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Purim: When the Sin Becomes the Mitzvah
24.03.2019, by Shaul Magid
We are commanded on Purim to engage in transgressive acts, even, or precisely because, our inclination would be against doing them. But it is only through such transgressions that Purim can achieve its purpose: to enable us to believe evil can be destroyed through inversion read more>
 
 
 
Pesach’s Many Questions: An Exploration Beyond the Classic Four
24.03.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Someone who knows all the laws of Passover is still required to ask questions, and scholars on their own at the Seder are required to ask themselves questions. But why? read more>
 
 
Tzav: Turning Over a New Leaf? Two Models of Atonement
20.03.2019, by Avital Hochstein
Atonement is straightening that which was crooked and is a process of renewal, but there is no such thing as new beginning without a past read more>
 
 
How Purim Came to Symbolize the New Culture of Pre-State Israel
19.03.2019, by Hizky Shoham
One of the most widely discussed questions in the literature about modern urban festivals is the question of originality: to what extent can a festival that has been reproduced from abroad for economic and political purposes construct a unique local identity? read more>
 
 
Jewish Meditation Tradition: Past and Present
17.03.2019, by Tomer Persico
The Jewish meditative tradition is a diverse collection of techniques and practices, originating at different eras and exhibiting varying characteristics. In this presentation, Tomer Persico offers a summation of the major trends of Jewish meditation following a chronological scheme, and aiming to underline the shifts in emphasis displayed by different Jewish Meditative paths, from Merkabah literature, through Kabbalah, Hasidism and ending with contemporary spirituality circles. Special consideration will be given to an evaluation of the similarities and differences between Jewish and Buddhist meditation. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Jack Petranker, director of the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages. read more>
 
 
Rise in Kahanism a Response to Crisis in Religious Zionism in Israel
17.03.2019, by Shaul Magid
The radical rabbi’s ideas and disciples are now in Israeli politics read more>
 
 
Vayikra: ‘If He Does Not Give Information’
14.03.2019, by Avital Hochstein
Even if we have not willingly chosen the circumstances that turned us into people who know, our obligation to fix, to purify, and to alert is not dependent on those circumstances read more>
 
 
Netanyahu Is Fighting Ghosts
10.03.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
The Israeli prime minister is running against a left that no longer exists read more>
 
 
Esther’s Not-So-Fairy-Tale Ending
10.03.2019, by Dr. Channa Pinchasi
This year when we fast on the Fast of Esther and when we read in the Scroll, ‘and if I perish, I perish,’ let us think about Esther and the sacrifice she made for all of us read more>
 
 
 
Hartman Institute Explores Purim, the ‘Strangest’ Holiday
10.03.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Is Purim just a time out, or does it offer an alternative worldview that can contribute to our self-understanding? Hartman Institute scholars present deeper meanings to this misunderstood holiday read more>
 
 
Nationalism, Marginalization, and Jewish Peoplehood
07.03.2019, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Video conversation between Yehuda Kurtzer and Micah Goodman at the 2019 Hartman Conference for a Jewish-Democratic Israel read more>
 
 
David Hartman: Israel is the Most Pluralistic Country
07.03.2019, by David Hartman Video
Adapted from a lecture by David Hartman in Toronto in 1987 read more>
 
 
VaYakhel-Pekudei: Bezalel’s Leadership an Additional Step in Leaving Egypt
07.03.2019, by Avital Hochstein
The leadership model that Bezalel presents is an added step in the distancing from Egypt, a step from a reality in which Moshe the man of God is the leader, toward the possibility of human leadership of a different kind read more>
 
 
 
Webinar Addressed Nationalism, Marginalization, and Jewish Peoplehood
05.03.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Watch a replay of the March 6, 2019, webinar with Yehuda Kurtzer and Micah Goodman, from the Annual Hartman Conference, this year focusing on Jewish Nationalism. read more>
 
 
From Independence to the Nation-State Law
04.03.2019, by Ariel Picard
2019 annual Hartman Conference will explore what it is that creates the tension between “Jewish” and “democratic” read more>
 
 
Which Torah Shall Emanate Out of Zion?
27.02.2019, by Donniel Hartman
Mr. Prime Minister, because of your actions, it is no longer clear whether it will be a Torah of hatred and injustice or a Torah of kindness and gentleness, a Torah of darkness or of light. Israel and the Jewish people need a leader for whom the answer is clear read more>
 
 
Shalom Hartman Institute 2019 Summer Accommodations
26.02.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
To help you plan for your visit to Jerusalem for summer 2019, here is information on places you may want to stay while participating in Shalom Hartman Institute programs read more>
 
