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Yisroel Ben-Porat

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Yisroel Ben-Porat is Managing Editor of The Lehrhaus and a PhD candidate in early American history at CUNY Graduate Center. This academic year, he serves as a Writing Fellow at The City College of New York, and he leads a reading group for Yeshiva University's Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought. After studying in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh for a year, he graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University in 2018 and and received his M.Phil from the Graduate Center in 2021. His dissertation focuses on how Puritans used the Hebrew Bible as a legal and political text in the seventeenth century Atlantic world. He can be reached by email at yisroelbp@gmail.com.

Adam’s Absence: Rereading the Primordial Sin

Yisroel Ben-Porat, Managing Editor of the Lehrhaus, analyzes a Midrash offering non-misogynistic takes on the original sin.

The “Judeo-Christian” Tradition at Yeshiva

Yisroel Ben-Porat offers historical, hashkafic, and personal reflections on what’s often called the “Judeo-Christian” tradition and whether a Torah u-Madda outlook can embrace the study of Christianity.

Alexander Hamilton: The “Jewish” Founding Father

What was Alexander Hamilton's relationship to Judaism? In his review of a new book about Hamilton's Jewish world, Lehrhaus editor Yisroel Ben-Porat explores the arguments to be made for a "Jewish" founding father.

Rethinking Judaism in Early America

Did the Founding Fathers study Kabbalah? Yisroel Ben-Porat reviews Brian Ogren’s new book Kabbalah and the Founding of America.

Hebrew Bible or Old Testament? Evaluating the American Biblical Tradition

Did the Founding Fathers derive their biblical values from the Hebrew Bible, or just the Old Testament? Yisroel Ben-Porat reviews "Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land."