Video Lecture Series: Peoplehood and Its Role and Significance in Jewish Life
In this 9-part Video Lecture Series, senior Shalom Hartman Institute faculty members delve into the idea of Jewish Peoplehood – its complex origins, its implications and how it might be sustained. An issue of wide concern in the Jewish community today, the concept of a “Jewish collective” appears at odds with a contemporary ethos of intense individualism.
As the meanings and implications of Jewish Peoplehood have a direct impact on nearly all of the central questions and tensions of Judaism and modern life, anxiety about a dwindling sense of Peoplehood is increasingly defining the agenda for Israeli agencies and Jewish institutions and federations worldwide.
This video lecture series presents a broad and deep analysis of some of the tensions that Peoplehood raises in classical Jewish tradition and contemporary Jewish thought and life.
This Video Lecture Series includes:
- The Meaning and Significance of Peoplehood in Jewish Life
- Genesis and Exodus: Two Models of Jewish Peoplehood
- The Emergence of Jewish Peoplehood from the Biblical Perspective
- Prioritizing Peoplehood: A Reading of the Book of Jonah
- The Individual and the Collective
- The Poetics of Peoplehood
- Peoplehood and the Centrality of Place
- Jewish Peoplehood and the Possibilities of Modernity
- Core Principles of Jewish Peoplehood:
- Source Book: Including all texts referenced in the lectures, plus additional supplementary sources and recommended background readings.
- Leader’s Guide: Lecture summaries, suggested questions for guiding hevruta study and group discussion, supplementary source descriptions, and advice on structuring and teaching the course.
- Background Readings: Additional information
The Lecture Series and accompanying curricular study materials are designed to be used by a rabbi or educator with a group of lay leaders in a weekly or monthly study program. The rabbi/educator serves as the lead teacher, utilizing the materials and lectures as best suited for his/her community, preparing the participants for the lecture by studying the texts and reading the supplementary materials in advance, either in a separate session, or in a shorter 45-minute preparatory session.