As the memory of the Holocaust transitions from open wound to historical scar, what are the lessons from it that we carry as a people? What is the necessary balance between particularist Jewish lessons of national sovereignty and self-defense and the more universal lessons of tolerance and anti-racism? With the Jewish people increasingly divided by religious and political issues, is it realistic to expect the Holocaust to continue to unite us?
Netanyahu’s controversial nomination of Brigadier General Effi Eitam as chairman of Yad Vashem sparks a passionate discussion between Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain about the core lessons of the Holocaust and Judaism’s ancient emphasis on remembering evil.
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For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”