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Pay Attention to your Souls
29.06.2015, by Shraga Bar-On
Bonna Devora Haberman worked day and night to improve our world read more>
Visions of Justice and Righteousness in Israeli Society
29.06.2015, by Rachel Korazim
#HartmanSummer 2015, June 29, 2015, at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Memory and Justice: The Biblical Revolution of Religious Justice
26.06.2015, by Micah Goodman
Micah Goodman: Memory and Justice: The Biblical Revolution of Religious Justice read more>
Summer Video: The Moral Lenses of Jewish Law
25.06.2015, by Elana Stein Hain
#HartmanSummer 2015, June 25, 2015, at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Israeli Rock Music’s Spiritual New Sound
25.06.2015, by Yossi Klein Halevi
After years of siege, a growing movement of musicians is turning to Judaism for inspiration read more>
Justice and Spirituality: Tamar Elad-Applebaum, Art Green, Yossi Klein Halevi
24.06.2015, by Shalom Hartman Institute
June 24, 2015 #HartmanSummer Nighttime panel Justice and Spirituality, with Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum, Rabbi Art Green, and Yossi Klein Halevi, moderated by Rabbi Marc Wolf, at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
What Justice Demands: Minorities in Israel
23.06.2015, by Summer 2015 Video
Live Panel at Hartman Institute on June 23, 2015. Panelists: Dr. Ruth Calderon, Mohammad Darawshe, Rabbi Sharon Shalom. Moderator: Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of Shalom Hartman Institute of North America read more>
Opening Video 2015: Justice & Righteousness
23.06.2015, by Donniel Hartman
Opening lecture of #HartmanSummer 2015, June 23, 2015, at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Should Israel Speak for the Jewish People?
21.06.2015, by Call & Responsa
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Navigating Existential Divides
01.06.2015, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Our challenge is how to remain faithful to our most deeply held truths about Israel’s predicament, while remaining faithful to our mutual covenant as a people. Navigating this dilemma will require all our wisdom as an ancient people that has known how to overcome both external threat and suicidal schism read more>
The New Danger for Israel on Campus
31.05.2015, by Donniel Hartman
When confronting an outside foe, the battle lines are clear. But when the challenge is alienation and loss of sense of purpose within our community, there is no simple or short-term fix. We need not merely to protect our students, we need to find new ways to engage with them and to have them engage with the ideas of Israel read more>
The Politics of Loyalty
31.05.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer
The new/old Zionist conversation will be and must be even messier than it already is, and our community must foster more comfort than the politics of loyalty generally allow with the anxieties this messiness engenders read more>
Conflict Among Jews
26.05.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer
An introduction to the Berman Jewish Policy Archive`s Reader`s Guide read more>
The Israeli Electorate has Moved to the Center
25.05.2015, by Alexander Yakobson
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Shavuot. Pentecost. Harvest. First Fruits. Revelation at Sinai. Holy Spirit. Torah.
21.05.2015, by Marcie Lenk
Jews and Christians who celebrate Shavuot and Pentecost are celebrating the idea that revelation means God’s words are within each of us, giving us the ability and the responsibility to translate those words to those around us read more>
Fire in a Crowded Alley
18.05.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer
The decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to permit the Jerusalem Day march through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City – where it has notoriously bred nationalist violence against the property of its residents, and spread terror and fear in its wake – is deeply disappointing read more>
Rejoicing in the Death of One’s Enemy
13.05.2015, by Daniel Statman
Each human being has irreplaceable value, has dignity, the loss of which should always be a matter of concern read more>
Shavuot: Megillat Ruth and ‘Matan Torah’ to the World
11.05.2015, by Micah Goodman
There is nothing in Exodus about a universal mission of spreading Torah to the other nations read more>
Lafer Lecture: Israel - The Need for a New Conversation
10.05.2015, by Donniel Hartman
Inaugural Fred Lafer Memorial Lecture, April 26, 2015 read more>
Silence is Not OK When Torah is Painful
05.05.2015, by Steve Greenberg
It’s not OK to be silent when people are hurting read more>
The Ethics of Public Leadership: Who Speaks for the Jews?
29.04.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer and Jeremy Burton
A public conversation on the question of "Who Speaks for the Jews?" read more>
Crossing Over: Jewish Survival and the Paradox of Boundaries
27.04.2015, by Lauren Berkun
Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs, April 19, 2015. Her lecture, titled, Crossing Over: Jewish Survival and the Paradox of Boundaries, at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, was the sixth and final lecture in the series, Inside, Outside, In Between: Jewish Peoplehood Today: The Los Angeles Westside Synagogue Collaborative Lecture Series read more>
Rav Aharon Lichtenstein, Idiosyncratic Titan of Israeli Modern Orthodoxy
21.04.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Even when religious Zionism was deservedly vulnerable, Rav Aharon offered no apologetics read more>
Israel at 67: Glorious and Frightening, Inspiring and Exasperating
21.04.2015, by Leon Morris
We need the faith to believe that this could be the best place and the best time in Jewish history to be a Jew read more>
The Ethics of Memory: Religious Amnesia and Social Justice
20.04.2015, by Menachem Fisch
Shavuot is not the holiday of matan Torah – this historical linkage entered our tradition later on – but rather a national festival read more>
Yom Ha’atzmaut - Between Redemption and Nakba
19.04.2015, by Donniel Hartman
Yom Ha’atzmaut - Between Redemption and Nakba: Living Within Two Competing Narratives, the final of four rabbinic webinars of 5775 (2014-2015) read more>
Pesach: A Tale of Two Stories
05.04.2015, by Donniel Hartman
More than any other holiday, Pesach is about remembering and passing that memory down to the next generation. Every Jew is commanded to see themselves as if they came out of Egypt, and to tell their Egypt story to their children read more>
How Does One Celebrate Freedom?
