The Natural Gas Royalties: Political Ethics and Economic Sense
What are the considerations behind the demand to allow the public to share in the profits of the natural resources discovered in the Mediterranean Sea? Is it possible to force the investors to accept an increase in the state’s share of the profits, after the former took a substantial financial risk? And is there justification for changing the agreement retroactively? Hartman Institute researchers Professor Noam Zohar and Dr. Dani Attas delve into the moral and political dilemmas behind the heated debate.
A New Discourse on Sexuality
Question and answer sites on the Internet have become the first public spaces where religious Zionist rabbis are asked questions regarding the body and sexuality. Research by Professor Avi Sagi and Yakir Englander reveals that in their responses, the rabbis often choose an approach that is fundamentalist and isolationist, increasingly reminiscent of the ultra-Orthodox world.
The Chosen People in America / Arnold M. Eisen
This important work by Arnold Eisen examines the ways in which American Jewish thinkers dealt with the dilemma of the “chosenness” of the Jewish People within a society that emphasizes universal values. Almost thirty years after the book’s original publication, Stuart Schoffman writes, the subject of “The Chosen People in America” retains its significance for the Israeli reader.
Abraham Sutzkever: The Greatest Israeli Yiddish Poet
Few Israelis know the name of Abraham Sutzkever, who lived amongst them from his immigration in 1947 until his death this year. Sutzkever, who was extracted from the forests of occupied Vilna in a Soviet airplane after his son and mother were murdered, brought the remnants of the cultural treasures of Lithuanian Jewry with him to Israel, settled in Tel Aviv and continued to create and write in Yiddish for the rest of his life. The language that made him one of Israel’s greatest poets, writes Miriam Trin, is also what served as a barrier between him and his countrymen.