Yehuda Mirsky is Associate Professor of the Practice of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and Yeshiva College and received rabbinic ordination in Jerusalem. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the law review, and completed his Ph.D. in Religion at Harvard. He worked in Washington as an aide to then-Senators Bob Kerrey and Al Gore, and at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and served in the Clinton Administration as special advisor in the U.S. State Department's Human Rights Bureau. From 2002-2012 he lived in Israel and was a Fellow at the Van Leer Institute and Jewish People Policy Institute. He has written widely on politics, theology and culture for a number of publications including The New Republic and The Economist, he is a Contributing Editor of the Jerusalem Report and is on the editorial board of Eretz Acheret. After the attacks of September 11 he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross. He is currently a contributing writer at Jewish Ideas Daily.com and a member of the board of Yerushalmim, the movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem. His biography of Rabbi Abraham Issac Kook is forthcoming from Yale University Press.