02.04.2015, by Shraga Bar-On
Passover is the holiday of freedom. A person or a society are free when they are on their own, not subject to any other authority. But the meaning of freedom can be grasped in different and even contradictory ways read more>
The Ancestral Homeland is Moving to Our House
01.04.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Yehuda Kurtzer`s musings on taking over Passover from his mom in a piece from The Forward`s "Who Sets The Table?" project read more>
The People have Spoken; it’s Time to Speak to the People
29.03.2015, by Donniel Hartman
The success of toxic electioneering signifies the advent of a battle over the very soul of the Jewish State read more>
Hearing is not Believing
29.03.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Next time a politician makes an impromptu gaffe, ask yourself hard questions before you yell gotcha read more>
Israel 2015 Election Webinar Video Replay
17.03.2015, by Donniel Hartman Yossi Klein Halevi
HD recording of the 2015 Election Webinar featuring Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi read more>
The State of the Jewish People, 2015
12.03.2015, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The fifth lecture in the Westside Los Angeles Synagogue Collaborative Lecture Series, "Inside, Outside, In Between" read more>
Zionism, Minorities, and Loyalties
10.03.2015, by Elana Stein Hain Matti Friedman
Video panel discussion featuring Elana Stein Hain and Matti Friedman from Fifth Hartman Conference for a Jewish Democratic Israel, March 9, 2015 read more>
What Core Issues Define Membership in the Jewish People
09.03.2015, by Call & Responsa
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Big Data: Law, Randomness and Choice in Esther
24.02.2015, by Mishael Zion
The Scroll of Esther is the Biblical book which comes closest to describing our current reality read more>
Can Zionists and Muslims Talk? The Reasons for MLI
12.02.2015, by Donniel Hartman
One of the central goals of the Hartman Institute is to create a Judaism open to the world and to the best ideas of modernity. At the Institute we work very hard to recognize, confront and overcome the narrowness, bigotry and moral failings within the Jewish community. In MLI, I saw partners to a similar quest and felt a deep affinity with them read more>
Zionism as the New Form of Peoplehood
11.02.2015, by Micah Goodman
The fourth lecture in the Los Angeles Westside Synagogue Collective Lecture Series, "Inside, Outside, In Between: Jewish Peoplehood Today" read more>
Talking about Israel: The Need for a New Conversation
09.02.2015, by Donniel Hartman
Instead of uniting us, Israel now divides us. How do we develop a new way of talking about Israel and what should be the boundaries of this conversation? read more>
An Election of Jewish Values
08.02.2015, by Donniel Hartman
It has been a long time since we had an election as important to the future of Israel. Our vote will not be about a peace agreement, but rather on the values that would lead to it read more>
Between Dignity and Deceit: Ancient Principles and Modern Challenges
06.02.2015, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
Even if one could get away with something unethical, with deceiving another person, it is incorrect, improper, barbaric and desecrates God’s name read more>
Looking Beyond Michelle Obama and Angela Merkel
01.02.2015, by Mijal Bitton
Instead of fixating over photos and appearances, how can we ensure that we judge leaders by their skills and activities, rather than what they look like? read more>
God After the Holocaust: A Faith of Question Marks
27.01.2015, by Shraga Bar-On
Maybe the post-Holocaust believer has 10 tons of pain, but four cubits of halakha, as was said after the destruction of the Second Temple read more>
Loyalty, Moral Clarity, and the Making of Community
21.01.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Addressing some of the communal challenges presented by this summer`s war in Gaza and the recent rise of tensions in Jerusalem read more>
Peoplehood and Controversy: How Should Jews Disagree?
