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Ideas for Today

Learn virtually with Hartman scholars

What are the big Jewish ideas we need for this moment? Hartman scholars tackle pressing issues of our day so we can think better and do better.

  • Living a Jewish Life: How can Jewish faith, ethics, and practice help us live more meaningful lives?
  • Israel & Jewish Peoplehood: What are the values animating the Israel we imagine?
  • Judaism in the Public Square: What’s at stake when Judaism and civics intersect?

Welcome to the conversation.

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May 5, 2023

As Israel marks its 75th year of independence, can we still claim that the Jewish people share one destiny?

May 5, 2023

Recorded at March 19, 2023 Leadership Forum on American Jewry & Israel in Washington, DC

May 5, 2023

Recorded at March 19, 2023 Leadership Forum on American Jewry & Israel in Washington, DC

Aug 1, 2022

How have Jewish thinkers defined the relationship between the modern Jewish individual, the Jewish people, and the Jewish past?

Aug 1, 2022

How did the rabbis understand the ideal role of work in our lives, the kinds of work that are best, and the relationship between work, rest, and play?

Jul 12, 2022

Examining the biblical verses whose conflicting interpretations led to the splitting of paths between these traditions.

Jun 3, 2022

Mara Benjamin, Judith Plaskow

Mara Benjamin and Judith Plaskow discuss the responsibility of theologians in response to today's escalating climate crisis.

Jun 2, 2022

Micah Goodman, Jonathan Haidt

Micah Goodman and Jonathan Haidt explore how faith and ethics can contribute to healing a society broken apart by technology.

May 13, 2022

Mijal Bitton, Yolanda Savage-Narva, Gil Preuss

Mijal Bitton and Yolanda Savage-Narva explore the complexities involved in building the kind of vibrant Jewish community of belonging that we aspire to live in.

Mar 4, 2022

Drawing on classical midrash, medieval exegesis and kabbalah, Melila Hellner-Eshed explores interpretations of the iconic opening of the Bible.

Feb 28, 2022

Erin Leib Smokler spoke with Gordon Tucker about his essay from her new book that wrestles with the implications of the pandemic.

Feb 17, 2022

Three-part series led by Mishael Zion uncovering the most recent innovations in Israeli Jewish Identity through text, music, food, and fashion.

Feb 10, 2022

Donniel Hartman, Gil Preuss

Donniel Hartman and Gil Preuss discuss how we can engage in a meaningful, respectful, and productive conversation about Israel.

Feb 2, 2022

Elana Stein Hain in conversation with Noam Zion about his new book, Sanctified Sex: The Two-Thousand-Year Jewish Debate on Marital Intimacy.

Jan 28, 2022

Three-part series led by Leora Batnitzky exploring how and why modernity has forced Jews to define themselves either as a religion or a nation.

Dec 9, 2021

Four-part series led by Benjamin Sommer exploring the limits and opportunities of pluralism.

Nov 16, 2021

Four-part series led by Elana Stein Hain exploring how rabbinic tradition navigated everyday life’s uncertainties.

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