Meir Y. SoloveichikNov 21, 2023
Providence and Power
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik on Jewish Statesmanship from King David to David Ben Gurion
New Books Network 2023
For thousands of years, the Jewish people lacked a political state; yet, what can we say about the Jewish tradition of statesmanship? What makes it distinctive, and what can we learn from it? In Providence and Power: Ten Portraits in Jewish Statesmanship (Encounter Books, 2023) , Rabbi Meir Soloveichik investigates ten Jews, from King David all the way to the foundation of Israel, what we can learn from their examples, and how history can provide hope amidst recent events in Israel.
Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik is director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and the rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the United States. He received his PhD in Religion at Princeton in 2010. Among the world's preeminent Jewish thinkers and educators, Rabbi Soloveichik has lectured across the United States and Europe on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. He has a monthly column in Commentary magazine, and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, First Things, and many other outlets. He is the host of the podcast Bible 365, and you can also listen to him via the Meir Soloveichik podcast.
Sources and examples referenced in the interview:
- Rembrandt's David in Prayer, 1652.
- John Trumbull's George Washington Resigning His Commission and Declaration of Independence (1826).
- George Washington's Letter to the Jews of Savannah (1790).
- Dan Senor and Saul Singer's recent book The Genius of Israel.
- A secular Israeli broadcaster borrows a kippah and performs a blessing.