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Graceful Masculinity
17.06.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
G-d, the source of all genders, has many male attributes and is also the source of all good. The humility and respect that G-d has for the space that we take up in this world, despite the actual power differential that exists between the Creator and Their creations, provides an important template for our interpersonal interactions where the power differences are only a social construction read more>
It is Possible to be Moved by the Flag of Zion Waving
23.05.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Emuna Elon: The religious-Zionist public views Jerusalem Day as a true holiday, rejoicing in flag waving and parades, and hoping that other audiences will join in. The enthusiastic grasp of these values by the religious part of the public creates the impression that these ideals are their monopoly read more>
Jerusalem Day is a Day of Prayer for the Future
21.05.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Muki Tzur: I’m not willing to say that I’m giving up the holiday, because I’m in another political camp. For me, Jerusalem Day is a day of prayer for the future. Not a day of victory in the war, but a holiday of commitment to peace. I am not naive and do not hold on to an illusion. It is clear to me that this is a painful process, but I do not give up hope read more>
Reflections on Summer 2018: Becoming an Expert Questioner
21.08.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
RLI challenges us to see strength, wisdom and insight in complexity, and view layers of meaning as sacred and valuable in the development of purpose, mission and growth. read more>
I Am the Egg (Wo)Man: Reflections on Rosh Chodesh Av & Tisha B’Av
15.07.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
For the sake of Jerusalem I will not, I cannot, I must not be silent read more>
At Pesach, We Cannot Ignore Those in the US and Israel Whose Stories Could Be Ours
19.03.2018, by Denise L. Eger
We can be that outstretched arm, that helping hand for the undocumented, the dreamers and the African refugees in Israel, so that we can join with them in the redemptive hope and taste the sweetness of freedom obtained read more>
RLI Reflections - Winter 2018 in Jerusalem
21.02.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Rabbis in the Rabbinic Leadership Inititiative VI cohort wrote about their Winter 2018 retreat in Jerusalem. read more>
‘Putting God Second’ Challenges Us to Think Critically About Tradition
19.09.2016, by Vernon Kurtz
Donniel Hartman challenges all of us to live a life of ethics, morality, and humility, motivated by a belief in God which ennobles our lives and those around us read more>
Sacred Tension
15.09.2016, by Shalom Hartman Institute
iEngage Summer Internship participant Emma Maier writes about her experience learning and working at Shalom Hartman Institute this past summer read more>
We Must Ignore the Destructive Teachings of Scriptures
13.09.2016, by Gerald L. Zelizer
The sacred literature and history of each contain both peaceful and violent components. It depends where the voice who speaks for the religion chooses to look read more>
The Spiritual Power of Saying ‘I Don’t Know’
12.07.2016, by Steven Moskowitz
Although we traditionally define the Torah as the opening five books of the Bible, we should not limit it to that in our minds read more>
Israeli Jewish Identity in Contemporary Literature (Video)
12.07.2016, by Rachel Korazim
Rachel Korazim: Israeli Jewish Identity in Contemporary Literature, Lecture to Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS), What is a Jew: Dilemmas of Identity in the 21st Century, July 12, 2016, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Tamar Elad Appelbaum: Challenges Facing Israeli Identity
10.07.2016, by Shalom Hartman Institute
During the 2016 Hartman Summer programs for community leaders and rabbis, we held four sets of evening programs, two each for the two groups. Each group saw several Hartman and affiliated scholars and speakers discuss Challenges of American Jewish Identity, and then Challenges of Israeli Identity. (2016 HART Talk) read more>
On Modern Jewish Identities (Video)
08.07.2016, by Moshe Halbertal
Moshe Halbertal: On Modern Jewish Identities, Lecture to Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS), What is a Jew: Dilemmas of Identity in the 21st Century, July 8, 2016, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Daniel Matt: Siyyum of the Translation of the Zohar on the Torah (Video)
06.07.2016, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Daniel Matt: Siyyum of the Translation of the Zohar on the Torah, interviewed by Biti Roi, Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS), What is a Jew: Dilemmas of Identity in the 21st Century, July 6, 2016, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Seth Farber: The Challenge of Conversion in Israel (2016 HART Talk)
