Judaism and the Messiah

November 22, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center

One of the bedrocks of the Jewish religion is a belief in the coming of the Messiah, but for some it can seem at odds with the history of the faith. “It is a fact of singular importance that the people who created the Messiah have never accepted one,” said Leon Wieseltier, who was the keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Irving Howe Memorial Lecture at the Graduate Center. Wieseltier, literary editor for the New Republic since 1983 and author of Kaddish, among other books, delivered a lecture entitled, “Steady Work: The Unmessianic Nature of Jewish Messianism.”