"The Spirit of Jewish Conservatism"—Day Four

Featuring today: Daniel Gordis, Michel Gurfinkiel, Dan Polisar, Shlomo Riskin, Amos Yadlin, Harvey Mansfield, Asher Lopatin, and Dov Wagner.

David escorting the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, illustration from a catechism ‘L’Histoire Sainte’, published by Charles Delagrave, Paris, late 19th century.

David escorting the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, illustration from a catechism ‘L’Histoire Sainte’, published by Charles Delagrave, Paris, late 19th century.

Editors’ Note: Our April essay, “The Spirit of Jewish Conservatism,” by Eric Cohen, elicited such strong reactions, both in our pages and elsewhere, that we decided to continue the debate in the form of a symposium. Over the course of this week, we’re presenting brief reflections on Cohen’s thesis by 37 leading Jewish and non-Jewish thinkers. Today’s group comprises Daniel Gordis, Michel Gurfinkiel, Dan Polisar, Shlomo Riskin, Amos Yadlin, Harvey Mansfield, Asher Lopatin, and Dov Wagner.

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