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Tikvah Advanced Institutesעברית

Application Deadline: August 10, 2014
Stipend Range: $1,000 - $5,000

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The Tikvah Advanced Institutes aim to provide accomplished professionals from around the globe the opportunity to study big ideas, great texts, and current issues with some of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners. Institute Participants will receive a generous stipend that will cover living expenses in New York City or Jerusalem during their time there.

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Religious Freedom in America

November 3, 2014 – November 7, 2014

Instructors: Meir Soloveichik and Michael W. McConnell
Language of Instruction: English
Stipend: $1,000 (NYC area residents); $2,000 (Domestic US); $3,000 (International)


What is the role of religion in American public life, and how should religious communities understand religious liberty? Led by Rabbi Meir Soloveichik of Yeshiva University and former federal judge Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School, this institute will explore the historical background, philosophical foundations, and current controversies about the idea of religious freedom in America. We will then move to a discussion of key political and legal disputes at the crossroads of democratic politics and religious freedom, including debates about marriage law, public support for religious schools, decisions related to healthcare and insurance, and the adoption of children.

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Capitalism and the Future of Democracy

November 10, 2014 – November 21, 2014

Instructors: Yuval Levin and Christopher DeMuth
Language of Instruction: English
Stipend: $2,000 (NYC area residents); $3,500 (Domestic US); $5,000 (International)


What is the relationship between capitalism and democracy? Does economic liberty serve and strengthen political freedom, or does the pursuit of self-interest undermine the moral qualities necessary for political freedom? Does modern democracy ensure a free and flourishing economy, or do the egalitarian ideals of democratic man require limitations on market competition and an ever-expanding welfare state? Led by Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs, and Christopher DeMuth, former president of the American Enterprise Institute, this institute aims to explore the fundamental questions of political economy, by drawing upon classic texts of modern economic and democratic thought, and then looking at key modern debates and policy dilemmas now facing the advanced democracies of the world. 

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Jews and Power: Literature, Philosophy, Politics

December 1, 2014 – December 12, 2014

Instructors: Ruth Wisse, Ran Baratz, and Elliott Abrams
Language of Instruction: English
Stipend: $2,000 (NYC area residents); $3,500 (Domestic US); $5,000 (International)


For the last many centuries, the extraordinary achievements of the Jewish people and their prodigious contributions to Western civilization have all taken place without the one thing that most defines a nation: the political and military power to protect its citizens and sovereign land.  With the return of sovereignty, what is the proper relation of Judaism and Jewish tradition to political and military power? Led by Harvard University professor Ruth Wisse, Israeli intellectual and Mida editor Ran Baratz, and former deputy national security adviser and Middle East expert Elliott Abrams, this course will explore the dilemmas of Jewish power. Drawing upon the Hebrew Bible, modern Jewish literature, biographies of Jewish statesman, and various historical case studies, we will explore both the spirit of the Jewish mind and the realities of modern Jewish political condition.

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Israeli National Defense: Security Doctrine and the Balance of Forces

November 9, 2014 – November 13, 2014

Instructor: General Yaakov Amidror
Language of Instruction: Hebrew
Stipend: $2,000 (Israel residents); $3,000 (International)

fall2014-israeli_natsec-thumb-200x200In the State of Israel, most citizens serve in the army and many citizens serve in the reserve forces. Yet despite this first-hand military experience, there is a lack of high-level public discourse regarding many of the foundational issues that relate to the military capabilities of Israel’s defense forces. Led by former Israeli National Security Advisor Maj. Gen. Yaakov Amidror, this institute will focus on three central issues where the lack of serious national discussion is a problem. Our hope is that the ideas discussed and the participants involved in this institute will make a major contribution to defining Israel’s true security needs in the years ahead.

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The Western Tradition of Liberty

November 16, 2014 – November 20, 2014

Instructors: Ran Baratz and Peter Berkowitz
Language of Instruction: English
Stipend: $2,000 (Israel residents); $3,000 (International)


In Israel, the United States, and all the democratic nations of the West, a great debate is unfolding about the nature of freedom.  Led by political theorist Peter Berkowitz of Stanford University and Israeli public intellectual and Mida editor Ran Baratz, this institute will explore the past, present, and future of the idea of freedom and the tradition of liberty. How does liberty contribute to prosperity and happiness?  How does it relate to Judaism, and the unique character of the Jewish State?  What threats—foreign and domestic—confront liberty in the western nations, and what resources—spiritual, cultural, political, material—can the liberal democracies count on to preserve their founding promise? 

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The Hebrew Bible and Jewish Excellence

November 30, 2014 – December 4, 2014

Instructor: Micah Goodman
Language of Instruction: English
Stipend:$2,000 (Israel residents); $3,000 (International)


The Hebrew Bible shaped and inspired some of the greatest leaders and figures of the modern Jewish age in politics, in religious life, in philosophy, and in literature. Led by Israeli intellectual and scholar Dr. Micah Goodman, this course will examine several prominent 20th-century Jewish leaders—including David Ben-Gurion, S. Y. Agnon, Leo Strauss, and Joseph Soloveitchik—to see how their immersion in the Bible helped to form their worldview. For each figure, we will consider key selections from the biblical text as well as essays, stories, and histories that bring to life these leaders’ ideas and achievements.

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The Case for Nationalism

December 8, 2014 – December 12, 2014

Instructor: William Kristol
Language of Instruction: English
Stipend: $2,000 (Israel residents); $3,000 (International)


Is national pride to be celebrated or feared? Is “national interest” a noble idea? Do nations have a future—and should they have a future? Or is the world moving toward a new age of cosmopolitan internationalism, trans-national ideologies, and sub-national tribalism? Led by Dr. William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, this institute will examine the political and moral questions surrounding nationalism and nation-states. The course will begin by examining the case for and against nationalism, drawing upon some of the major works of modern political theory. It will then look in detail at three “regimes”—Europe, America, and modern Israel—drawing upon a mix of classic texts, speeches, and case studies.

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Who Should Apply?

The Tikvah Advanced Institutes are aimed at men and women who wish to influence the intellectual, religious, and political life of the Jewish people and the Jewish state.

Applicants may include those pursuing study or careers in:

  • US or Israeli public policy, including national security and economics
  • The rabbinate
  • Academia
  • Journalism
  • Jewish Education
  • Jewish communal leadership
  • Law & Business

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