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Sam Berrin Shonkoff

Hasidism and Toleration

Panel: Thinking Toleration – Tuesday, January 19 (11am – 1pm PST // 2pm – 4pm EST)
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Sam Shonkoff is Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union. He is a scholar of modern Jewish thought, and his research focuses primarily on German-Jewish and Hasidic theologies, as well as appropriations of Hasidism in relatively secular spheres. Shonkoff is co-editor with Ariel Evan Mayse of Hasidism: Writings on Devotion, Community and Life in the Modern World, and he is the editor of Martin Buber: His Intellectual and Scholarly Legacy. Shonkoff’s current book project focuses on themes of embodiment in the twentieth-century German-Jewish philosopher Martin Buber’s representations of Hasidism. It will offer the first major hermeneutical study of Buber’s tales vis-à-vis the original Hasidic sources. Prior to joining the GTU faculty in 2018, Shonkoff taught at Oberlin College, and he holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Chicago Divinity School. 

Example of published work:

Sam Berrin Shonkoff, “Metanomianism and Religious Praxis in Martin Buber’s Hasidic Tales,” Religions 9, no. 12 (December 2018): 399,