Steven Weisman - "The Chosen Wars" - Rabbi Minkus

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Steven Weisman

Steven Weisman discusses The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion.  He will be joined in conversation by Rabbi David Minkus. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At 57th Street Books


About the book: Steven R. Weisman tells the dramatic history of how Judaism redefined itself in America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries—the personalities that fought each other and shaped its evolution and, crucially, the force of the American dynamic that transformed an ancient religion. The struggles that produced a redefinition of Judaism illuminate the larger American experience and the efforts by all Americans to reconcile their faith with modern demands. The narrative begins with the arrival of the first Jews in New Amsterdam and plays out over the nineteenth century as a massive immigration takes place at the dawn of the twentieth century.

About the author: Steven R. Weisman, vice president for publications and communications at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, previously served as a correspondent, editor, and editorial board member at The New York Times. He was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize in 2004 from Georgetown University for his reporting on the run-up to the Iraq War and has served as a New York Times bureau chief in Japan and India, as well as senior diplomatic and senior White House correspondent. His book, The Great Tax Wars: Lincoln to Wilson — How the Income Tax Transformed America (Simon & Schuster, 2002), received the Sidney Hillman Award in 2003. He was editor of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary (PublicAffairs), named by the Times as one of the best books of 2010. His book The Great Tradeoff: Confronting Moral Conflicts in the Era of Globalization, was published by the Peterson Institute in 2016.

About the interlocutor: David grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and studied psychology at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He received his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he also received a Master’s in education. Since 2014 he has been the rabbi at Congregation Rodfei Zedek in Hyde Park. 

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637