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What Would God’s Economy Look Like?
March 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$18
Jewish thinkers commonly argue that the Torah is meant to provide a complete, all-pervasive guide to Jewish life. And yet, for much of Jewish history, even while halakha could regulate the trade and business practices of Jewish individuals and firms, it never had the ability to prescribe rules for the very nature of the economy itself. With the rise of modern Jewish nationalist and socialist movements, Jews could think for the first time in centuries about the broad questions of political economy – production, distribution, and re-distribution – from the standpoint of Torah. This talk explores some of that recent thought, seeking to imagine what life would be like if Jews strove to model not just their transactions, but the very economy itself, according to God’s will.
ABOUT THIS SPEAKER: Dr. Samuel Hayim Brody is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. He received his education at the University of Virginia, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago. His first book, Martin Buber’s Theopolitics, was published by Indiana University Press in 2018. His scholarly interests revolve around the intersections of Judaism, philosophy, politics, and economics in the modern period.