How do we address the devastating intersection of legitimate war and human rights catastrophe? Yehuda Kurtzer is joined by Yehudah Mirsky, professor, author, and former special advisor to the US State Department Human Rights Bureau, for a master class on the trajectory, impact, and underlying values of the human rights discourse. They explore what shapes our understanding and assumptions of human rights and where liberal, universalist ideals overlap with Zionism, Jewishness, and Jewish values on the world stage today.   


Mentioned in this episode:  


Hannah Arendt: The Rights of Man, the Political Community, Judgment and Recognition | SpringerLink By Hannah Arendt  

Human rights died in Gaza – UnHerd  by Yehudah Mirsky 


Believe Israeli Women – Identity/Crisis | Podcast on Spotify 


#51: Genocide, Antisemitism, and the Nomenclature of Hatred – Identity/Crisis | Podcast on Spotify 


 (PDF) The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History by Samuel Moyn ( 


(PDF) Durkheim’s ‘Individualism and the Intellectuals | steven lukes – 


 Why Hamas Killers Invoked God’s Name, Not the Liberation of Palestine – Israel News – by Anshel Pfeffer (behind a paywall)