20.01.2015, by Elana Stein Hain
The third lecture in the Los Angeles Westside Synagogue Collective Lecture Series, "Inside, Outside, In Between: Jewish Peoplehood Today" read more>
Talking About Israel: Jews and Christians
07.01.2015, by Yehuda Kurtzer and Judy Yates Siker
A conversation at the San Francisco JCC about the challenges of talking about Israel across faith communties read more>
Fighting for Israel – Not Against It
29.12.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
When did we all agree to substitute coercion for persuasion? What is happening to the increasingly lost art of firmly, passionately arguing our positions – to say with respect and conviction to another person, “This is why you are wrong”? read more>
Reconciling with the Past for the Sake of the Future
29.12.2014, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
From Abraham to Joseph, the “first families” of Genesis – like all families – certainly know their share of suffering, envy, deceit and love read more>
Israel: Commitment and Criticism
19.12.2014, by Rani Jaeger
Addressing how Jews in Israel and North America balance between their commitment to Israel and their right to criticize its actions and policies This is not a theoretical question but a debate that many of us have on a personal level as well as in our communities and as citizens of the countries that we live in. We will attempt to find a relevant way to address this question through a deep look into generations of Jewish and Zionist thought. read more>
Peoplehood Across The Divide: What Do Jews in Israel and America Owe One Another?
18.12.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
The second lecture of ‘Inside, Outside, In Between,’ the Los Angeles Westside Synagogue Collaborative lecture series read more>
Abraham’s Lesson: Quality Over Quantity in Push for Jewish Continuity
16.12.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
We need to stop stressing about 2.1 children read more>
The Memory of Miracles
09.12.2014, by Micah Goodman
Hanukkah is a celebration of miracles, events that by their nature stretch the limits of reason. How do rational people give meaning to the memory of irrational events? read more>
Conversion, Rabbinic Authority, and Power Imbalance in Orthodoxy
05.12.2014, by Elana Stein Hain
Panel discussion from the JOFA Unconference featuring Elana Stein Hain, Asher Lopatin (RLI I), and Mark Dratch, moderated by Laura Shaw-Frank read more>
Oh, the Humanity
26.11.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Peace in the Middle East cannot become a reality until we reconnect to our humanity read more>
Terror in Jerusalem: Once Again, the Banality of Evil
26.11.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
recognizing the very banality of this evil may be the most powerful and ethical way to salvage what we can in interpreting and working hard against the forces that keep this terrorism going read more>
The War on the Israeli Home Front
19.11.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Tuesday’s massacre and other recent Palestinian attacks in Jerusalem have been intimate, the terrorism of neighbors read more>
Is the Diaspora Good for the Jews?
19.11.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
An audio recording of a Brookings Institution panel discussion with Yehuda Kurtzer, William Galston, and Alan Wolfe read more>
Four Strategies for a Giving Society
17.11.2014, by Noam Zion
A look at biblical, rabbinic, Christian, Greek, and Maimonidean approaches to fundraising read more>
See Jerusalem’s Challenges and Rabin’s Murder in Context
13.11.2014, by Gil Troy
I am again experiencing the Great Israel Disconnect: do I believe what I read in the newspapers or what I witness daily? read more>
Talking About Israel: Jews and Muslims
13.11.2014, by Donniel Hartman and Imam Abdullah Antepli
The challenges of Jewish/Muslim dialogue, the role Zionism and Israel plays in interfaith relations, and why rising bigotry is not unique to one faith community, nor one-way read more>
Jewish-Muslim Relations: 1998 Video Interview
03.11.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Herbert Kaplow discusses the issues between the faiths with David Hartman read more>
The Ever-Changing Jews: The Jewish People in the 21st Century
02.11.2014, by Donniel Hartman
The first lecture of "Inside, Outside, In Between," the Los Angeles Westside Synagogue Collaborative lecture series read more>
Israel and the New Middle East Math
02.11.2014, by Donniel Hartman
It is time for us to change the equation and to implement both new language and new policies if we are to shape a New Math in the Middle East read more>
Adapt Conversion to Today’s Judaism
02.11.2014, by Shraga Bar-On
One must enable different Israeli communities to build meaningful conversion processes of their own that will reflect today’s Israeli Jewish community. read more>
Hamas, Gaza, and the Terrorist’s Code of Ethics
12.10.2014, by Alexander Yakobson and Yitzhak Benbaji
It’s difficult to keep military targets away from the civilian population in a densely populated strip of land like Gaza. But any fair discussion of Israel’s combat methods must also take into account Hamas’ contempt for human life read more>
What Are They Doing Here?
12.10.2014, by Marcie Lenk
There are Christian groups and individuals here in the hope of learning about Judaism and supporting Israel, and those are the ones who make Israelis scratch their heads read more>
Can We Create Places for All of Israel’s Tribes?
