Although Jews have fought in armies throughout history and across the world, the ancient rabbis were very clear on how they felt about warfare and participation in armed conflict. Having seen, firsthand, the destructive results of the wars against Rome, the rabbis cautioned against militarism. Writing less about individuals and more about national struggles, the rabbis presented their views on how Jews should respond to violence and war. Join us for a discussion with Rabbi George Schlesinger, Visiting Taube Fellow from San Francisco, about Judaism, Jews, and Warfare.
Rabbi George Schlesinger grew up in Los Angeles, California. He was ordained as a rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1977. Upon ordination Rabbi Schlesinger began his career as a congregational rabbi. For nearly 40 years he served Conservative congregations in California and New Jersey. In addition Rabbi Schlesinger has worked with interfaith organizations for many years. In his retirement Rabbi Schlesinger continues to work with students on their journey to convert and to accept Judaism into their lives. He teaches students in preparation for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, he officiates at both weddings and funerals, and he continues to offer his services to his synagogue.
This is an accompanying event to the exhibition “Hungarian Lions of Judah in Galicia”.