The emergence of Zionism and the founding of the Jewish State saw great rivalries and cultural revolutions propelled by competing Zionist visions and ideologies. These critical divides forced Zionist leadership (and later, Israeli society) to confront foundational questions: Is Zionism a political or cultural movement? Is the use of force an acceptable means to achieving national independence? What is the place of the Holocaust in the national identity and memory? What role does halacha play in determining Jewish identity and Israeli citizenship?
Through an examination of founding Zionist thinkers, key historical events, and great debates, this course aims to explore the political and cultural landscapes of Israel, uncovering the enduring complexities and triumphs of the Zionist project and the Jewish state.
Ms. Sarah Wapner
Sarah Wapner is the impact and recruitment officer at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought of Yeshiva University. A native of Toronto, Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, where she majored in political science and Jewish studies. Sarah is an alumna of summer fellowships at the Tikvah Fund, the Hertog Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute, and she served as a consultant for Tikvah’s College Division. Sarah is a graduate of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators and she is a member of the Tikvah Young Professionals Policy Forum.
Director, Tikvah Scholars Program