 
Ki Tissa: From the Burning Bush to Sinai
20.02.2019, by Avital Hochstein
At the sneh, God presented himself as one who sees suffering and is moved by it, but at Sinai Moshe asks not only to be seen but also to see God read more>
 
 
How Jews Became ‘Too White, Too Powerful’ for US Progressive Activism
12.02.2019, by Sara Yael Hirschhorn
The responsibility of Jewish power and progressive activism today must be twofold: to recognize both the privilege and powerlessness of our past and present, while fiercely protecting the Jewish present and future read more>
 
 
Pesach Jews V. Purim Jews: The Agony of our Dilemma
10.02.2019, by Yossi Klein Halevi
“Passover Jews” are motivated by empathy with the oppressed; “Purim Jews” are motivated by by alertness to threat. One without the other creates an unbalanced Jewish personality and a distortion of Jewish history and values read more>
 
 
Terumah: The Receiving Giver
05.02.2019, by Avital Hochstein
God here is giving us one possible way of dealing with this danger, and that is to turn the tables by recognizing them and naming the need of the giver read more>
 
 
Zionism’s Race from the Bottom
04.02.2019, by Yehuda Kurtzer
The depravity of using a convicted killer in an election campaign must spur articulation of a morally better Zionism read more>
 
 
Mishpatim: Does the Majority Rule?
30.01.2019, by Avital Hochstein
The emphasis at the center of the story on this principle shifts from being a simple positive statement of following the majority, to one that carries with it echoes of the warning that sometimes one cannot and may not do or say what the majority determines. Even though it can be especially hard to stand up for your own opinion, stand up in the breach for what is right read more>
 
 
Yitro: Reflections on Divine and Human Voices at Sinai
23.01.2019, by Avital Hochstein
As long as in the formation of the covenant or relationship only one real actor is involved, it will be difficult for the other partner to feel whole in entering into the covenant, and to really hear it and respond to it read more>
 
 
The Two Worlds of ‘Mrs. Maisel’
23.01.2019, by Shaul Magid
Midge is not rebelling for the reasons everybody else does. She doesn’t have the self-esteem problem Joan Rivers had. She just wants an activity. And it is that banality that makes her so interesting and often quite funny, because she seems as confused as we are. read more>
 
 
Don’t Be Put Off by Israel’s Messy Politics. They are a Sign of a Functioning Democracy
23.01.2019, by Ariel Picard
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Beshallach: Let Us Not Long for the Desert: Reflections on the Pillar of Cloud
17.01.2019, by Avital Hochstein
We need to grab the golden opportunity that leaving the desert awards us and demands from us as Jews, as a sovereign people, and as global citizens read more>
 
 
Hartman Annual Conference to Explore Jewish Nationalism
16.01.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Save the Date for the Hartman Annual Conference, March 6, 2019. English session to feature Yehuda Kurtzer and Micah Goodman read more>
 
 
I’m a Sephardic Latina With an Intersectional Identity. That’s Why I Oppose the Women’s March
16.01.2019, by Mijal Bitton
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‘Judaism Shouldn’t Have to Stay Alive Only Because Jews Are Afraid of Everything Else’
16.01.2019, by Yair Ettinger
Groundbreaking U.S. Rabbi Angela Buchdahl explains why she changed her mind on Jewish intermarriage, and what it`s like to be the face of Judaism for many Americans, while not being kosher enough for Israel read more>
 
 
The Little-known Christian, Nebraskan roots of Tu B’Shvat
16.01.2019, by Hizky Shoham
Tu B’Shvat owes its rapid canonization in the Yishuv era, and thereafter in the entire Jewish world, to the strong desire that many Jewish urbanites - regardless of their affiliations - felt for village and rural life, and for their hope that the new Jewish agriculture would give rise to a more authentic Jewish culture read more>
 
 
 
Leon Wiener Dow’s ‘The Going’ Wins 2018 National Jewish Book Award
10.01.2019, by Shalom Hartman Institute
The Going: A Meditation on Jewish Law, won the Jewish Book Council’s 2018 National Jewish Book Award in the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. read more>
 
 
Parashat Bo: On Belonging and Otherness
10.01.2019, by Avital Hochstein
It’s not enough to expand or to include. We have an obligation to look at the way we go about including, how do we invite other people to join us, how we behave toward them when they do read more>
 
