The Death and Potential Rebirth of the Liberal Self: A Discussion

Modern freedoms leave us wanting more. The author of our monthly essay joins us and a noted rabbi to talk about how conversion came to be an antidote to liberal restlessness.

From “Maternity” by Marc Chagall, 1912.

From “Maternity” by Marc Chagall, 1912.

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June 1 2021
About the authors

Nathan Shields, a composer whose works have been performed by various orchestras and chamber ensembles, is associate faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. He earned his doctorate at the Juilliard School in New York, and has received fellowships from Tanglewood and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Rabbi Dr. Ari Lamm is chief executive of Bnai Zion and the founder of the Joshua Network and host of its Good Faith Effort podcast.

Jonathan Silver is the editor of Mosaic.

To discuss our May essay about conversion and liberalism, “The Present, Past, and Prehistory of Conversion,” we invited its author, the composer Nathan Shields, to speak with Mosaic‘s editor Jonathan Silver and the rabbi and theologian Ari Lamm. You can watch that discussion below, or read a transcript of it.

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