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Shavuot Teaches That Ideas Matter

Donniel Hartman talks about Shavuot, and how it teaches us that Torah study is to remind us that ideas matter in Judaism.
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

Donniel Hartman of Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, talks about Shavuot, and how it teaches us that Torah study is to remind us that ideas matter in Judaism. Jewish learning, Jewish thought, Jewish progress, Israel, monotheism – these are the ideas from Judaism that have made an impact on the world for more than 3,000 years.

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