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Sunday, November 10 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Einstein and the Rabbi: The Untold Story of His Friendship with Rabbi Chaim Tchernowitz, and Their Conversations About the Talmud, Zionism, and God

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It sounds like fiction, but is in fact history: Albert Einstein, the fabled physicist, forged an abiding friendship and correspondence with an eclectic Orthodox rabbi, Chaim Tchernowitz. Beginning with their first meeting at Einstein’s summer home outside Berlin, we’ll chart their unlikely story, which spanned two continents and two decades. Along the way, you’ll learn why Einstein wrote a public letter praising the Talmud—even though he couldn’t read it—and how he opposed an early attempt to depose the first president of Hebrew University for his heterodox political views.

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Yair Rosenberg

Yair Rosenberg is a senior writer at Tablet Magazine, where he covers the intersection of politics, culture, and religion. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and The Guardian, and his writings have received awards... Read More →

Sunday November 10, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm EST