Virtual Unpacking the Book: Jewish Writers in Conversation

The Heart of the Matter: Two Rabbis Discuss Love in the Jewish Tradition


Thursday, May 16, 2024
6 – 7 pm EDT
Zoom, Virtual Program

Join Rabbi Sharon Brous and Rabbi Shai Held in a virtual discussion about love as the core of the Jewish tradition: how to show up for each other in times of joy and struggle, and how we can use Judaism as a lens to help us approach life’s great matters—injustice, protest, family life, selfhood, and responsibilities to our families, friends, neighbors, strangers, and enemies. Mod­er­at­ed by Stephanie But­nick, host of Tablet’s Unortho­dox podcast.

Sharon Brous’s The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend our Broken Hearts and World and Shai Held’s Judaism is About Love: Recovering the Heart of Jewish Life are available for purchase in-store and online at the Museum's Cooper Shop.

About the Speakers:

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the author of The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World. She is the founding and senior rabbi of IKAR, a trail-blazing Jewish community based in Los Angeles. A leading voice at the intersection of faith and justice in America, she has been named #1 Most Influential Rabbi in the U.S. by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. She blessed both President Obama and President Biden at their National Inaugural Prayer Services, and her TED Talk “Reclaiming Religion” has been viewed 1.5 million times. Brous’s work has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.

Rabbi Shai Held—theologian, educator, author—is President, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at the Hadar Institute in New York City. He is the author of Abraham Joshua Heschel: The Call of Transcendence and The Heart of Torah, a collection of essays on the Torah in two volumes.

Co-presented by Jewish Book Council, the Jewish Museum, and Tablet Magazine.

Free with RSVP

This program is presented with captioning through Zoom. The Jewish Museum is committed to making its virtual programs accessible to all. For inquiries and requests for live CART interpretation, ASL interpretation, or additional accommodations please email or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0.

The Amen Effect: Ancient Wisdom to Mend Our Broken Hearts and World by Sharon Brous and Judaism is About Love: Recovering the Heart of Jewish Life by Shai Held.