Michal Hartman opened the first meeting on the topic of From Crisis to Covenant
with a discussion on Talmudic texts that reflect on pluralism, tolerance, and deviance that will accompany them throughout the entire seminar. Yehuda Kurtzer
followed with a session Beyond Crisis: Framing a New Conversation About Israel
. Donniel Hartman
then spoke to the group about The Boundaries of Criticism
The evening ended with a roundtable discussion in which Michal asked each of the participants to share one take from the evening. A range of responses were offered, among them, many mentioned the "daunting task" of seeing Israel through a new narrative.
The next session will feature Elana Stein Hain
on the topic of Power and Powerlessness
. Michal Hartman will peruse Ruach Tzahal, and an IDF officer will talk about the challenges and use of power in the army.