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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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.Read More
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.Read More
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
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