rabbi Held’s new book, Judaism Is About Love: Recovering the Heart of Jewish Life.

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About the speakers

Rabbi Shai Held, one of the most influential Jewish thinkers and leaders in America, is President and Dean of the Hadar Institute in New York City.  Rabbi Held received the prestigious Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the most influential rabbis in America and to the Forward’s list of the most prominent Jews in the world.  He is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence (2013) and The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion (2017).

Congressman Jamie Raskin is the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District and the Ranking Member on the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. He served as the Lead House Manager in the second Senate impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, which ended with a 57-43 vote to convict the president for inciting a violent insurrection against the government to overthrow the 2020 presidential election. Raskin also served on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol and served three terms on the House Judiciary, Oversight and Administration Committees. He served two terms on the Rules Committee. Prior to Congress, Raskin was a three-term State Senator in Maryland and a professor of constitutional law for more than a quarter-century at American University Washington College of Law. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He has authored several books, including We the Students, the Washington Post best-seller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People, and the New York Times number #1 best-seller Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy (2022).

Abigail Pogrebin is the author of “My Jewish Year:18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew” — a National Jewish Book Award finalist, and “Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish.” She’s written for The Atlantic, The Forward, and Tablet, and moderates conversations for The Streicker Center and Jewish Broadcasting Service.


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