 
Vaera: On the Value of Stubbornness
03.01.2019, by Avital Hochstein
Stubbornness is a complex and harsh characteristic. It is no surprise, then, that Pharaoh who is considered to be one of the most wicked characters in the Torah is shown as being very stubborn. We see Pharaoh repeatedly refusing to engage with the reality that he is faced with, and stubbornly, over and over, refusing to send the Israelites out of Egypt. Pharaoh is the paradigmatic stubborn person in the Exodus story, yet Parashat Va’Era also points to other characters in the story who are not considered wicked in any way who are nevertheless portrayed with this characteristic of stubbornness. This implies that perhaps stubbornness is not all bad. What can we learn about this character trait from our parashah and when it might make sense to employ it? read more>
 
 
 
University Students Connect to Israel at Winter Seminar
30.12.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
This week, 140 students and Hillel staff members from 15 different campuses across North America arrived at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem for a week of study and engagement  read more>
 
 
Shemot: The Slippery Slope from Fear to Evil
27.12.2018, by Avital Hochstein
The first chapter of Sefer Shemot contains an important lesson for society: Evil can be perpetrated more easily by a group than by an individual. The chapter sounds this warning: The evil of a decree doesn’t keep people from obeying it. To the contrary, a blanket permission to be evil is a lot easier to implement than one single point of evil. Moreover, an all-encompassing license is, by its very nature, difficult to control once it is released. On top of that, it often returns to visit itself on the people who unleashed it. read more>
 
 
Vayechi: Seeing in Genesis
17.12.2018, by Avital Hochstein
In the journey of seeing in the book of Genesis, God is not described as satisfied when He sees, He is described as longing and wanting mutuality, mutuality which is enabled when He is also being seen. The peak expression of this seeing is when it gives birth to a name, a name that is given to the divine from the one seeing Him. read more>
 
 
Jerusalem Mayoral Race Opens First Cracks in Haredi “Black Wall”
17.12.2018, by Tomer Persico
The election in Jerusalem was the only the most significant sign that the long-term coordination among Haredim has shattered read more>
 
 
Zionism, Pan-Africanism, and White Nationalism
13.12.2018, by Shaul Magid
What we learn about Israel’s ethnocentrism by looking at groups inspired by Zionism read more>
 
 
Vayigash: Yosef’s Cry of Disappointment
12.12.2018, by Avital Hochstein
Yosef teaches us that relationships require exposure. As long as we maintain our covers and masks, our relationships remain unsatisfying. An act of exposure requires courage, a courage which is necessary in order for relationships to become fulfilling and to bring us peace of mind. read more>
 
 
 
Hartman High Schools’ Excellence Program Opens 10th Year
11.12.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
The program comprises 47 students who volunteered and were selected for the program, which this year will enhance its humanities and social science curriculum, as well as science. read more>
 
 
Mikeitz: On the Power and Danger of Groups
04.12.2018, by Avital Hochstein
One of the givens of Jewish tradition is that matters of holiness require ten people, as we see in the context of the minyan of prayer. Different Rabbinic sources try to locate the basis for this demand and many sources in the Rabbinic tradition of Israel connect the ten people needed for a minyan to the original, literal Sons of Israel, the ten of Ya’akov’s sons who went down to Egypt to get food due to the famine plaguing Canaan at the time. We will examine one midrash in Bereishit Rabbah and the way that it grounds the requirement for a minyan from the verses about the journey of Ya’akov’s ten sons in our parashah. read more>
 
 
Our Country Is Burning, It’s Time to Act
04.12.2018, by Rachel Jacoby Rosenfield
The urgency of the moment demands much greater involvement by us all individually and by the Jewish community as a whole read more>
 
 
The Dire Effects of Playing the Fear Card
04.12.2018, by Donniel Hartman
The government’s false claims of ‘threats from within’ unravel Israel’s social cohesion and degrade its moral bedrock read more>
 
 
 
Shalom Hartman Institute Mourns Dick Kaufman
30.11.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Dick Kaufman was a true visionary, a leader and caring, committed member of the Hartman family who lived his life in the spirit of Hillel. We are devastated by this untimely loss. read more>
 
 
Vayeishev: Different Models of Loyalty
25.11.2018, by Avital Hochstein
We often think of the story of Yehudah and Tamar as being about Yehudah and Tamar, but a closer reading yields that there is a third figure in the story, Hirah the man from Adulam. read more>
 
 
Vayishlach: The Ability to Prevail Through Struggle
22.11.2018, by Avital Hochstein
At the heart of our parashah we are presented with the arresting scene of Ya’akov wrestling with an unidentified ‘man.’ This puzzling scene is understood by Ya’akov in hindsight as an encounter with God: So Ya’akov named the place Peniel, meaning, ‘I have seen a divine being face to face, yet my life has been preserved’ (v. 31) read more>
 