08.10.2014, by Call & Responsa
V. 1, N. 1 Introduction
Our initial segment features a video of Shalom Hartman Institute President Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman setting out the basic components of ‘Tribes of Israel:rsquo;. How does the first family of the Jewish people become a tribe over the course of the Torah? What does this mean for the Jewish people today? The rabbinic respondents, Daniel Bogard of Anshei Emeth of Peoria, Illinois, and J. Rolando Matalon of B’nai Jeshurun of New York, offer commentary that challenges some of the very concepts of ‘Tribes’
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Concept of ‘Tribes’ Minimizes Enormous Challenges Before Us
07.10.2014, by Call & Responsa
V. 1, N. 1 By J. Rolando Matalon
The concept of tribes as an organizing principle for the diverse communities that form Israel’s mosaic may serve as a reminder of our kinship and of the cohesion we enjoyed for a short time during our nation’s biblical beginnings. But its use in the context of the present masks and minimizes the enormous challenges before us
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Concept of Tribes Helps Us Understand the Contemporary World
07.10.2014, by Call & Responsa
V. 1, N. 1 By Daniel Bogard
I may profoundly disagree with the way that Haredi Jews live their lives and understand our world, but the power in tribal identity is in our collective memory of having once been a family. As long as my particular tribe (American Liberal Jews) can keep the image of Abraham our Ancestor and his family as central in our memories, I am obliged to make room for all of the other tribes of Israel, my fellow family members
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New Year, New Selichot
05.10.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Each year I wonder whether You hear our prayers. Do You listen to the alphabetical list and wonder: How come they moved from bet to gimel so soon, when there are at least four more sins beginning with bet? read more>
At Rosh Hashana: Grief, Fear, Hope
28.09.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
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Teshuva and Heshbon Hanefesh in a Time of Darkness
24.09.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
In an age of divine absence, how can we cultivate a meaningful process of teshuvah that doesn`t force easy answers, and at the same time a culture of heshbon ha-nefesh that isn`t blocked by our impulses to defensiveness? read more>
To Be a Peaceaholic: A New Year’s Resolution
22.09.2014, by Donniel Hartman
As the New Year begins, with its call for honest self-assessment, it is time to recognize that we do not merely have a public relations or image problem but a substantive challenge both within Israel, and in our relationship with our friends read more>
Why I’m Grateful to Feel at Exile in Israel this Rosh Hashana
21.09.2014, by Leon Morris
Making aliyah is proving to also be an opportunity to experience life as an outsider, evoking greater empathy and compassion. Being an immigrant to Israel is a reminder of how most of us are simultaneously insiders and outsiders everywhere we go, finally coming home but feeling in exile read more>
For Israel Engagement on Campus: Coaches, not Cheerleaders
15.09.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
There is a mounting, murmuring anxiety for what awaits Jewish students on college campus this year in the wake of the summer’s war read more>
How Do Israelis Cope?
15.09.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
This is a society of believers. Even those who don’t believe in God tend to believe in the enduring mystery of Jewish survival read more>
Sukkot: A Guide for Understanding and Celebrating
14.09.2014, by Noam Zion
This special, in-depth collection of articles and activities about Sukkot is designed for uploading and reading on a Kindle or Kindle app on devices such as an iPad or smartphone read more>
More than Praying for the Peace of Jerusalem, Be My Messenger
02.09.2014, by Noam Zion
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Rosh Hashana Table Talk: Trying a New Path
01.09.2014, by Noam Zion
Halacha or Jewish law means literally “a way of walking” and Rosh Hashana is about checking your bearings and taking new paths where necessary read more>
I Have Two Nightmares About a Palestinian State
01.09.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
That there won’t be one—and that there will be one read more>
Seder Rosh Hashana
28.08.2014, by Noam Zion
The content in this special collection is designed to be easily readable on Kindle e-readers. To upload this content to your Kindle, simply click on the small, orange letter k to the right of the printer icon on the top right-hand side of this page read more>
‘Tonight, We’re Going to be Israelis’
25.08.2014, by Sue Levi Elwell
American rabbis learn what Israelis go through when a siren blares during a rabbinic program lecture read more>
War and Our Jewish Souls
22.08.2014, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
Too many families are in mourning for those they have lost, and too many innocent people have lost their lives read more>
Is a Personal God Possible After the Holocaust?
19.08.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Lindenbaum lecture series, 2009, Part 1 read more>
Did We Win the War? ‘Everything OK?’
07.08.2014, by Donniel Hartman
The popular Israeli greeting belies an illusion about the world we live in read more>
Israel in Trying Times: Unity Not Uniformity
03.08.2014, by Sharon Brous
All the talk about sympathy and empathy and self-reflection, even during war time, is not only spiritually essential, but also strategically critical read more>
Time for a (Social) Ceasefire
03.08.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Yehuda thinks that social media does not improve the public discourse in times of crisis. read more>
L’cha Dodi and the Kabbalist Background to Kabbalat Shabbat
30.07.2014, by Noam Zion
This special presentation of articles and essays about Shabbat is designed to be uploaded and read on a Kindle e-reader read more>
The Cost of Fighting, The Cost of Not Fighting
28.07.2014, by Alexander Yakobson
Given their indifference to civilian casualties, Hamas’ conduct is not irrational - merely vile. God help us if we can`t persuade them that it is irrational read more>
The War in Gaza: What I Know and What I Do Not Know
28.07.2014, by Donniel Hartman
I don’t know if our society will have the fortitude and wisdom to navigate this path with the same skill and acumen as we exhibit when confronting our external enemies. I know that we must find the strength to do so read more>
The Spirit of Innovation
18.07.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
A panel discussion moderated by Yehuda Kurtzer featuring Joy Leavitt, Asher Lopatin, and Elana Stein Heain read more>
A Prayer for the State of Israel
16.07.2014, by Donniel Hartman
On the last day of this summer’s Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar, after the onset of the latest hostilities between Israel and Hamas, Shalom Hartman Institute President Donniel Hartman wrote and read a special prayer as his goodbye to the program’s rabbis read more>
Against the Racism of Fear
15.07.2014, by Shlomit Harrosh
It is the more mundane forms of racism that must be combated if we are to prevent the next sadistic murder read more>
Chevraya - Coming Together as a Community
14.07.2014, by Tilly Shames
On the conclusion of Cohort II of the Hartman Fellowship for Campus Professionals read more>
Revenge and Violence or Peace and Ethics?
