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Ethics of Jewish education

by Ariel Picard

July 9, 2013 | 10:21 am

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It is well known that at a bar or bat mitzvah, the parents say the blessing, "Blessed is he who has now freed me from responsibility for this child." At first glance, this looks to be a... read on

  • Building a Spirit of ‘Sacred Disagreement’ on Israel

    by Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

    April 24, 2013 | 5:45 pm

    In rabbinic circles, one increasingly hears sentiments like, “I’m not going to get fired for my politics on gun control or health care, but I could get fired for just about anything I say about Israel.” Rabbi Scott Perlo has coined this the “Death by Israel Sermon.” Across the... read on

  • What we need now: Jewish leadership driven by ethical imperatives

    by Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi

    March 18, 2013 | 3:57 am

    Jewish leadership has a distinct advantage over all other kinds of leadership. Our advantage is that we are inspired by and can be driven by the ethical force of Jewish tradition. Our other advantage is that we can learn from many models of leaders who transformed societies and... read on

  • Is God a Democrat or a Republican?

    by Donniel Hartman

    February 7, 2013 | 10:41 am

    With President Obama having just taken the oath for his second term in office, we can allow ourselves the luxury of thinking about substantive issues in ways that transcend party affiliations and divisions. We no longer have to debate how and for whom Jews should vote, and instead... read on

  • Two states for two peoples is a Jewish value

    by Yehuda Kurtzer

    December 13, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    The two-state solution is the object of a lot of discussion right now, mostly theoretical and mostly negative, and — at least on the Jewish and Israeli side — not showing a lot of action. Most opinion polls will tell you that Israelis still overwhelmingly support the idea of the... read on




A blog by rabbis and scholars of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

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