Rabbi Ian Pear, author of “The Accidental Zionist“, is speaking at Congregation Aish Kodesh (1805 Balsam Avenue) on Monday night, November 2nd, at 7:00 pm.
From the description of “The Accidental Zionist“ on Amazon.com:
“The Accidental Zionist suggests that the answer is to be found by exploring an essential and often overlooked aspect of the reborn State of Israel. By relying on traditional Jewish texts as well as a piercing analysis of modern political philosophy, international relations and major trends in statecraft not to mention an ample supply of hilarious stories and fascinating encounters with a motley crew of interesting characters this exploration (and the Israel it hopes to engender) might just offer the means to rectify this historic failure … and lay the groundwork for the fulfillment of Judaism s most lofty goal.
“This is a book for anyone who ever wondered why Israel matters whether to him or herself as an individual, to the Jewish people as a whole, or to the world in general.”
Rabbi Pear and his wife Rachel founded Shir Hadash in the year 2000 shortly after making aliya from the United States, he from Arizona and she from New York. Rabbi Pear received his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University, and holds degrees in law from New York University and International Politics and Security from Georgetown University. The Pears have three children, Gavriella, Michaella and Darya.
Previously Rabbi Pear served as the Director of Tel Aviv University’s Hillel Foundation, the college campus with the largest Jewish student population in the world. Before that, he was the Rabbinical Intern at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.