Authors Posts by David Hellman

David Hellman

David Hellman serves as the rabbi of Young Israel of Brookline and is the current president of the Rabbinical Council of New England. He can be reached at

Kamtza and Bar Kamtza in the Age of Cancel Culture

The Talmudic story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza is often used to highlight the destructive consequences of baseless hatred. In an intriguing reading, David Hellman suggests that the hatred that motivated the tale’s participants is more complex than meets the eye.