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Debates in Jewish Theology
Meir Soloveichik and Shai Held

 

Why is there so much less public argument about Jewish theology than there was in the middle of the last century? What does this say about contemporary Jewish life? About our synagogues? About our universities? About our interfaith relations?

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Reflections from Israel
William Kristol

 

Weekly Standard editor William Kristol reflects on his upbringing—including his Jewish upbringing—as the child of Irving Kristol and Gertrude Himmelfarb and his life in the arena of American politics, and shares his analysis on the latest political developments in the United States and Israel.

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What is Rabbinic Literature?
Christine Hayes and Yehoshua Pfeffer

Watch as Christine Hayes, Professor of Religious Studies in Classical Judaica at Yale University and Yehoshua Pfeffer, a rabbinic judge and a former clerk on the Israeli Supreme Court, discuss how they came to love the Talmud and how they think about the questions it poses, with Tikvah’s Director of Alumni Programs and Recruitment Alan Rubenstein.

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Jews and Power
Ruth Wisse and Moshe Halbertal

What is the proper relationship between Jews and political power? To what extent should Jews eschew worldly power for the sake of piety?

Two of the Jewish world’s most esteemed intellectuals, Ruth Wisse and Moshe Halbertal, examined these questions and more in a discussion on the situation of simultaneous power and powerlessness in which Jews now find themselves.

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As part of its ongoing series on “Jewish Ideals & Current Dilemmas in Contemporary Zionism,” the Tikvah Overseas Seminars hosted two of Israel’s leading rabbinic activists to discuss recent legislation regarding marriage and conversion in Israel. Rabbi David Stav, chairman of the Tzohar Rabbinic Organization, and Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber, founding director of ITIM, have […]

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Dara Horn - Life and Work

February 24, 2015 at 10:43am

Dara Horn has won acclaim for her imaginative novels and for the richness of their Jewish foundations. As part of the 2014 Summer Fellowship, Horn sat down to discuss 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. In […]

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Elliott Abrams - A Life in the Arena

February 3, 2015 at 12:16pm

Elliott Abrams has served two presidents, working on issues in Latin America, the Middle East, and human rights. In the service of his country, he has always been unabashedly Jewish. Was there ever a tension? How did his Jewish upbringing and Jewish pride shape him for a life in American politics and diplomacy? Abrams talks […]

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In December 2014, at the annual Association for Jewish Studies conference, Jewish Review of Books editor Abraham Socher sat down for a public conversation with Leon Wieseltier. It was, as it happens, just after the much-discussed New Republic debacle, and Wieseltier, who had served as TNR’s literary editor for the last 31 years, was characteristically witty and reflective. They […]

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As part of Tikvah’s advanced institute “The Case for Nationalism,” the participants heard from the great Jewish dissident, thinker, and statesman, Natan Sharansky. Sharansky discussed the ideas of his book, Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy; the problem of a world with “nothing to die for,” to quote John Lennon; and the complementarity of the […]

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