The Ultra-Orthodox Politicization of Judaism: Isaac Breuer’s Radicalization of Neo-Kantian Legal Philosophy

For Current Fellows
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST

Katz Center
420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Anna Poplawski

At the weekly Ruth Meltzer Seminars, Katz Center fellows share their research in an intellectually rigorous workshop setting. Seminars are limited to fellows and invited guests only.


Itamar Ben Ami

Humboldt University of Berlin

Itamar Ben Ami researches modernity, religion, state, and secularism in the twentieth century, and focuses in particular on the political theology of Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Judaism. At the Katz Center, he will examine how Haredism adopted halakhah to the statist era.

Ben Ami completed his PhD in political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a dissertation titled “The Orthodoxy’s Discovery of the Political: Isaac Breuer and the Jewish Conservative Revolution,” which won the Pinchas and Sheindel Wald Doctoral Prize in Jewish History from the Zalman Shazar Center. He was previously a research fellow and lecturer in the Faculty of Theology at Humboldt University of Berlin.

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