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Israel at War – Being the Jews We Want to Be

What are the positive values we want to bring to this world and be known for?
Dr. Masua Sagiv is Scholar in Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute based in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley. Masua’s scholarly work focuses on the development of contemporary Judaism in Israel, as a culture, religion, nationality, and as part of Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state. Her research explores the role of law, state actors and civil society organizations

Joshua Ladon


The ongoing war with Hamas has flooded our communities with grief, sorrow, and anger. In a series of special episodes, Perfect Jewish Parents hosts Masua Sagiv and Joshua Ladon explore the core questions and values these difficult moments illuminate so that parents, caregivers, and educators can navigate complex conversations with young people and meet this important moment.

This is Perfect Jewish Parents: Israel at War.

In this first episode recorded on October 16, Joshua and Masua respond to the evil of Hamas’s attack by asking, “What are the positive values we want to bring to this world and be known for?”

Referred to in this episode:

  • Sivan Zakai, who recently held an emergency webinar on how to discuss the current war with children, was featured in our previous episode: “How Do We Talk About Israel?”
  • Yehuda Kurtzer talks about the obligation to bury one’s deceased, and how that responsibility affects the global Jewish community at this moment, in his introduction to the Identity/Crisis episode: “A Nation That Can’t Sleep”


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A transcript of this episode is available here.

Perfect Jewish Parents is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute about the joys and oys of raising children Jewishly, hosted by Hartman faculty and parents Masua Sagiv and Joshua Ladon.


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