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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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Michael Doran on the Iran Deal

July 20, 2015 at 4:11pm

Officials from the U.S., Russia, China, and members of the European Union announced on July 14th, 2015 they had reached an historic agreement with Iran to contain its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions and an invitation to rejoin the community of nations. To discuss the implications of the deal, the Tikvah […]

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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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