04.07.2016, by Shalom Hartman Institute
2016 HART Talk to Community Leadership Program Summer Retreat, July 4, 2016, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel read more>
Rawnak Natour: Arab Identity in Israel (2016 HART Talk)
04.07.2016, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Ask me what my identity is, and you will receive a multifaceted answer: I am a Palestinian, I am an Arab, I am a woman. I am a citizen of Israel, a member of the minority, a native of this land - my homeland. read more>
A Tale of Two Families (2016 HART Talk)
04.07.2016, by Mishael Zion
During the 2016 Hartman Summer programs for community leaders and rabbis, we held four sets of evening programs, two each for the two groups. Each group saw several Hartman and affiliated scholars and speakers discuss Challenges of American Jewish Identity, and then Challenges of Israeli Identity. (2016 HART Talk) read more>
We Must Help Them Join Israeli Society
17.05.2016, by Tehilla Afriat and Yair Leibovitz
Yair and Tehilla, students at Hartman high schools, write about their experiences volunteering at the Hartman-Elifelet daycare center for children of refugees in south Tel Aviv read more>
Four Daughters: New Archetypes, New Questions
10.03.2016, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Each of the Four Daughters expresses a unique path from bondage to freedom in a national and human sense read more>
The Kotel Compromise: A Time for Rejoicing
07.02.2016, by Denise L. Eger
The historic vote by the Israeli Cabinet to create and fund an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, and the ongoing negotiations by the Reform movement in Israel and the United States are cause for celebration read more>
Why Muslims Celebrate a Jewish holiday
22.10.2015, by Haroon Moghul
Muslims will be fasting this Friday. It’s Ashura, the 10th day of the first month on the Islamic calendar -- just like Yom Kippur on the Jewish one read more>
Moving Beyond Our Comfort Zones: Seeking Signs of Peace in Israel and Palestine
30.08.2015, by Saud Anwar
My trips to the Middle East have unequivocally demonstrated that the place to begin is by getting to know the people. Sustaining the process is not about winning wars; it is about winning peace read more>
Righteousness, Justice by Sara Rae Perman
27.08.2015, by Summer 2015
We need to keep pursuing the right thing and keep working at justice. This means we need to reread, restudy, relearn our laws, whatever they may be read more>
Fixing the Brokenness on Tisha B’Av
03.08.2015, by Daniel Bogard and Karen Bogard
On Tisha B’Av, I invite all of us, Jewish and non-Jewish, to take a day of fasting and reflection, and to just cry for the brokenness all around us, remembering the teaching from the Book of Exodus: that the liberation from slavery in Egypt first had to begin with us crying out read more>
We Need Radical Pluralism
19.07.2015, by Amy Joy Small
The strength of the American Jewish community and Israel depends upon a commitment to maximize shared learning and experiences. The more we do together across lines of affiliation and organization, expanding Jewish discourse, the more likely those “giant steps backwards” will be reversed read more>
Shas, Reform Jews and our Inheritance
09.07.2015, by Steven Moskowitz
In response to the critique of Reform Jews, Steve Moskowitz says no one can be written out of the Jewish people. Our tradition is the inheritance of all read more>
We Cannot Call You ‘Minister’
09.07.2015, by Ken Chasen Yoshi Zweiback
Our sense of hevruta - fellowship - was deeply shaken when we heard the Israeli Minister of Religious Affairs, David Azoulay, say publicly that, regarding a Reform Jew, “I cannot permit myself to say that he is a Jew.” 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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
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>
Connected Through the Web of Life
25.11.2013, by Angelica Berrie - Chair, SHI-NA
Looking at the Philippine tragedy from two different spiritual foundations reinforces my belief that we are all one people read more>
Teaching ‘These and These’ to Campus Israel Activists
04.11.2013, by Tilly Shames
The executive director of the University of Michigan Hillel demonstrates how her Hartman training helped her bring students together read more>
Our Continuing Need for Heroes
09.10.2013, by Morley Feinstein
We need to find people to love, admire, to be our role models, people who live by the Golden Rule, whose empathy oozes from them in their morality and ethics read more>
Yom Kippur 5774: Auschwitz or Sinai?
