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Modern Judaism
Leora Batnitzky and Micah Goodman

What is the condition of modern Judaism? To sort out modern Judaism’s camps and contradictions and to offer some thoughts on Judaism’s theological, sociological, and political future, Tikvah hosted a conversation between American scholar of modern Jewish philosophy Leora Batnitzky and Israeli public intellectual Micah Goodman.

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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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Reflections of a Jewish Neoconservative
Norman Podhoretz

Norman Podhoretz has been a partisan of the left, the right, and, most of all, the Jews. Watch as he discusses his life’s work and his ideological transformation, and offers his commentary on theology, the American Jewish scene, Radical Islam, classical music, and Shakespeare,  in conversation with Tikvah’s executive director Eric Cohen.

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Cuba Rapprochement a Model for Iran?

December 17, 2014 at 4:11pm

Writing on The Weekly Standard‘s blog, Elliott Abrams has a provocative new post on the implications of Barack Obama’s announced change in US-Cuba relations. Imagining the viewpoint of a Saudi, Emirati, Jordanian, or Israeli, Abrams plays out just what one of these nations would think of Obama’s willingness to normalize relations with the pariah state Cuba. What […]

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Tortured Arguments

December 15, 2014 at 6:18pm

In the wake of the Feinstein Report on the CIA’s post 9/11 activities, Rabbi Shlomo Brody, founding director of the Tikvah Overseas Seminars, takes a look at some arguments about when Jewish law condones the use of torture and their applicability to the post-9/11 landscape. Brody refuses to accede to the notion advanced by many […]

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Sanctions on Israel?

December 10, 2014 at 10:17am

Last week, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the Obama administration has come to the point of mulling sanctions on Israel if Israel continues to build settlements. “I’m obviously not going to comment one way or another on reported internal deliberations,” a State Department spokeswoman said. “We’ve made clear our position on settlement activity publicly and that hasn’t […]

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In Praise of Argument

December 10, 2014 at 9:17am

There are many Jewish vocations, but perhaps no calling is more central to Judaism than the calling to argue. In the Winter 2015 Jewish Review of Books, Leon Wieseltier offers a jewel of a exposition of this Jewish school of thought—an argument for argument. Against Simone Weil and others who prefer  a “single understanding, a […]

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The latest episode of “Conversations with Bill Kristol” features Ruth Wisse, the dean of the study of Jewish literature and distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. As it so happens, Professor Wisse is teaching the advanced institute “Jews and Power” at Tikvah’s New York office this week while her interviewer, William Kristol, is the […]

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