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No. 8: What the Pandemic Tells Us About Haredim and Jewish Peoplehood

Donniel Hartman, Elana Stein Hain and Yossi Klein Halevi discuss Haredi opposition to pandemic restrictions.
Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute and holds the Kaufman Family Chair in Jewish Philosophy. He is author of the Boundaries of Judaism, and Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. His latest book, Who are the Jews and Who Can We Become, was a 2023 Jewish Book Council Award Finalist.  Donniel is also the host of the award-winning podcast For Heaven’s Sake, together with his colleague Yossi Klein

Elana Stein Hain

Yossi Klein Halevi

In episode #8 of For Heaven’s Sake, Donniel, Yossi, and Elana talk about Haredi opposition to the pandemic restrictions and how this impacts their relationship to the rest of Israel’s citizenry.

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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.”

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