“Es iz schwer tzu sein a Yid” It is hard to be a Jew
Why is it hard to be a Jew? Why is anti-Semitism on the rise? This lecture will seek to answer these questions by identifying a persistent theme in Jewish history: a willingness to challenge authority and dissent from prevailing opinions. Beginning with Abraham, Moses, and the Hebrew Prophets, Jews have produced a long line of dissenters, whistle-blowers, and people who insist on justice above all else. It is this feature, along with minority status, that has made Jews perennial scapegoats.
2021 Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Lecture in Jewish Civilization
Kenneth Seeskin, Northwestern University
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