10.07.2014, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
Vengeful killings only continue a state of continuous cycle and spirit of enmity and violence read more>
Jewish Values and the Two State Solution: The Jew in the World
10.07.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Donniel Hartman delivers shiur on "Jewish Values and the Two State Solution: The Jew in the World" ath the Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar, #HartmanSummer 2014: "A Time for War, a Time for Peace." Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem read more>
Rachel Korazim: Conflicting Narratives of War and Peace in Modern Society
09.07.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Rachel Korazim delivers a shiur on the "Conflicting Narrative of War and Peace in Modern Israeli Society" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Wars and Apocalyptics in the Bible: Isaiah and Ezekiel
08.07.2014, by Micah Goodman
Micah Goodman lectures on the "Wars and Apocalyptics in the Bible: Isaiah and Ezekiel" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Aaron Panken: The Future of Liberal Judaism in North America
08.07.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Aaron Panken lectures on the "The Future of Liberal Judaism in North America" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
The Sanctification of Life In Memory of ‘Our Boys’
08.07.2014, by Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Essay adapted from remarks at a memorial service held at Toronto’s Congregation Shaarei Shomayim on July 7, 2014 read more>
"The Problem of Power and The Nature of Political Crime: Reflections on the Book of Samuel"
06.07.2014, by Moshe Halbertal
Moshe Halbertal lectures on the "The Problem of Power and The Nature of Political Crime: Reflections on the Book of Samuel" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Fania Oz-Salzberger: "Jews and Words"
06.07.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Fania Oz-Salzberger lectures on "Jews and Words" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
The Rabbinic Narrative of Pacifism and its Modern Critics
03.07.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Yehuda Kurtzer delivers shiur on ‘Rabbinic Narrative of Pacifism and its Modern Critics’ at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Like Dreamers: Yossi Klein Halevi with Donniel Hartman (Video)
02.07.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Evening program from annual Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar read more>
20th Century Philosophies of War: Insights from the Diaspora
02.07.2014, by Elana Stein Hain
Elana Stein Hain lectures on the 20th Century Philosophies of War: Insights from the Diaspora at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Community Leadership Retreat in Jerusalem, Israel, July 2, 2014 read more>
War as an Inner Struggle: From Rabbinic Imagination to Kabbalah
02.07.2014, by Melila Hellner-Eshed
Melila Hellner Eshed lectures on the War as an Inner Struggle: From Rabbinic Imagination to Kabbalah at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. July 2, 2014 read more>
Like Dreamers
02.07.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein HaLevi discusses his new book, "Like Dreamers" with Donniel Hartman at #HartmanSummer 2014 at the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar: "A Time for War, a Time for Peace" in Jerusalem read more>
An Evening with Donniel Hartman
01.07.2014, by Donniel Hartman
An evening with Donniel Hartman at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Community Leadership Retreat and Rabbinic Torah Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Rachel Korazim: Conflicting Narrative of War and Peace in Modern Israeli Society
01.07.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Rachel Korazim lectures on the Conflicting Narrative of War and Peace in Modern Israeli Society at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Community Leadership Retreat in Jerusalem, July 1, 2014 read more>
Women Warriors in the Jewish Tradition (Video)
01.07.2014, by Lauren Berkun
#HartmanSummer 2014, Community Leadership Summer Retreat in Israel read more>
Ari Shavit: My Promised Land
01.07.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Ari Shavit discusses his book, "My Promised Land" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar and Community Leadership Program Retreat in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
"Images of God: A Man of War or a Man of Peace?"
