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“Jerusalem – War and Peace” at Ammunition Hill

The event will feature lectures and discussion by Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon and Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman. It is the first session in a series on the “Jewishness” of Israel

On Thursday, October 28, 2010, the Shalom Hartman Institute , in partnership with the Israel Defense Forces’ “Harel” brigade will hold a special event with the Givat Hatachmoshet organization (Ammunition Hill Museum) in honor of author Dr. Nachum Baruchi.
The event, “Jerusalem – War and Peace,” will feature lectures and discussion by prominent guest speakers. Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs will address the subject of the strategic status of Jerusalem.
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman , president of SHI, will speak about the “The Vision of Jerusalem in Judaism,” focusing on the critical issues that make Jerusalem one of the most controversial cities in the world.  
The event will honor the publication of a new book by Six Day War veteran Dr. Baruchi, The Harel Division in the Six Day War, which recounts Dr. Baruchi’s experiences as a commander in the Harel Brigade, and the battles the unit faced on the way to uniting Jerusalem during the 1967 war.
On the site of one of the most crucial battles that ultimately allowed the IDF to gain access to the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967, “Jerusalem: War and Peace” will seek to break through the rhetoric of political slogans and religious divisions that have come to cloud debates about Jerusalem. The goal of the discussion is to explore core ideas and concepts regarding the role of Jerusalem within Judaism, in the hope that such an exploration can lead to new approaches, possibilities, and solutions, and ultimately, to peace.
Facilitating this SHI-sponsored event is Colonel (Res.) Ya’akov Castel , director of the Shalom Hartman Institute Lev Aharon program, which provides  seminars for senior IDF officers. More than 1,000 senior officers a year participate in this unprecedented leadership training experience, exploring intersections of Jewish and Israeli identity, Zionism, religious pluralism, and the complex interplay between Judaism, democracy, and morality in Israeli society.

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