Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 318
Departments/ProgramsNear Eastern and Judaic Studies
DegreesHarvard University, Ph.D.
Yale University, J.D.
Yeshiva College, B.A.
Israel and Zionism
Study of Religion
ProfileYehudah 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 PhD 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 US 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 York Times, The New Republic and The Economist, and he is on the editorial board of Eretz Acheret, an Israeli bimonhtly of poliics and culture. After the attacks of September 11 he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross. He is a member of the board of Ha-Tenuah Ya-Yerushalmit, the movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem. He is the author of the widely-acclaimed volume, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press).
|NEJS||124b||Divinity, Difference and Desire: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism|
|NEJS||141b||Human Rights: Law, Politics, Theology|
|NEJS||153a||Between Ecstasy and Community: Hasidism in Jewish Thought and History|
|NEJS||154b||Israel: Dilemmas of Identity|
|NEJS||155b||Introduction to Jewish Legal Thought|
|NEJS||157a||Jewish Business Ethics|
|NEJS||191b||Jewish Messianism from Antiquity to Zionism|
|NEJS||192b||Jewish Political Thought|
|NEJS||259a||Renaissance, Revolution, Redemption: Readings in Early Zionist Thought|
Awards and Honors
Jewish Book Council Jewish Book of the Year Awarded to Jewish Lives series of Yale University Press, in which appeared my "Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution" (2015)
Theodore and Jane Norman Faculty Grant (2013)
Mirsky, Yehudah. Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Toward Rav Kook's Theology of Culture." Developing a Jewish Perspective on Culture. Ed. Sarna, Yehuda. New York: Ktav/Yeshiva University Press, 2013. 103-142.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Akiva - Liberal, Existentialist, Prophet: Between Abraham Joshua Heschel and Louis Finkelstein [Hebrew]." Da'at 71. (2011): 93-104.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Faithfulness and Daring [Hebrew]." To Serve You in Truth: The Figure and Path of Rabbi Yehudah Amital [Hebrew]. Ed. Gafni, Reuven & Ziegler, Reuven. Jerusalem: Koren, 2011. 195-201.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Utopia Lost?." Rev. of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, by Moyn, Samuel. Democracy: A Journal of Ideas vol. 19 2011: 93-100.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Peoplehood – Thin and Strong: Rethinking Israel-Diaspora Relations for a New Century." Toward 2030: Strategies for the Jewish Future. Ed. Rami Tal & Barry Geltman. Jerusalem: Jewish People Policy Institute, 2010. 37-61.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "The Varieties of Tolerant Experience [Hebrew]." Aqdamot 23. (2009): 219-228.
Mirsky, Yehudah. ""Kook, Avraham Yitzhak" & "Musar Movement"." Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. 2008.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Rav Kook and Maimonides, Revisited [Hebrew]." Iggud: 1. (2008): 397-405.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Separation Anxiety." Rev. of Liberty of Conscience: In Defense of America’s Tradition of Religious Equality, by Nussbaum, Martha C.. Democracy: A Journal of Ideas vol. 8 2008: 114-121.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Tikkun Olam: Basic Questions and Policy Directions." Facing Tomorrow: Background Policy Documents for the Conference of the President of the State of Israel. vol. 2008 Ed. Rami Tal & Barry Geltman. Jerusalem: Jewish People Policy Institute, 2008. 213-229.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Feminine Images of God." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 2007.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Modernizing Orthodoxies: The Case of Feminism." To Be a Jewish Woman / Lihiyot Ishah Yehudiyah, Kolech Proceedings. vol. 4 Ed. Cohen, Tova. Jerusalem: Kolech, 2007. English Section, pp. 37-51.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Human Rights, Democracy and the Inescapability of Politics, or, Human Dignity Thick and Thin." Israel Law Review 38. 1-2 (2005): 358-377.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "The Rhapsodist." Rev. of Abraham Joshua Heschel: Prophetic Witness, by Kaplan, Edward & Dresner, Samuel. The New Republic 1999: 36-42.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "A Severe Ecstasy." Rev. of The Faith of the MIthnagdim: Rabbinic Responses to Hasidic Rapture, by Nadler, Allan. The New Republic 1998: 38-41.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "The Political Morality of Pacifism and Nonviolence: One Jewish View." War and Its Discontents: Pacifism and Quietism in the Abrahamic Religions. Ed. Burns, J. Patout. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1996. 47-66.
Mirsky, Yehudah with Matt Ahrens, ed. Democracy in the Middle East: Defining the Challenge. Washington: Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 1993.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Democratic Politics, Democratic Culture." Orbis 57. 4 (1993): 567-580.
Mirsky, Yehudah. "Civil Religion and the Establishment Clause." Yale Law Journal 95. 1235-1257 (1986).