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Can Robots Be Jewish? And Other Pressing Questions of Modern Life with Amy E. Schwartz
January 13 | 7:00 pmFree
Moment’s new Ask the Rabbis collection and the importance of attaining wisdom through argument.
In Jewish tradition, there’s never just one answer to a question—and disagreement can lead to the greatest wisdom. Questions, such as, “Are there things that can’t be forgiven?”; “Do Jews believe in an afterlife?”; “Is democracy a Jewish idea?”; and “Can Robots be Jewish?” are answered by rabbis who span the spectrum of Jewish thought – from Humanist and Reform to Orthodox and beyond – in a new book based on Moment Magazine’s popular Ask the Rabbis feature. What results is a deep interrogation of Jewish text, law and commentary and an unparalleled look at the breadth, creativity, and continued relevance of the Jewish tradition. Join Amy E. Schwartz, editor of Can Robots Be Jewish? And Other Pressing Questions of Modern Life, as she discusses her adventures editing the Ask the Rabbis column and explores the rabbis’ answers—and our own—on some of today’s most pressing issues.
Amy E. Schwartz is Moment’s opinion and book editor, as well as editor of the magazine’s Ask the Rabbis feature. She previously was a longtime editorial writer and op-ed columnist at The Washington Post and worked for Harper’s, The New Republic and The Wilson Quarterly.
This event is part of the Cultural Arts Celebration sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo and Moment Magazine.