 
 
Hartman Institute Scholars Explore Hanukkah 5779
22.11.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Take a deeper look at Hanukkah, a holiday often misunderstood, with articles and video offerings from David Hartman, Donniel Hartman, Yehuda Kurtzer, and Shalom Hartman Institute scholars read more>
 
 
Anti-Semitism, Assimilation and the Paradox of Jewish Survival
18.11.2018, by Yair Ettinger
A self-proclaimed ‘tribal Jew,’ historian David Myers explains why he‘d be sad if his daughters married a gentile, and how anti-Semitism could end up fortifying the Jewish collective identity. First in a series of interviews with North American Jewish leaders and thinkers. read more>
 
 
Thanksgiving: Religion, Otherness, and At-Homeness in America
14.11.2018, by Rivka Press Schwartz
Video panel featuring Rivka Press Schwarz, Rev. Mario E. Milian, Suhail Khan, Yehuda Kurtzer, and Lauren Berkun read more>
 
 
 
SHI Leads Program at 2018 General Assembly: ‘Home is Where the Heart is’
11.11.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Shalom Hartman Institute led a roundtable and hevrutra-style study discussion on the topic, ‘Home is Where the Heart is,’ at the 2018 Jewish Federations General Assembly in Tel Aviv read more>
 
 
Vayeitzei: From Dream to Prayer: When God Asked Not To Be Affected
11.11.2018, by Avital Hochstein
Yaakov chooses to encounter God through prayer and allows prayer to set the frame for meaning. Yaakov could have "just stumbled upon a place," but instead he meaningfully encounters the Makom, the Omnipresent read more>
 
 
Toldot: From Isaac to Esau
08.11.2018, by Avital Hochstein
Yitzhak is a complex figure: at times motivated by inter-personal ties and connected, and at times both an isolated and an isolating personality. I would like to explore the expression of both these aspects of Yitzhak in our parashah. read more>
 
 
Anti-Semitism, and the Inconvenience of Collective Identity
08.11.2018, by Yehuda Kurtzer
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The Courage to Defy Mass Culture: Reflections on the Lights of Hanukkah
07.11.2018, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Hanukkah challenges us to build an identity that accepts philosophical awareness and a critical appreciation of outside cultures, but while maintaining loyalty to our own history and culture read more>
 
 
Hanukkah: Reflections on Courage and Particularity
06.11.2018, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Newly available: 1980 Essay on Hanukkah from David Hartman. Jewish chauvinism and mistrust of the world is lessened when we experience the joy of mitzvah. Intense Judaic learning in the spirit of Maimonides and Soloveitchik is the key to integrating Jewish particularism with modernity. Israel`s great gift to the Jewish world is that it enables us to realize that ghettoization or assimilation is not the only choice possible in the modern world. read more>
 
 
‘Who is a Jew’ in Light of the Hanukkah Experience
06.11.2018, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Newly available: 1984 Essay on Hanukkah from David Hartman. For Jews who live in the different areas of the globe, the memory of the Maccabees can be an inspiration to persevere and believe that ultimately, they will be victorious in their struggle read more>
 
 
Hanukkah Offers Israeli Jews a Concept of Jewish Survival in Modern History
06.11.2018, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Newly available: Essay on Hanukkah from David Hartman. Hanukkah challenges us to build an identity that accepts philosophical awareness and a critical appreciation of outside cultures, but while maintaining loyalty to our own history and culture read more>
 
 
Social Gospel or Prosperity Gospel? At the Crossroads (Al Parshat Derakhim) of American Judaism
06.11.2018, by Shaul Magid
The work is to construct a new Jewish Social Gospel that will check Jews against our privilege, that will fight against the natural tendency to use religion to justify, and not criticize, our lives. With responses from four scholars read more>
 
 
Chayyei Sarah: When Did Humanity Begin to Age and What is the Value of Aging?
01.11.2018, by Avital Hochstein
It seems that in the Bavli, Avraham’s request is not a request solely for self respect, as apparent in Bereishit Rabbah, but rather it has a philanthropic side. The request for dissimilarity is not only a request for oneself but also for one’s offspring. It is in fact a universal request regarding progress. Avraham is asking to be able to change the future, a future he will not be a part of, and God’s response is to bless Avraham ‘with everything’ read more>
 
