Rabbi Eric Yoffie
A bold, inspiring and passionate speaker on Israel, Interfaith Dialogue, Church-State Issues, and American Religious Life
Latest Article: For Israelis and Palestinians, Confederation is a Disastrous Fantasy (Haaretz, June 14, 2022)
Latest Podcast: Rabbi Eric Yoffie on the 18Forty podcast (on “Intergenerational Divergence,” with his daughter, Dr. Adina Yoffie; April 19, 2022)
Most Requested Speaking Topics at Scholar-in-Residence programs, and at university and congregational lectures:
- Israel and the Middle East: A fresh look at Israel’s inspiring story, external threats, and internal challenges
- Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Evangelicals: How to have meaningful and effective interfaith dialogue
- The Church-State Dilemma: What role should religion play in politics and where should we draw the line?
Rabbi Yoffie was an outstanding guest scholar. He gave five presentations during the course of the weekend, and each one was insightful, provocative, inspiring and powerfully delivered. He knows how to teach and to engage with others in a manner that is clear, dynamic and always respectful. Our members responded with enthusiasm and delight; many told me he was the finest scholar in residence we’ve ever brought to our congregation. Hills, CA
Central to the foundation of Elmhurst College is its religious and intellectual life. The Abraham Joshua Heschel Lecture sits squarely in that intersection, where rigorous intellectual discourse, contemporary issues, and deep faith exist together to help foster a community of mutual learners and scholars. This year the college hosted Rabbi Eric Yoffie who delivered a commanding and clear lecture focusing on a framework of our deep longings for leadership, values and the search for God.
Fundamental to his address was a strong analysis of the critical places in which our communities of faith have differed, and have found critical common ground. We look forward to his return in future years and would wholeheartedly commend him to others in university and religious settings.
I remember Rabbi Yoffie, when you spoke at ISNA’s convention in Chicago…You spoke eloquently about the importance of fighting social and legal discrimination against Muslims. Your public words resonated with the audience, which gave you a standing ovation. What was especially remarkable, in my view, was the fact that the Muslims gathered were clearly convinced of your commitment to their rights, despite the fact that many of them would have disagreed with some of your views with some of your views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which you did not hesitate to express in that forum.
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