Judaism’s Countercultural Understanding of Human Nature

Bolstering the case for a Jewish conservatism is Jewish anti-utopianism.

A hand colored engraving of Jerusalem from 1840. Drawn by William Henry Bartlett, engraved by E. Challis. Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images.

A hand colored engraving of Jerusalem from 1840. Drawn by William Henry Bartlett, engraved by E. Challis. Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images.

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April 13 2015
About the author

Yuval Levin is the founding editor of National Affairs and Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. He has been awarded a 2013 Bradley Prize for distinguished contributions in the fields of scholarship, journalism, and public service.

In his bold and challenging essay in Mosaic, Eric Cohen sets out an exceptionally ambitious project: the articulation of a coherent Jewish conservatism for America and Israel. He makes no claim to achieve that goal, only to offer an outline of what such an achievement would entail. His outline helps to highlight both why many Jews should find such a goal appealing and why they will not find it easy to realize.

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