Oxford Jewish Thought

Lectures, essays, questions & articles

by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Isaiah Berlin Lecture by Dr. Yoram Hazony

Hazony.JPGWe are delighted to present the Isaiah Berlin lecture delivered at the Oxford University Chabad Society by Dr. Yoram Hazony, who is President of the Herzl Institute and former head and founder of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

It is humbling to come here to Oxford and stand in a place where Isaiah Berlin once stood and be tasked with sharing my own thoughts about Isaiah Berlin and his legacy and to think about the place of the Jew in contemporary philosophy and theology.

Let me begin this challenge by saying that if our subject is the place of the Jew in contemporary philosophy and theology, then there is no better place to begin than here at Oxford with Isaiah Berlin. In many ways we can think of his career that began in Oxford in the 1… Read More »

Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn & the Holocaust: Why does evil prosper?

The Holocaust was one of the most tragic events of the 20th century and, according to many, in human history. The written works documenting this horrific period are vast and as time goes on will almost definitely continue to increase due to the highly systematic and organized method of the attempted extermination of an entire people in the heart of civilised and cultured Europe.


In addition to the huge body of literature regarding the actual events of the Holocaust, significant literature has been produced on responses to the Holocaust. As the Holocaust targeted not only a people but also a religious group, much has been written on Jewish religious responses. Rabbi Ephraim Oshry (1914-2013), who served as the spiritual leader of t… Read More »

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