01.07.2014, by Israel Knohl
Israel Knohl lectures on "Images of God: A Man of War or a Man of Peace?" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
The Challenges and Problematics of the Jewish Narrative of Peace (RTS)
30.06.2014, by Donniel Hartman
June 30, 2014, lecture to the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar, titled, ‘A Time for War, A Time for Peace’ read more>
"Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Jew and the World"
29.06.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Donniel Hartman lectures on the "Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Jew and the World" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Rabbinic Community Leadership Retreat, Israel read more>
Minna Tzemach, Uri Regev: "The New Front Lines of State and Religion in Israel: The Debate Around Civil Marriage"
26.06.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Minna Tzemcah and Uri Regev discuss "The New Front Lines of State and Religion in Israel: The Debate Around Civil Marriage" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Community Leadership Retreat in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
"The Rabbinic Narrative of Pacifism and its Modern Critics"
26.06.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Yehuda Kurtzer lectures on "The Rabbinic Narrative of Pacifism and its Modern Critics" at the #HartmanSummer 2014 Community Leadership Retreat in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
‘Like Dreamers’: Yossi Klein Halevi in Conversation With Donniel Hartman (Video)
25.06.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Video discussion about the award-winning book read more>
The Challenges and Problematics of the Jewish Narrative of Peace (Video)
25.06.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Donniel Hartman: The Challenges and Problematics of the Jewish Narrative of Peace. Opening lecture of #HartmanSummer 2014, Community Leadership Retreat, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem read more>
After the Success and Failure of Zionism
24.06.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Video: The Future of Diaspora-Israeli Relations - 2014 Robert P. Kogod Annual Lecture read more>
What a Muslim American Learned from Zionists
24.06.2014, by Rabia Chaudry
During a visit to an institute in Israel, I gained a new perspective on a belief that I once saw as toxic read more>
A Time for War, A Time for Peace
16.06.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Background readings for Summer 2014. Optimized for the Kindle read more>
Do You Still Think Reform Jews are Idolators?
15.06.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
It is essential today that you not only retract those words about Reform Judaism but also work to heal the rift between the Jewish people and Israel that it creates, and to alleviate the skepticism that many liberal Jews in America are already experiencing about your ability to lead the Jewish State read more>
Great Leaders Take Great Risks
13.06.2014, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
When the Jewish people have great leadership, times of great uncertainty have become times of opportunity and transformation read more>
Video: The Inevitability of Dissent: A Rabbinic Case Study
12.06.2014, by Elana Stein Hain
The Torah recognizes the existence of the conscientious objector, the zaqen mamre, and the Rabbis note the significance of lo titgodedu, an injunction not to become fractious read more>
Video: Guns and Jews - The Challenge of Consensus Politics
12.06.2014, by Steve Greenberg
Exploring what is at stake in this debate and how communities and organizations are navigating the challenging waters read more>
Shavuot is Relevant Even for the Non-Believer
08.06.2014, by Tal Becker
We do not enter the earth free and clear to invent ourselves from naught. Like it or not, we are born into a legacy, a tradition, and a set of values that should draw us into a dialogue and shape our identity and sense of meaning. That dialogue may be one of reverence, or of rebellion, or of something in between. But at its heart, it prizes the idea that for the Jewish people to stake a claim to a truer and healthier future requires that we also be honest, learned, and engaged in the claim our heritage has upon us read more>
National Law and Israel’s ‘Jewishness’
08.06.2014, by Shraga Bar-On
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Pew, Continuity, and Conversion
02.06.2014, by Zvi Zohar
The October 2013 Pew Report underscored the fragility of the Jewish future in North America, and has led to anguished discussions regarding how to decrease the number of Jews relinquishing Judaism and Jewish identification in favor of other options. Given the nature of the American religious scene, it is impossible to assure Jewish continuity by such a strategy alone. Rather, only if a complimentary strategy of easing conversion is joined with the first, do we stand a chance of achieving continuity read more>
How to Move Mountains: Questions for North American Jewry
02.06.2014, by Elana Stein Hain
Rabbi Akiva offers a model for challenging assumed norms useful to both sides of the conversation read more>
The Meaning of Time and Living a Life of Meaning
16.05.2014, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
Every culture measures time in particular ways, but Judaism teaches us to constantly reframe it read more>
Shavuot and the Meaning of the Covenant
14.05.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
As we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Sinai, we should pause to consider the covenantal relationship that Sinai represents. Understanding our relationship with the divine begins with understanding our covenant with Him: a covenant that presents us with a world that is waiting to be shaped by human initiative and action read more>
Who Needs a Jewish-State Bill?
11.05.2014, by Daniel Statman
One cannot support the right of Jews for self-determination without supporting a similar right for Palestinians read more>
Yizkor - I Remember
08.05.2014, by Donniel Hartman
On Yom Hazikaron, Donniel remembers his brother-in-law, Arele Katz, who died when his plane was shot over Lebanon read more>
Reimagining Jewish-Muslim Relations: A Response to My Jewish Critics
08.05.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein Halevi responds to the criticism on his piece with Imam Abdullah, supporting the Brandeis University decision to rescind awarding Ayaan Hirsi Ali with an honorary degree read more>
A New Zionism
08.05.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Audio recording of lecture on a new way for Diaspora Jewry to think about Zionism read more>
Can We Tell a Tale of Two Zions?
