The Torah and the American Founding

May 30, 2023 | Meir Soloveichik, Robert P. George, Justin Dyer, Michael Doran
About the author: Meir Soloveichik is the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel and the director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. His website, containing all of his media appearances, podcasts, and writing, can be found at Robert P. George is McCormick professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is former chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Michael Doran is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Peace and Security in the Middle East at Hudson Institute. The author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East (2016), he is also a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and a former senior director of the National Security Council. He tweets @doranimated.

From Thomas Jefferson’s declaration that all men “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights,” to George Washington’s letters to various Jewish congregations, to Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, to contemporary Middle East policy, the Hebrew Bible has shaped the American idea. Meir Soloveichik, Robert P. George, Justin Dyer, and Michael Doran—two Catholics, a rabbi, and a Presbyterian—discuss how and why this is so. (Moderated by Samuel Goldman. Video, 85 minutes.)

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