Rabbi Yitz Greenberg

Where is God in Our Time?

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Where is God in Our Time? Before and After October 7th

Every time Jews have gone through tragedy, we inevitably have theological questions. Where is God? Why did God allow this to happen? What does God want from us? There is no one better than Rav Yitz to lead us in a conversation about this topic. In his upcoming book, The Triumph of Life: A Narrative Theology of Judaism, Greenberg describes Judaism’s utopian vision of a world created by a God who loves life, who invites humans to live on the side of life and enables the forces of life to triumph over death. To achieve this ideal, Judaism offers the method of covenant—realistic, personal, incremental—a partnership between God and humanity across generations in which human beings grow ever more responsible for world repair.

Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg serves as the President of the J.J. Greenberg Institute for the Advancement of Jewish Life (JJGI) and as Senior Scholar in Residence at Hadar Institute. He has had a long and notable career in the service of the Jewish people. He served in the rabbinate, notably at the Riverdale Jewish Center in the 1960s. He served as professor and chairman of the Department of Jewish Studies of City College of the City University of New York in the 1970s. Together with Elie Wiesel, he founded CLAL: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and served as its president until 1997. From 1997 to 2008, he served as founding president of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation which created such programs as birthright Israel. When Elie Wiesel served as chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, Rabbi Greenberg served as its (Executive) Director. The Commission recommended and drew the blueprint for the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on the National Mall in Washington. He served as the Museum’s chairman from 2000-2002.

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