Inaugural Lecture of the Lapidus Family Fund for American Jewish Studies
Leon Wieseltier is an American writer, critic, and magazine editor. Since 1983 he has been the literary editor of The New Republic. Wieseltier has published several fictional and non-fictional books. Kaddish, a National Book Award finalist in 2000, is a genre-blending meditation on the Jewish prayers of mourning. Against Identity is a collection of thoughts about the modern notion of identity. Wieseltier also edited and introduced a volume of works by Lionel Trilling entitled The Moral Obligation to be Intelligent and translated of the works of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai have appeared in The New Republic and The New Yorker.
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