06.05.2014, by Mishael Zion
Celebrating the path of self-sovereign Jewish life in our ancestral homeland doesn’t require Israel to be the only tale of Jewish life in the modern world read more>
Israel and the Diaspora: Two Foci of a Single Ellipse
06.05.2014, by Justus Baird
The birthday of the Jewish State forces an existential question on us diaspora Jews: what is our compelling mission and purpose for Judaism outside of the land of Israel? read more>
Israel: Values Nation
01.05.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Audio recording of lecture on the values in the Jewish nation read more>
Zionism: The Question of Sovereignty 2
01.05.2014, by Micah Goodman
Audio recording of lecture on Jewish peoplehood read more>
Presidents, Relevance, and Naming Some Elephants
01.05.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
The surprisingly one-sided vote by the Conference of Presidents to reject J Street’s membership provides a moment to learn something significant about our community read more>
Zionism: The Question of Sovereignty
29.04.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Audio recording of lecture on Jewish peoplehood read more>
Jewish People and the Challenge of Identity
29.04.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Audio recording of lecture on Jewish peoplehood read more>
How the Different Interpretations of the Exodus Shape Our Vision of Jewish History
29.04.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Audio recordings of 2010-2011 lecture series read more>
After Israel: The Jewish People After the Jewish State
29.04.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Audio recording of Daniel Gordis lecture on The Jewish People After the Jewish State read more>
The Jewish People and the State of Israel
29.04.2014, by Ruth Gavison
Audio recording of lecture on the Jewish people and the State of Israel read more>
The Value of Peoplehood
29.04.2014, by Micah Goodman
Audio recording of lecture on Jewish peoplehood read more>
The Day After the Negotiations Fail
29.04.2014, by Donniel Hartman
We need to prepare for the day after, to ensure that the cessation of the current peace negotiations does not at the same time unleash an uncontrollable process and narrative which will create a broader reality alien to who we are and detrimental to who we want to be read more>
A Jewish State: Semantics Vs. The Real Thing
23.04.2014, by Alexander Yakobson
The real question is not whether the Palestinians are willing to accept some semantic formula having to do with the Jewish state, but whether they are ready to accept the Jewish state itself read more>
What Muslims and Jews Should Learn From Brandeis
23.04.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi and Imam Abdullah Antepli
We call upon our communities to follow Brandeis’ example and refrain from honoring those whose goal is to dishonor the other read more>
How the Past Can Redeem the Future
18.04.2014, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
How we remember our history ultimately determines our moral identity read more>
The Song of the Sea, the Song of Miriam
09.04.2014, by Shraga Bar-On
We do not need to choose between God and human rights or between God and women’s rights read more>
Challenges Facing the Jewish Community
08.04.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Yehuda Kurtzer delivered one of the inaugural J-Talks at the JCC Association Convention in San Diego, Calif., highlighting paradigm shifts and challenges that will face the Jewish community in the next five to ten years. read more>
A Human Being in Beit Safafa
07.04.2014, by Shlomit Harrosh
Most of us never imagine having to wake up one morning to find our property vandalized and racist writing covering our walls. And yet to some extent this is the reality of many Israeli Palestinians read more>
Rebuild the Temple? Not in Our Time
03.04.2014, by Marcie Lenk
Discussions about Jewish access to and control of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount are drawing heated responses in both Israel’s and Jordan’s parliaments, even as the idea of building a Third Temple and restoring sacrificial worship there is preposterous in the minds of the vast majority of Jews and Israelis. Yet the question of what Jews think about building a new Temple comes up with virtually every Christian group that I teach read more>
The Quiet Rise of the Israeli Center
01.04.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The Israeli centrist embraces insights from both the right and left read more>
Making Memory: Pesach and Radical Imagination
27.03.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
A look at the interplay between memory and creativity in Jewish ritual through the lens of Passover read more>
Why Might Theology Matter?