29.09.2013, by Vernon Kurtz
We must create healthy Jewish societies based upon Jewish knowledge, a strong Jewish identity, a passion for Jewish living, and a love for the Jewish people read more>
Crafting a New Narrative
20.08.2013, by Emily Briskman
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What Grows In Between Scholars
13.08.2013, by Gerald Zoldan
David Hartman taught that the Bible describes a people who believe in God, and the Talmud describes a people who believe that God believes in people read more>
Becoming a Religiously Plural Nation
30.07.2013, by Molly T. Marshall
Jews and Christians need one another, for we clarify our respective identities as we think together about our heritage read more>
To Jerusalem and Back with RTS
29.07.2013, by Mark Schiftan
Summertime at the Hartman Institute offers an opportunity for rabbis to replenish themselves, to nurture and to nourish their own spiritual growth and their own Jewish souls, in the company of colleagues read more>
Of Bowling and Basketball - Reflections from CLP
17.07.2013, by Linna Ettinger
Linna Ettinger shares her thoughts from her first CLP Summer Retreat in June, 2013 read more>
A Passionate Philosopher and a Teacher of Torah
17.02.2013, by Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Ever passionate in his presentations and conversations, David would roar and argue, whisper and weep, always seeking a more penetrating and productive way to “learn and teach, to engage and to fulfill” the words of the Torah he so loved read more>
Life is Lived in Shades of Gray
03.11.2011, by Vernon Kurtz
Life is not lived in black and white. It is always about complex situations which call forth difficult decisions read more>
Israel Engagement or Disengagement?
10.09.2010, by Denise L. Eger
We have to encourage Israel to live up to its highest spiritual ideal and not to abandon Israel to the world’s anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric, says Rabbi Denise L. Eger, a member of the Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative read more>
Israel is Our New Covenant
30.08.2010, by Gerald L. Zelizer
The State of Israel is that New Covenant. The modern State of Israel is the chance to improve on the failure of our ancestors to live out the Torah. Back to Israel as our New Covenant a little later on. Please keep that image in mind read more>
Michael Walzer: “The State of Israel - What It Means to be Sovereign”
22.06.2010, by Michael Walzer
Michael Walzer: The State of Israel - What It Means to be Sovereign - 2010 Kogod Lecture, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem Israel. June 22, 2010 read more>
Shofar Calls Remind Us to be Present, Remember
09.09.2009, by Judith HaLevy
We all need to stay present as we drive our lives down this bumpy road of life read more>
Ritual Creation for Yom Ha’atzmaut
30.04.2009, by Vernon Kurtz
By creating mitzvot for Yom Ha’atzmaut, and placing it on religious calendar, we acknowledge ongoing responsibility to see it through lens of the Divine-human encounter on an ongoing basis read more>
Creating a Space for God’s Presence
12.03.2009, by Vernon Kurtz
From Illinois to Jerusalem to Tbilisi to Moscow and back, rabbi finds presence of God in Jewish communities read more>
Memories of the Future
15.01.2009, by Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Israel continues to fight a just war, avoiding as much as possible collateral damage to innocents. Keep alive the hope of better long-term relations between Israel and her neighbors read more>
At Hanukkah, Remember, Each of Us Can Make a Difference
25.12.2008, by Vernon Kurtz
Whether it is on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Israel or throughout the world, whether it is for those suffering in Darfur, whether it is in our own neighborhood for people who need assistance and support, we can make a difference read more>
God is a Parent on a Learning Curve
09.12.2008, by Morley Feinstein
The beginning of the Torah teaches how God lives with the mistakes of God’s children. God lives with things not being perfect. We too have to live with life not going the right way; imperfection is built in to the system read more>
Conversion Crisis a Violation by Haredim of God’s Teaching
26.11.2008, by Vernon Kurtz
The haredi rabbinate in Israel pushes stringencies in the law beyond what is necessary and the tendency of Israel is to accept decisions that have created a moment in Jewish history where our values are being destroyed and our people are being torn asunder read more>
What Are We Celebrating on Pesach?
31.03.2008, by Shalom Hartman Institute
The answer seems easy enough; on Pesach we should thank God for taking us out of Egyptian slavery and for choosing us to be his partner in the world. A most joyous holiday, we should avoid depressing reminders of our past read more>
Many of the lectures, seminars, and evening programs of the Summer 2013 programs at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, A Living Covenant: Confronting and Rethinking the Teachings of David Hartman, were recorded on video and are now available for online viewing.
Also, please note that you can watch all of these videos and more directly on the Shalom Hartman Institute YouTube channel.


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