Almost overlooked in the dramatic political changes of the last two weeks is an historic moment in Israeli history: Naftali Bennett is the first Orthodox prime minister of Israel. Not everyone in the religious Zionist community is thrilled, however: Some accuse him of betraying religious Zionism through his preference for political pluralism over an exclusively right-wing coalition.
In this episode, Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain explore how Bennett’s so-called betrayal opens up tantalizing questions about the direction of religious Zionism and for Israeli Jewish society as a whole.
A transcript of this episode is available here.
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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.”