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Marriage and Conversion in the State of Israel
David Stav and Seth Farber

Rabbis David Stav and Seth Farber are two of the leading rabbinic advocates for reforming civil marriage practices and conversion standards in Israel. Here, they discuss whether broad solutions can be provided within Israel’s rabbinic establishment or whether the problem stems more fundamentally from the incompatibility of Orthodox Jewish law with the modern ethos.

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Life and Work
Dara Horn


Award-winning author Dara Horn reflects on Yiddish literature, American Judaism, her writing process, reactions to her work (from Jews and non-Jews alike), and her life as the mother of four children.



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Life in the Arena
Elliott Abrams

Elliott Abrams has served two presidents, working on issues in Latin America, the Middle East, and human rights. How did his Jewish upbringing and Jewish pride shape him for a life in American politics and diplomacy?




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“Defending Identity”: Israel and the World
Natan Sharansky

What’s wrong with a world that has, to quote John Lennon, “nothing to die for?” The great Jewish dissident, thinker, and statesman Natan Sharansky explains why the particularist desire to belong is so important and how it can be made to complement the democratic desire to be free.


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William Kristol - American Democracy Today

January 27, 2016 at 2:54pm

The election of 2016 has few if any precedents in American history. After the transformational presidency of Barack Obama, much is at stake. Hillary Clinton could solidify and build upon his achievements. A Republican candidate could chart a new course. But each party is witnessing a populist insurgency that threatens to reshape American politics. In […]

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As part of Tikvah’s advanced institute “Nuclear Strategy and the Crisis of World Order,” instructor and former under-secretary of defense, Eric S. Edelman sat down with fellow instructor and Beton Michael Kaneb Professor of National Security and Military Affairs at Harvard University, Stephen P. Rosen, to discuss Al-Kibar and Operation Orchard.

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During last month’s Advanced Institute in Jerusalem, “God, Politics, and the Future of Europe,” Tikvah hosted a conversation on “Modernity, Religion and Morality” to discuss the decline of Western Civilization and to probe some of the reasons behind it. What happens when faith in the God of the Bible deteriorates?

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On French Jewry and the Future of France

November 19, 2015 at 5:13pm

In the last few months, both Jewish Review of Books and Mosaic featured discussions on French Jewry and the future of France. In light of last Friday’s tragic terrorist attacks in Paris, we have gathered the articles here.

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Joshua Mitchell is a professor of political theory in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. After the terrorist attacks of 2001, he left the U.S. capital to teach the great books of Western political thought to university students in Qatar and Iraq. The students there, he found, differed in dramatic ways from those in the U.S. They were beset with anguish over the value of individualism, and they felt their allegiance to traditional roles in family and society strained in ways that made them question the promises of modernity. Professor Mitchell realized that the social forces at play in the contemporary Middle East were much the same as those Alexis de Tocqueville observed in 19th-century America.

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