Most Jews today love and support Israel, but do we understand the founding vision of the Zionist project? Or the great debates that shaped the emergence of the Jewish state? In this course, we will return to some of Israel’s founding figures to explore the many meanings of Zionism: Is Zionism meant to save the Jews from physical destruction or to renew the Jewish spirit? What is the relationship between Zionism and Judaism? How has the meaning of Zionism changed from the first Zionist Congress to the present day? Through essays and speeches by figures such as Theodore Herzl, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Ahad Ha’am, and Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, we will probe how different views of Zionism shape the past, present, and future of Israel.
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Meet the Instructors
Seminars are taught by Tikvah faculty and experts in the subject matter. Please note that course faculty are subject to change depending on availability.
The Tikvah Fund
Dr. Harry Ballan is Senior Director at the Tikvah Fund and Senior Counsel at a leading international law firm, where he has practiced for approximately 30 years. Harry holds a BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University and a JD from Columbia Law School, and he clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Dr. Ballan has delivered presentations, papers, and classes on subjects in both law and neuroscience, is Chairman of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (co-founded by Oliver Sachs), has been an adjunct professor at numerous universities, and served as Dean of Touro Law Center from 2016 to 2019.
Dr. Ballan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Horowitz is the Sizeler Family Chair Professor of Jewish Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is an award-winning and noted scholar of Zionism and Russian literature and the author of many books, including Vladimir Jabotinsky-The Russian Years (2020) and Russian-Jewish Tradition: Intellectuals, Historians, Revolutionaries (2017).