Yehudah Mirsky

Yehudah Mirsky is associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, where he teaches courses on the nexus of religion, state and society.

From 2002 to 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, 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 member of the board of Yerushalmim, the movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem.

Mirsky has also 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.

His biography, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution, was published in 2014 by Yale University Press. 

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.