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Jews, Power, and the Bible

July 28, 2014 - August 1, 2014

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Dr. Goodman, Israeli author of bestsellers on the thought of Moses Maimonides and Judah Halevi and founder of Ein Prat Academy, will focus on prominent biblical texts that address the challenges of the Jewish political condition, looking back to the Bible and looking forward to the future of the Zionist project. 


The story of the Jewish people in the 20th century is a movement from persecution and powerlessness to sovereignty and power.  The story of biblical Israel also sees a powerless people gaining land and negotiating political power’s promise and peril. On the hypothesis that the history of modern Zionism mirrors biblical history, this institute seeks to illuminate Zionist thought through the biblical lens. 

We will hone in on the religious, social, and psychological challenges that sovereignty presents for the Jewish people by undertaking a detailed, philosophical reading of Moses’s final speech to the Israelites on the eve of their entry into the Land of Israel. Moses’s final oration will allow us to consider how his advice, ideas, and guidance were received and whether these principles are present in contemporary Zionism and Israeli society.