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.Watch the video here ►
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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Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter has forged a long and dedicated career both as a pulpit rabbi and as a leading academic scholar of Jewish history. How does he negotiate situations in which love of Torah and tradition appear to be in tension with modern sensibilities or historical truth? What motivates his own spiritual practice?Read More
Through his leadership of the Tzohar Rabbinical Organization, Rabbi David Stav has been at the forefront of debates over the relationship between religion and state in Israel, pushing for reforms in the State’s handling of marriage, conversion, and kashrut. Why is Tzohar focused on these issues? And how does he think about government’s role in religious life?Read More
The Tikvah Fund once again had the privilege of learning from prize-winning novelist Dara Horn at our recent week-long seminar Jewish Thought, Jewish Literature, Jewish Politics. After leading university students in a stimulating study of love, sexuality, and family guided by readings from the Book of Genesis, S.Y. Agnon, and Sholem Aleichem, Horn opened up about her own life and literary career. […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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