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The Use and Abuse of Jewish Tradition in Contemporary Political Debates

April 12, 2018, 7:00 pm
Congregation Shaare Emeth
11645 Ladue Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63141

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For 3,000 years, Judaism has developed a powerful religious imperative to speak truth to power and to strive to transform the world for the good. How does the Jewish tradition view religion’s role in shaping political policies? What does it have to say about some of the urgent and vexing moral challenges of our day? How is it used and abused in the polemics of contemporary political debates?

The Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman Lecture Fund was established in May of 2015 to honor Rabbi Stiffman’s 50th anniversary of ordination as rabbi.

Light refreshments to follow program; dietary laws observed.

Rabbi Emeritus Jeffrey B. Stiffman will be available to sign copies of his book, “Congregation Shaare Emeth at 150.” Copies will also be available for purchase.

Thursday night’s program is funded by the Rabbi Jeffrey B. Stiffman Fund and the Sh’ma Listen! Speakers Series which is generously funded by the Lubin-Green Foundation, a Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and Hank Webber and Chris Jacobs. 

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