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Justice for All? Ethics from Our Bible (Arlington, Virginia)

  • Etz Hayim Synagogue 2920 Arlington Blvd Arlington, VA 22204 (map)

Haberman Distinguished Scholar Series

With Jeremiah Unterman
Resident Scholar, Herzl Institute, Jerusalem, Israel
Academic Adviser for
The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel

The Hebrew Bible radically changed the course of ethical thought and came to exercise enormous influence on Jewish thought and law while also providing the basis for Christian ethics and the broader development of ethical thought in modern Western civilization.

Join us as Jeremiah Unterman discusses how the ethics of the Hebrew Bible represent a significant moral advance over Ancient Near East cultures. He will elucidate how the Bible’s unique conception of ethical monotheism, innovative understanding of covenantal law, and revolutionary messages from the prophets form the foundation of many Western civilization ideals. Discover how these timeless biblical texts connect to the persistent themes of our times: immigration policy, care for the less privileged, and attaining hope for the future despite destruction and exile.

This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.


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Jeremiah Unterman, a Resident Scholar at the Herzl Institute, has been a Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University and elsewhere, and was Director of the Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools in North America. He is the author of "Justice for All: How the Jewish Bible Revolutionized Ethics," published in 2017 by the Jewish Publication Society.