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The author of a book about the way progressive politics have come to define Judaism for many Jews drops by the studio to talk about the politics of the Jewish world.

May 16, 2019 | Tikvah Podcast at Mosaic, Jonathan Neumann
About the author: A weekly podcast, produced in partnership with the Tikvah Fund, offering up the best thinking on Jewish thought and culture. Jonathan Neumann, a 2011-2012 Tikvah Fellow, lives in London and writes on politics and religion.

A pro-Jeremy Corbyn protester at a counter-protest to a 2018 demonstration against anti-Semitism in the UK Labor Party in London. Jack Taylor/Getty Images.

This Week’s Guest: Jonathan Neumann


Whether or not the presidential administration of Donald Trump has worked on behalf of Jewish interests—for instance, by moving the United States embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and thereby recognizing that city as the capital of the Jewish state—many American Jews feel strongly that its actions are antithetical to Jewish values. But what values do they have in mind? Close to the top of the list will inevitably be tikkun olam, the Hebrew term for “repairing the world.” Last year, the writer Jonathan Neumann published his book To Heal the World?, an attempt to analyze what tikkun olam means in practice, and to debunk the lazy but all-too-common perception that Jewish values and progressive politics are one and the same.

In this podcast, Neumann joins Jonathan Silver for a discussion of conservatism, liberalism, and Jewish politics. He looks at the worrying rise of Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom, explains the causes of Israel’s shift to the right, and argues that the fervent progressivism of American Jews is harmful to  Jewish religion, Jewish peoplehood, and the Jewish state.

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