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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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Irving Kristol as a Jewish Thinker

September 12, 2014 at 11:13am

Mosaic has launched Mosaic Books, a new e-book series. The first book in the series collects, for the first time, the essential Jewish writings of one of America’s most perceptive and provocative intellectuals, Irving Kristol. On Jews and Judaism: Selected Essays covers American Jews’ struggle with politics, theology and religious practice, the Holocaust and anti-Semitism, and […]

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The Lessons of 9/11

September 11, 2014 at 10:17am

Three years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Commentary senior editor Abe Greenwald penned an essay for Jewish Ideas Daily on the lessons of 9/11. Greenwald focuses on the realization of the world’s hatred: [T]he Obama White House has issued “guidelines” setting a tone for the American government’s commemoration of September 11 at home and […]

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What is the condition of modern Judaism? It is simultaneously rationalist and non-rationalist, Israeli and Diasporic, nationalist and individualist, powerful and fearful of rising anti-Semitism, particularist and universalist. 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 two very […]

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Reading Deuteronomy

September 9, 2014 at 5:09pm

In Tikvah’s advanced institute “The Jewish Idea of God,” founding CEO of Ein Prat, Micah Goodman sets the stage for reading Deuteronomy. The Book of Deuteronomy is composed of several speeches by Moses and is meant to be read as Moses’s last words. But therein lies a challenge: Deuteronomy is a whole section of the […]

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The Meaning of Jewish Nationhood

September 8, 2014 at 10:27am

The Declaration of Independence of the State of Israel opens “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped.” The only problem with that statement, according to Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, is that it’s not true. The Jewish people were formed in Egypt. Land is important […]

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