 
Agency in the #MeToo Moment
25.10.2018, by Sarah Wolf
Instead of a Jonah narrative, in which we insist that everything is happening to us by those in power, and we can’t or don’t want to have a real conversation about how to work on our own relationships to sexuality and power, we can start talking about agency as something more complicated read more>
 
 
Vayera: Parents, Children, and Obedience in the Story of the Binding of Yitzhak
24.10.2018, by Avital Hochstein
This week, I would like to discuss two readings-essentially two interpretations-of the story of the Akeidah, the binding of Yitzhak. One of them emphasizes making the ultimate sacrifice for God, while the other sees the central moral of the story as focused on the value of relationships. read more>
 
 
Lekh Lekha: Betwen Seeing and Hearing in the Meeting of Hagar and the Angel
18.10.2018, by Avital Hochstein
Hagar teaches us that vision has tremendous power in relationships. Seeing causes the one being seen to feel that their existence has been acknowledged and accepted. This can lead those who are seen to become seers themselves, thus creating a kind of reciprocal seeing that is the key to deep knowledge of the others with whom we share our lives. read more>
 
 
 
Micah Goodman’s ‘Catch-67’ Debuts to Strong Reviews
18.10.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
The book, an Israeli bestseller, says that each side of the Israeli political divide believes they can solve "the Palestinian problem." Both are incorrect, but in their own ways, are also correct read more>
 
 
Community Leadership Program (CLP) FAQ’s
14.10.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
We have compiled a list of answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Community Leadership Program Summer Retreat at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem read more>
 
 
Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS) FAQ’s
14.10.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
We have compiled the answers to frequently asked questions about the RTS seminar program at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem read more>
 
 
Bridging the Atlantic: Relationship between Israel and North American Jewry
11.10.2018, by Shraga Bar-On
We have much to learn from the Jewish intellectuals who lead American neo-conservatism—who combine liberal excellence with conservatism read more>
 
 
Israeli-Diaspora Relations: A Hartman View
10.10.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Israel-Diaspora relations are a major focus of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel and in North America. This collection of content is gathered in advance of the 2018 General Assembly in Tel Aviv read more>
 
 
Noah: The First Covenant in Tanakh
09.10.2018, by Avital Hochstein
In Parashat Noah, God shows us that being in relationship with other people requires deep knowledge of ourselves and our own weaknesses, and a strong commitment to controlling our own impulses and our own behavior. God does not try to change the nature of humanity, to change the “inclination of man to good.” Instead God talks to Himself, talks to humanity, puts restrictions on Himself, and becomes able, thereby, to be bound to us. read more>
 
 
On Religious Materialism: Part 2
09.10.2018, by Elana Stein Hain
These questions are not meant to be quickly asked and answered, raised and resolved. We must continually resurface them for reflection and discussion read more>
 
 
The Hebrew Rhythm and the Challenge of Israeli-American Identity
03.10.2018, by Dr. Ruth Calderon
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Disussion and Launch of Book by Dr. Ruth Kara-Ivanov Kaniel
02.10.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
October 4, 2018, 19:30, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem: Evening to feature Dov Elbaum, Melila Hellner-Eshed, music, and more to feature her new book. Event and book are in Hebrew. read more>
 
 
On Religious Materialism: Part I
25.09.2018, by Elana Stein Hain
Torah itself expresses concern for protecting the hard-earned money of the worshippers. It is not that those who have less to spend should be viewed as cheap or somehow missing the mark read more>
 
 
Yom Kippur: Why Doesn’t It Work Outside of the Synagogue?
16.09.2018, by Donniel Hartman
It is deeply troubling to recognize the profound failure of Yom Kippur as a force for change. If Yom Kippur is to be the force that our tradition aspires it to be, it must cease to be the end and culmination of the process, and instead serve as its beginning. read more>
 
 
Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Launches Innovative Partnership with SHI NA
16.09.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Initiative set to elevate Jewish discourse in Greater Washington through new learning and leadership opportunities. Inaugural lecture series to begin in October 2018. Jennifer Raskas named DC Manager for Hartman read more>
 
 
The Deep Sources of a Great Divide
12.09.2018, by Yehuda Kurtzer
The contemporary moment offers unparalleled possibilities for a rich Jewish future offered by two thriving Jewish civilizations read more>
 
 
 
Israeli Rabbis’ Ordination Ceremony Held at Institute
06.09.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Fifteen participants in the Shalom Hartman Institute-HaMidrasha at Oranim Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis received ordination during a festive ceremony at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem on September 5, 2018 read more>
 
 
The Son, the King, and the Corrupt Torah (Rosh Hashana)
05.09.2018, by Shaul Magid
The son must stay in the world and continue his attempt to enlighten it, even, or precisely, as the world’s darkness diminishes his ability to so read more>
 
