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The Religious and Human Urgency of Right Speech in a Post-Truth Age

Hosted By: Valley Beit Midrash

The meaning of our words is under assault. Can we trust one another, and the language that connects and divides us, to direct us toward truth? Together, we will look at an achingly beautiful passage from Rabbi Isaac Hutner, one of the 20th century’s most creative and inspirational thinkers, who inscribes these questions which are at the heart of today’s political and civil turmoil – directly in the heart of what it means to be a Jew, and a human being. (And, we’ll make use of Harry Frankfurt’s famous Essay “On BS”).

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Rabbi Jason Rubenstein

Rabbi Jason Rubenstein is the Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale, and works in the Slifka Center. Jason comes from a background as diverse as Yale’s Jewish community: a childhood at Reform Temple Micah in Washington DC, formative years studying at the orthodox Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa in northern Israel, and rabbinic ordination at the Conservative Jewish Theological Seminary. From 2008-2018, Jason taught on the faculty of the Hadar Institute, working to create classrooms, conversations, and communities that bring Torah to life by drawing on the fullness of students’ lives. In addition to rabbinic ordination, Jason holds an AB in Social Studies from Harvard College and a Masters in Talmud from JTS. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Wexner Graduate Fellowship and the Covenant Foundation’s 2015 Pomegranate Prize for Emerging Educators.
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Valley Beit Midrash

Valley Beit Midrash (VBM), based in Phoenix, AZ, hosts Jewish learning events on a wide range of topics and perspectives.
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