25.03.2014, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
Judaism is only one source of meaning in this world- theology guides us read more>
A Jewish State: It’s Our Problem, Not Theirs
18.03.2014, by Donniel Hartman
When Palestinian right of return is combated through the language of Jewish statehood, we are both shifting the conversation away from the central issue and at the same time, giving the Palestinians the tools to reject our legitimate concerns read more>
The Book of Esther is a Manifesto for Jewish Peoplehood
16.03.2014, by Shraga Bar-On
It is interesting that precisely in times of crisis we ‘lose’ our survival instinct and decide to fight back, to choose a mission read more>
What the Debate with the Haredim is Really About
12.03.2014, by Daniel Statman
Tikkun olam is not achieved by the study of disagreements between medieval commentators on Baba Kamma, but by engaging in the real world and attempting to make it a better place for Jews and non-Jews alike read more>
Leaving the Ultra-Orthodox World - With No Other Choice
11.03.2014, by Yakir Englander
A young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman once contacted me with a serious question: ”Should I leave the ultra-Orthodox community?” My reply to her was, “Since you have asked, ‘Should I?’ — then the answer is, ‘No!’” read more>
First, Have a Conversation About What Each Person Values
09.03.2014, by Gail Swedroe
Jews and Muslims need to be able to take a step back from the rhetoric and engage in personal reflection read more>
Let Us Help You Help Us
09.03.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
A true sense of Jewish peoplehood would seek to understand what is different and still in common in expressions of Jewish identity as it manifests in different places, and would ask: how do we cultivate that sensibility for the betterment of our relationship, even if it requires that certain characteristics of the other community may never change? read more>
Purim: Joy in the Midst of Uncertainty
03.03.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
The story of Purim is a classic account of our people’s confrontation with brute anti-Semitism. Our bodies and not only our spirit were threatened with extinction. Nevertheless, Haman’s genocidal scheme was not realized read more>
Sorry for The Inconvenience
26.02.2014, by Tal Becker
There should be no inherent contradiction between being results-oriented and being well-mannered read more>
It’s Not About Kerry. It’s About Us
26.02.2014, by Donniel Hartman
Our challenge in a non-redeemed world, however, is to keep those values alive and to do everything in our power to shape our world and not be shaped by it read more>
Auschwitz or Sinai: Metaphor and the Meaning of Modern Israel
26.02.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
David Hartman wrote in 1982 of two metaphors for how we are to relate to Israel: "Auschwitz" demands vigilance against external threats, prioritizing the value of Jewish survival; "Sinai" sees Jewish sovereignty guided by the aspiration to achieve the covenant with God. Three decades later, this tension remains in our communal conversation. Which metaphor is more accurate in understanding the state of Israel, and what does it mean to hold onto such metaphors in our relationship to it? read more>
Diving Into Israel Education
17.02.2014, by Jill Shoshany
Reflecting on the iEngage session from Moving The Needle, the RAVSAK/PARDES Jewish Day School Leadership Conference 2014 read more>
Getting Rid of the Echo
16.02.2014, by Marcie Lenk
Getting out of our echo chambers and beginning to listen to those whose words make us uncomfortable may be difficult and even painful, but it is a necessary first step, because if we do not listen at all, then we cannot begin working out our differences read more>
Let’s Bet on Peace
16.02.2014, by Sharon Brous
Let’s help John Kerry succeed — let’s help Israelis and Palestinians succeed — by amplifying the voices of hope and possibility read more>
Leadership and Confrontation: Lessons from Moses and God
13.02.2014, by Melissa Weintraub
Lessons from this week`s parasha, Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35 read more>
Winds of Change Conference Video: Israel and World Jewry
12.02.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Israel and World Jewry: Yossi Klein Halevi, Daniel Gordis, Tamar Elad-Applebaum, Daniel Landes - Panel discussion during 2014 Shalom Hartman Institute Conference, Winds of Change, 2/2/2014 read more>
Secretary of State Kerry Deserves Respect and Gratitude
09.02.2014, by Peter Joseph
For while the US government, including Secretary Kerry, are on record firmly opposing BDS and other attempts to isolate Israel, there are also limits to its ability to prevent such activities read more>
Excluding Judaism from Israeli Discourse not Just an Academic Question
09.02.2014, by Daniel Statman
By not bringing a more humanistic interpretation to the public, academics will make the tradition a captive of nationalists and extremists read more>
A Jew-free Palestine?
03.02.2014, by Donniel Hartman
There is a new reality on the ground, and the realm of politics is not the domain for messianic aspirations but rather a framework in which ideas, values, and interests meet the real world and accommodate that world in an attempt to implement the best of what is possible read more>
The Naked Law and The Hope of Israel
31.01.2014, by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi
The possibility of self-correction was what Rabbi Prof. David Hartman z"l thought was so religiously exciting about Israel read more>
The Religious Problem of Environmental Ethics
30.01.2014, by Shalom Hartman Institute
2014 Edward Bronfman Family Foundation Annual Lecture on Religious Pluralism read more>
Please Misunderstand Me
26.01.2014, by Tal Becker
We do no disservice to our positions by recognizing the doubts and costs that may be associated with them read more>
Eviatar Banai’s Journey to Wholeness
23.01.2014, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Something good is happening to Evyatar Banai, one of our most gifted singers and songwriters. And that’s good news for Israeli culture and, perhaps, a sign of hope for the healing of Israeli society read more>
Yehuda Kurtzer on Shalom TV's L'Chayim
20.01.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Rabbi Marc Golub chats with SHI-NA President Kurzter on a range of contemporary Jewish issues read more>
Looking Past the Walls
19.01.2014, by Marcie Lenk
These walls prevent us from seeing the many services provided by “others” read more>
It Was Never About Rabbi Avi Weiss
19.01.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
What the recent controversy over one rabbi’s legitimacy really represents read more>
Thank You For Marching
12.01.2014, by Donniel Hartman
We have a right to assess the extent of our tzedakah and the extent to which we open our doors. But as Jews, we do not have a right to deny our Jewish values and responsibility or to pursue a policy of moral indifference and embrace a valueless status quo read more>
‘And Thou Shalt Love the Stranger’
12.01.2014, by Daniel Statman
Why are Israelis so inhospitable to Africans residing among us? read more>
Putting Aside That Old Jewish Pessimism
07.01.2014, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Potpourri of Predictions for 2014 read more>

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