Is antiracism a Jewish virtue? After 1967, Jewish conditions in the U.S., Israel, and Europe have been shaped by new frameworks for understanding racism. Projects articulating critical race theory, anti-Zionism, and decolonization have challenged Jewish self-conceptions as an antiracist community. Jewish thought—ethics, theology, political philosophy—has not sufficiently addressed these challenges. Using the curious case of Zipporah, Moses’ Midianite wife, my lecture addresses ways in which Jewish thought should reckon with the ethical and political issues of racism in the Jewish tradition and in societies where Jews have power and capacity.
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