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Summer 2011 Lectures and Seminars on Video

Sessions taught by SHI scholars and subject experts will be available online in video and audio formats. The first lectures are now available for viewing online

Nearly 20 of the Summer 2011 sessions taught by SHI scholars and subject experts were recorded and will be made available online in video and audio formats, including the SHI Podcast on Apple’s iTunes. The first lectures are now available for viewing online. Click here to view the most updated list of videos.
Click here or look below on this page to view a sample video from the Summer 2011 Community Leadership Program Retreat in Jerusalem.
The 2011 Community Leadership Summer Retreat and Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar sessions in Jerusalem focused on the theme: “Jewish Peoplehood: The Meaning of the Collective in Modern Jewish Life.”

Lectures, seminars, group, and hevruta study addressed questions such as:

  • How do the different names for the Jewish collective–Am Yisrael, Klal Yisrael, or B’nai Yisrael–reflect different aspects and ideals of Jewish Peoplehood?
  • What are the core values of Judaism expressed through the collective as refracted through our sacred texts?
  • How does the value of Peoplehood conflict with or complement other claims of the individual or of the family?
  • What responsibility do Jews have for one another across social, political, and national lines?
  • What obligations does Peoplehood create both in its particularist and universalist expressions?
  • How have vibrant "Diaspora" communities reshaped our understanding of Peoplehood?
  • How do land and nationhood inform and complicate our picture of the Jewish collective?
  • What are the central rituals that create and define Peoplehood, and what values do they teach?
  • What is the relationship between the Jewish People and its sacred texts?
"Judaism: Religion and People, Part II," with Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Vice President of Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and director of Rabbinic Leadership Programs.

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