Meet Dr. Shaiya Rothberg. Living in Jerusalem, he is a conservative rabbi and teacher of theology, Kabbalah, and written and oral torah from the Midrash to the Middle Ages. In this conversation, we discuss democracy and human rights from a Jewish perspective. Here, he explains the difference between Judaism and Torah, which he defines as Truth. Unlike many observant Jews, however, he understands multiple pathways to access the capital T Truth, and he explores what it would mean for Israelis to take responsibility for the conflict in the region while holding both sides accountable.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
- What truth means to one rabbi and how it differs from his religion
- What it means to be made in the image of God
- A Jewish approach to peace that includes criticism of the West Bank occupation
RESOURCES FROM THIS EPISODE:
- Shaiya Rothberg
- United Synagogue (USCJ)
- His Book: What Do You Mean When You Say "God"
- His Book: Human Rights as Mashiach - A Jewish Theology of Human Rights
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