 
To Be Known and Loved Anyway (High Holidays)
05.09.2018, by Lauren Berkun
God knows us, and God loves us anyway. That is the whole essence of the Torah. God knows human limitation and the human propensity for failure, yet God loves us anyway and longs to be in relationship with us read more>
 
 
Julia Salazar’s Defenders Reveal the Limits of Identity Politics
02.09.2018, by Mijal Bitton
Salazar’s story demands that we explore the way in which we approach identity. Is it malleable, individual and pro-choice, or it is essential, exclusive and inherited? read more>
 
 
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
02.09.2018, by Yossi Klein Halevi
Yossi Klein Halevi: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, in conversation with Yehuda Kurtzer, July 11, 2018. The annual Bronfman Family Foundation lecture at the Shalom Hartman Institute during the 2018 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in Jerusalem, Israel read more>
 
 
Praying with Sinners, Religious Pluralism Revisited (High Holidays)
30.08.2018, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Yehuda Kurtzer, Praying with Sinners, Religious Pluralism Revisited, High Holidays 5779, Rabbinic Holiday Webinar, August 27, 2018, New York read more>
 
 
Israel’s Nation-State Law and Declaration of Independence
28.08.2018, by Yossi Klein Halevi
I need a Jewish state not only as a refuge for Jews but for Judaism read more>
 
 
Tomer Persico Appointed Inaugural Scholar in Residence in the San Francisco Bay Area
27.08.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Noted scholar has been named the inaugural Shalom Hartman Bay Area Scholar in Residence in conjunction with an academic position at U.C. Berkeley. read more>
 
 
 
Hartman Explores the High Holidays: Days of Awe 5779
27.08.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
New material in this collection of classic Hartman Institute learning includes an essay by Elana Stein Hain, a video from Dr. Ruth Calderon, and articles by participants in Institute rabbinical programs read more>
 
 
Jennifer Raskas Joins SHI North America as Washington, D.C. Manager
26.08.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
In this role, Jennifer will oversee all program development, management and administration in the greater Washington, D.C. area. 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>
 
 
 
JFGW launches innovative partnership with SHI North America
13.08.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and SHI North America have launched a new partnership as a strategic response to the challenges facing American and Jewish societies in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. read more>
 
 
Bougie, See Beyond the Israeli Perspective to All the Jewish People
01.08.2018, by Shraga Bar-On
What you need to show both sides is how they can and should create together a Judaism that both will be able to share and will be proud of read more>
 
 
Israel’s Nationality Law Will Humiliate the Jews of the Diaspora
01.08.2018, by Ariel Picard
this action, however symbolic, is a symbol that neither Israeli Arabs nor the Diaspora need or want to hear read more>
 
 
Sinai-Auschwitz: Building Character in Modern Israeli Poetry
01.08.2018, by Rachel Korazim
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The Dilemma of Jewish Privilege
29.07.2018, by Joshua Ladon
Jews can certainly be racist, yet some of us want to investigate our role in the structures of injustice that define our world. The question is whether non-Jews on the left and right will help or hinder that effort read more>
 
 
 
Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar (RTS) 2018 Draws 170: Photos, Videos
23.07.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Summer program participants explored character and ethical leadership in the Jewish tradition at a time of cynicism about democratic principles, and misbehavior by flawed leaders read more>
 
 
The Sages, Tisha B’Av, Self-Correction and Salvation
19.07.2018, by Dr. Channa Pinchasi
Our sages were able to point out their deficiencies, thus showing us the way to self-correction and salvation read more>
 
 
Living in the Diaspora as Home: From the 1885 Pittsburgh Platform to Judith Butler
16.07.2018, by Shaul Magid
Shaul Magid, faculty member and Senior Research Fellow at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, gave the 2018 Robert P. Kogod Annual Lectureat the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 5, 2018. The title of his talk was “From the 1885 Pittsburgh Platform to Judith Butler: Living in the Diaspora as Home” read more>
 
 
Yom HaKippurim and Tisha B’Av: The Commonality of Opposites
15.07.2018, by Shaul Magid
Without Tisha B’Av, Yom ha-Kippurim is not necessary; without Yom ha-Kippurim, Tisha B’Av is all there is read more>
 
 
 
Hartman Explores the Holidays: Tisha B’Av 5778
15.07.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Tisha B’Av in 2018 / 5778 begins Saturday night, July 21, 2018. See commentaries by Shalom Hartman Institute scholars and participants in our programs on the meanings we can find in this day 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>
 
