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SHI In The News – Spring 2011

Recent articles by or mentioning Donniel Hartman, Yehuda Jurtzer, Yossi Klein Halevi, Zvi Mark and Ariel Picard

Can a Jew legally cancel his Jewishness? (Yehuda Kurtzer, The Jerusalem Post, May 26,2011)

SHI North America President Yehuda Kurtzer on the Jewish collective and the pluralism of ideas.

Yossi Klein Halevi in US media

In the days before and after President Obama’s speech on the Middle East on May 18, 2011, Yossi Klein Halevi, SHI Fellow and member of the Engaging Israel panel, published articles in three leading US media on the state of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship and on Israel’s relations with the U.S.: 
Shalom Hartman Institute Fellow Zvi Mark was quoted at length in this article about Rabbi Eliezer Berland and the group of Bratslaver Hasidim who follow this controversial leader.

Beyond Religious and Secular  (Jerusalem Post)

A recent essay by Ariel Picard, Educational Director of Shalom Hartman Institute’s Be’eri program, was quoted in a Jerusalem Post article entitled, " Beyond Religious and Secular ": 

"There have been, Picard writes, two broad streams of thinking about Jewish law, each best exemplified by a great medieval thinker. For Yehuda Halevi (c. 1075-1141), the truths of prophecy and revelation issue directly from God and are vouchsafed by the chain of tradition. For Maimonides (1138-1204), these truths are mediated by the exertions of human reason. The respective outlooks of these two thinkers – roughly, tradition and obedience vs. interpretation and intellectual cultivation – have vied with one another throughout the course of Jewish religious history.  

"Turning to the present, Picard avers that the first model commands the allegiance only of the already faithful, and then only by keeping its engagement with modernity to a minimum. The second, however, offers the possibility of combining fidelity to tradition with outward engagement. That is, even if halacha cannot (and should not) function as the law of a liberal democratic state, it can and must serve as a normative voice within civil society, and in that society’s debates over the shape and meaning of community and identity.


"Central to Picard’s project is Sabbath observance – not as something to be coerced – to the contrary, undoing religious coercion is of vital importance to him – but as a means of educating all of us in how to retain our humanity and its trace of the divine in a market- and media driven world. Indeed, it is the living reality of Jewish statehood that for Picard makes possible just this sort of head-on engagement of halacha with the larger society and culture."

Donniel Hartman’s column on Pesach, " The Memory of Pesach: A Tale of Two Stories ," was reprinted by Ynetnews

Institute Fellow Prof. Gil Troy was interviewed by Israel’s English-language TV news about Pesach. View the video here .
Donniel Hartman’s column on the Goldstone "retraction," "Talking About Israel: Goldstone, J-Street, AIPAC and the Space in Between," was reprinted in the April 8, 2011, issue of  "10 Minutes of Torah," a daily email newsletter sent out by the Union for Reform Judaism.

Shalom from Egypt (Global Conversation, March 2, 2011)


After making waves in Egypt and then Israel , Donniel Hartman’s " Letter to the Egyptian People " continues to be noticed. Amanda Labora of Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies quoted from the article in a March 2, 2011, blog post. Rob Eshman, editor of the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, also noted it in two  separate pieces he posted on the newspaper’s website.


Donniel Hartman was also asked by Jerusalem Report to pen an article about the phenomenon created by the original article. The piece for the Jerusalem Report, "The Neighbor’s Mirror," is not available online as of mid-March, 2011.

Hello, Rabbi (Yedioth Ahronoth, Feb. 22, 2011)

Yedioth Ahronoth, one of Israel’s leading daily newspapers, features a column from the SHI website by Donniel Hartman and the many responses received to the column on our website from Egyptians and the larger Arab world in a lengthy article. Click here to read the article in English.

Being religious in Israeli Navy (Ynetnews, Feb. 17, 2011)

Two Hartman High School graduates, Adiel Shauloff and Neil Friedlander, both 21, are featured in an article about remaining religious while serving in the IDF’s elite naval units. An earlier version ran in Hebrew.

Israel, Alone Again? Yossi Klein Halevi in The New York Times, Feb. 2, 2011

Anxiety and Skepticism Gil Troy in The New York Times, Feb. 1, 2011
Say no to Jewish ghetto (Donniel Hartman, Ynetnews, December 15, 2010  
Institute Fellow Yossi Klein Halevi is quoted in an article about the controversy surrounding the call by some rabbis not to rent apartments in Israel to non-Jews.  Click here to read the entire article.
The Institute’s Ariel Picard commented on this issue in an article that was published on the Israeli news website, NRG. Click here to read it (Hebrew). Institute Fellow Shraga Bar-On also wrote about the controversy on Ynet. Click here to read the original (Hebrew).
From Catholic Childhood To Jewish Leadership (Gary Rosenblatt, Jewish Week, December 7, 2010)
Jewish Week Editor Gary Rosenblatt interviewed Shalom Hartman Institute of North America Board Chair Angelica Berrie recently. He described her as "a sophisticated and thoughtful leader in business and Jewish life."
In the interview, Berrie describes some of the many Institute programs engaged in spreading a pluralistic view of Judaism, as well as speaking of her own upbringing and her connection to the Institute. Click here to read the full article.

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