Debating Zionism with Dr. Micah Goodman

Delve into Zionism's Great Debates

As Israel turns 75, Tikvah invites you to join Micah Goodman for an exploration of Zionism’s greatest thinkers and their most important and enduring debates


All course sessions are pre-recorded. You will be emailed a link with every video in this series upon registration. You can watch them at your own pace, as many times as you like.

Who were the original leaders and thinkers of modern Jewish nationalism? What moved them? What were their political teachings and key disagreements? In this special 3-part series, leading Israeli thinker and author Dr. Micah Goodman will help us see how the founding disagreements within Secular Zionism, Religious Zionism, and Ultra-Orthodoxy can shed light on the spirit of Jewish nationalism and the internal social and religious conflicts that Israel still faces today.

When you sign up, you will: 

  • Explore the key ideas and disagreements of some of Zionism’s essential thinkers, including Theodor Herzl, Ahad Ha’Am, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Rabbi Isaac Jacob Reines, and others. 
  • Probe the dynamic relationship between secular Zionism and ancient Jewish tradition, from the late 1800s to present day.  
  • Examine how conceptions of Zionism among secular and religious Jews have diverged over time. 
  • Better understand Ultra-Orthodox Jewish theology, and how that community confronts the Zionist challenge to those ideas. 

Dr. Micah Goodman is a leading Jewish thinker who explores Judaism, Zionism, the Hebrew Bible, and the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and the Jewish people. He is president of Beit Prat – Israeli Midrasha, an institute where secular and religious Israeli young adults study together, and a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Dr. Goodman is a popular lecturer and the author of Maimonides and the Book that Changed Judaism (2015), Catch-67: The Left, the Right, and the Legacy of the Six-Day War (2018), several Hebrew best-sellers on Judaism’s canonical texts, and most recently, The Wondering Jew: Israel and the Search for Jewish Identity (2020). 



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