 
 
2018 Community Leadership Program Summer Retreat - Photos & Videos (CLP)
08.07.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Our societies are falling short of our ethical aspirations. More than 130 participants joined us this summer to explore character development and ethical leadership in the Jewish tradition read more>
 
 
 
SHI North America Named Featured Partner of Jim Joseph Foundation
27.06.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
David Hartman Center Fellows are a source of optimism and inspiration for thinking about the vitality, relevancy, and moral character of Judaism in the 21st century. they will spend July at the Institute in Jerusalem, meeting with their counterparts in the David Hartman Center in Israel to better understand the transatlantic influence of thought leadership, and challenges and opportunities in the relationship between American Jews and Israeli Jews from a new perspective read more>
 
 
1947: The UN Partition Plan - The Jews and the World
03.06.2018, by Elana Stein Hain
From the 2017 Community Leadership Program Summer Retreat read more>
 
 
At Home In That Other Promised Land: Does Zionism Ask Too Much of the American Jewish Community?
03.06.2018, by Yehuda Kurtzer
My dream for Israel as it marks 70 is the same for American Jews marking the parallel milestones of our at-homeness, and they are the gifts of the household: to feel comfortable, to feel proud and to feel responsible read more>
 
 
From “Peoplehood” to Family: On the Relationship between American and Israeli Jews Today
29.05.2018, by Rani Jaeger
A family that excels only at diplomatic language and apologetics will not preserve a relationship only growing colder read more>
 
 
The Moral Challenge of Gaza
27.05.2018, by Donniel Hartman
We may not be principally responsible for the reality which is Gaza, but like all moral human beings, we must constantly ask ourselves whether and how we can be part of the solution read more>
 
 
 
Yossi Klein Halevi’s New Book a NY Times Nonfiction Bestseller
24.05.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, released May 15, 2018, also is topping several bestselling lists on Amazon. Read articles by and about Yossi and the book read more>
 
 
 
How Do We Find a Torah for a Jewish Democracy?
22.05.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Donniel Hartman poses a challenging question about the Torah needed for Israel. Five rabbis affiliated with the Hartman Institute offer distinct and provocative answers. read more>
 
 
Moses at Sinai: God’s Partner or Adversary?
15.05.2018, by Christine Hayes
Final lecture in the Shalom Hartman Institute 5776 Rabbinic Webinar Series - Yale and SHI-North America scholar Christine Hayes: Moses at Sinai - God’s Partner or Adversary? (Shavuot 5776). June 1, 2016. read more>
 
 
 
Shavuot as Seen by Hartman Scholars: Revelation and Modernity
10.05.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Essays and videos about Shavuot, the day in which Jews truly become the People of the Book. Shavuot 5778 learning at Hartman in Jerusalem, drew hundreds read more>
 
 
The Politics of Jewish Power
08.05.2018, by Donniel Hartman
The two centers of Jewish life, Israel and Diaspora, have introduced complicated expressions of Jewish power in the modern era. Both communities and their use of power are responses to and byproducts of recent history read more>
 
 
 
Hartman Institute Mourns Death of Rabbi Aaron Panken
08.05.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Aaron Panken was a visionary, scholar, thinker, teacher, leader, and mensch. We are devastated by this staggering loss to his family, HUC-JIR, and our community. read more>
 
 
Gabe Most to Join SHI North America as East Coast Vice President
02.05.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Gabe will be joining SHI North America on May 14, 2018 and will be responsible for strengthening the presence, partnership, and engagement in major cities on the East Coast. read more>
 
 
Be’eri Program Wins Constantiner Prize for Jewish Education
02.05.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
The prize was awarded for the staff’s long-term and ongoing work in deepening pluralistic and democratic Jewish identity in Israeli secular public high schools read more>
 
 
 
Rabbis from Beit Midrash for Israeli Rabbis to Speak in Westchester, Boston and Toronto
01.05.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
The focus of their talks will be religious pluralism in Israel as it nears its 70th anniversary. Public programs and small group events for rabbis are planned. read more>
 
 
The Call to Create Torah for a Democratic State Tears Me in Two
01.05.2018, by Sarah Mulhern
Call & Responsa 7: Like any good rabbi, I have better questions than answers. But I have deep faith in the resourcefulness of Am Yisrael and the endlessly relevant power of the wellspring of Torah as we begin to write this new Talmud together read more>
 
 
Israeli and Diaspora Jews are Siblings Living in Different Homes
26.04.2018, by Avital Hochstein
Being the majority and having Jewish sovereignty are new experiences for Jews, even after 70 years of having a state. read more>
 
