Ideas for Today

Promoting Democracy and Pluralism Within Israeli Communities

What does a religious Zionism look like that promotes pluralism and democracy?
Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Rosh Beit Midrash and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty, engages in research and curriculum development and consults on the content of lay and professional leadership programs. A widely well-regarded teacher and scholar, Elana is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life. To this end, she created Talmud from the Balcony, an occasional learning seminar

Tehila Friedman

What does a religious Zionism look like that promotes pluralism and democracy? How might those who espouse such vision challenge the current trends in Israel? Elana Stein Hain sits down with Tehila Friedman, Hartman Research Fellow, former Knesset member for the Blue and White party, and host of Hartman’s Hebrew language podcast במדינת היהודים | Bemidinat Hayehudim (In the Jewish State) to discuss how her work is galvanizing religious communities to think about these questions.

In the current Israeli government, religious Zionism is playing an ultra-nationalist and right-wing role. Is this what religious Zionism has to be? In her series Reclaiming a Religious Zionism that Embraces Darkhei Shalom (Paths of Peace), Elana Stein Hain has conversations with Israeli thought leader-activists who are working toward a different vision of religion and of religious Zionism.

This program is part of Ideas for Today, curated courses by Hartman Institute scholars on the big Jewish ideas we need to think better and do better.

Other sessions in the series:

  • Writing a Torah of Peaceful Religious Zionism with Yaakov Nagen
  • Connecting Israeli Interests with Jewish Values with Avidan Freedman and Dyonna Ginsburg

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