Rabbi Yehudah Mirsky

Yehudah Mirsky is associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis and on the faculty of its Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. 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. After the attacks of September 11 he served as a volunteer chaplain for the Red Cross. From 2002-2012 he lived in Israel and was a fellow at the Van Leer Institute and Jewish People Policy Institute. Rabbi Mirsky has written widely on politics, theology, and culture for a number of publications including The New Republic and The Economist, and he is on the editorial board of Eretz Acheret, an Israeli bimonthly of politics and culture, and a member of the board of Ha-Tenuah Ya-Yerushalmit, a grass-roots movement for a pluralist and livable Jerusalem. He has recently published, Rav Kook: Mystic in a Time of Revolution (Yale University Press), a path-breaking study of the founding theologian of Religious Zionism.