 
Torah Corrects Slavery’s Suppressions By Putting Color Back on our Palette
24.04.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Call & Responsa 7: The ultimate tragedy would be if, after finally being seen for all our multi-colored beauty, we settled in the land and chose to enslave ourselves by requiring uniformity of identity and practice under the black and white banner of one chieftain read more>
 
 
Toward a Torah for a Democratic Israel
24.04.2018, by Baruch Frydman-Kohl
Call & Responsa 7: It is imperative to restore issues of respect for religious diversity to a common public agenda for the long-term benefit of the growing diversity of Israeli society read more>
 
 
Religious Freedom in a Jewish and Democratic State
24.04.2018, by Shraga Bar-On
Call & Responsa 7: Israel is a collective project of all the Jewish people. The legal system is not just secular but also Jewish and cannot be privatized. The IDF is a Jewish army which belongs to all Israelis and cannot be privatized. The Western Wall belongs to all Jews and cannot be privatized read more>
 
 
Mr. Prime Minister, I am Ashamed of You
12.04.2018, by Donniel Hartman
Israel and Zionism transcend our political leaders and are not defined even by the current will of the majority. Israel embodies the mission to build a safe and secure homeland for the Jewish people which is committed to the noblest of Jewish, moral, and democratic principles read more>
 
 
1947 - Judaism and the World
11.04.2018, by Elana Stein Hain
The lecture was part of a Summer program, titled, 1917, 1947, 1967: The Legacy of The Past and the Future of Modern Israel, and ran from June 21–28, 2017 read more>
 
 
Auschwitz or Sinai: Metaphor and the Meaning of Modern Israel
10.04.2018, 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>
 
 
 
From Yom Hashoah to Yom Ha’atzmaut: Israel’s ‘High Holidays’
09.04.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
In these special articles and videos, Shalom Hartman Institute scholars explore the meaning of Israel’s Independence Day, Holocaust Memorial Day, and Memorial Day read more>
 
 
Review of Israel Knohl’s Book Posits Exodus Was Real But Not as We Know
01.04.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Excerpt of Los Angeles Review of Books review of ‘How the Bible Was Born,’ by Israel Knohl read more>
 
 
From Freedom to Purpose
01.04.2018, by Donniel Hartman
We now need Jewish moral values to help heal our divides and unite us under a common purpose. We may disagree on the facts, but we need not disagree on our purpose read more>
 
 
Pesach is Literally the Story of a People’s Birth
20.03.2018, by Orit Avnery
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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>
 
 
On Friends and Farrakhan: A Plea to Progressives
12.03.2018, by Yehuda Kurtzer
Sometimes the work of coalition-building will be complicated, and I will support you in resisting the narrow narratives of loyalties and litmus tests your critics demand of you. This moment is not so complicated read more>
 
 
The Law of the Land is Binding
12.03.2018, by Elana Stein Hain
Dina D’Malchuta Dina: Considering the Relationship between Interests and Values. Jewish Futures Conference, Dec. 13, 2017 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>
 
 
Shame
14.02.2018, by Yossi Klein Halevi
state of Israel is about to commit a crime against itself. The imminent mass deportation of African asylum seekers will be a devastating blow to our moral credibility read more>
 
 
The Biggest Threat To The Jews? The Partisan Divide
23.01.2018, by Yehuda Kurtzer
No one now really questions whether American Jews can be at home. Now we are left to ask: Who indeed, collectively speaking, are American Jews? read more>
 
 
The Leftist, Anti-Humanist New Right – Notes on the (Confusing) Present Political Moment
23.01.2018, by Tomer Persico
Power is not just brute force, and it is certainly not unjustified aggression, but a plain and accepted way to start change in society. And change will come. The question is in what direction. We must take care that it takes the best direction possible read more>
 
 
 
2018 Annual Hartman Conference on Feb. 14 Tackled Israel-Diaspora Relations
21.01.2018, by Shalom Hartman Institute
Conference on Israeli-Diaspora relations drew more than 400, featured Natan Sharansky, and special video programs, including a rare 1987 recording of David Hartman read more>
 
 
#YouToo: A Jewish Man’s Accounting
21.01.2018, by Leon Wiener Dow
I confess my guilt, responsibility, and complicity as an aider and abettor of the perpetrators, in entertaining their basic male defense of division, which allows a sliver of light to separate them from their actions. And I declare my commitment to demanding of myself - and of them - a uniformity of excellence and sensitivity read more>
 
 
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