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One Mount, Two Religions, Three Proposals
12.05.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
The controversy over the Temple Mount is again threatening to ignite the region. Three Israeli and Jewish viewpoints suggest a different perspective on the holiness of the site and the meaning of sovereignty over it. Professor Israel Knohl relates to the partial fulfillment of Yeshayahu’s vision; Professor Elhanan Reiner explains the idea behind aliyah le’regel; and Professor Menachem Fisch explains that the holiness of place is not connected to ownership. read more>
On Revolutions and the Jews
Is it coincidental that Jews had an important role in several major revolutions of the modern era or are Jews just prone to revolutions? Does Jewish culture recognize the possibility of revolution and possibly even encourage it, or is revolutionary consciousness foreign to Jewish culture? In light of the wave of revolution in the Arab world, Professors Avi Sagi and Menachem Lorberbaum discuss the concept of revolution and its place in the Jewish world - from the period of the Bible through the beginning of the Zionist era to today read more>
Sephardic Halachic Rulings: From Moderation and Inclusion to Extremism and Separatism?
Did the Jewish communities in the Islamic world really have a more moderate tradition, and, if so, why has it been abandoned by Sephardic religious leaders in recent decades? The case of Rabbi Amsalem of the Shas political party raises an issue that goes deeper than immediate political concern, touching on the adoption of an Ashkenazi-haredi halachic attitude by Sephardic religious leadership. Hartman Institute research fellows Professor Zvi Zohar and Dr. Ariel Picard discuss Sephardic religious rulings and offer different interpretations of the changes that these have undergone read more>
The Natural Gas Royalties: Political Ethics and Economic Sense
10.11.2010, by Reflections 11
What are the considerations behind the demand to allow the public to share in the profits of the natural resources discovered in the Mediterranean Sea? Is it possible to force the investors to accept an increase in the state’s share of the profits, after the former took a substantial financial risk? And is there justification for changing the agreement retroactively? Hartman Institute researchers Professor Noam Zohar and Dr. Dani Attas delve into the moral and political dilemmas behind the heated debate read more>
Israeli Society and the ‘Society of Learners’
29.07.2010, by Reflections
Should Israel support a ‘society of learners’ in which ultra-Orthodox men study over the course of their adult lives and not join the workforce or serve in the army? Professors Shlomo Naeh, Zvi Zohar and Elhanan Reiner discuss the place of Torah scholars throughout the generations and the relevance of models from Jewish history for today read more>
The Jewish Bookshelf: How Do We Bring the Israeli Public Closer to Jewish Texts?
In recent years, Jewish texts have been prominently on display during Book Week. On the one hand, there is a feeling that the Jewish bookshelf remains in the domain of the religious community and that in every generation more and more young people are becoming removed from it. To mark this year’s Book Week, Professor Moshe Halbertal, Dr. Gili Zivan and Dr. Micah Goodman discuss the question of how close today’s community of readers are to the Jewish People’s cultural assets and whether commercial projects such as the “People of the Book” series in Yediot Ahronot are able to attract a new generation of readers read more>
Between Personal and National: How Do We Create Meaning Through Memorial Ceremonies?
30.05.2010, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Memorial ceremonies demand that we express in words events whose meaning goes beyond any text or symbol, and perhaps that is why so many of us have reservations about such ceremonies. Nonetheless, the collective memory created at these ceremonies has enormous social importance. What is therefore the “correct” way to create a collective memory? What are we trying to achieve? Is there a place for personal and intimate expression on the ceremony stage? Three researchers and educators at the Hartman Institute - Noam Zion, Dorit Glasser and Rani Jaeger - try to answer these questions, each from their own perspective read more>
Rereading Passover: Redemption and the Rational Mind
28.03.2010, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Passover, writes Rabbi Prof. David Hartman, is meant to celebrate and sustain our deep yearning for freedom, not necessarily to show that God can change the order of the universe. Passover is a holiday that inculcates the belief that man will overcome oppression, that freedom will reign throughout the world. The faith that tyranny will ultimately be vanquished is deeply embedded in the significance of Passover read more>
Where are the Mehadrin buses taking us – On gender separation on buses
Is the approval of bus lines, on which men sit in the front and women in the back, an expression of cultural tolerance or perhaps a hechsher (permit) to oppress and exclude women? Does the obligation of a democratic society to protect the culture of a minority override the responsibility to maintain basic values? And does the issue of Mehadrin buses constitute a self-righteous attack on the Ultra-Orthodox sector? Does it distract attention from other types of segregation, or does it touch on the core ethical questions that should be of concern to Israeli citizens? Professor Avi Sagi, Professor Adi Ophir and Dr. Iris Brown offer their opinions. read more>

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