Why did Israel decide to declare independence in May 1948? What reasons did Israelis offer for their political and national independence? What ideas did they draw upon? And who were the key figures that brought about this watershed moment in modern Jewish history? In this seminar course, we will examine these questions in-depth through the study of the key texts, arguments, and intellectual and historical controversies surrounding the declaration of an independent Jewish state. We will explore some of the great figures—like David Ben-Gurion—who founded modern Israel, and the political ideas and controversies about the nature of the new Jewish state that reverberate to the present day.
Dr. Neil Rogachevsky
Neil Rogachevsky is Associate Director and Research Fellow at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, where he researches and teaches Israel studies and political philosophy. His writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Mosaic, Jewish Review of Books, American Interest, Ha’aretz, American Affairs, and other publications. He is currently completing a book on the founding of Israel. He received his BA from McGill University, his MA from the University of Toronto, and his PhD from the University of Cambridge.
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