The Israel We Imagine: When Visions Confront Reality

Elana Stein Hain discussed Israel’s purpose and how our vision for Israel color our responses to messier realities.
Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Rosh Beit Midrash and a senior research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty and consults on the content of lay and professional programs. A widely well-regarded thinker and teacher, Elana is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life. To this end, she hosts TEXTing, a bi-weekly podcast that considers issues relevant to Jewish life through the lens

The State of Israel serves as a powerful symbol to Jews around the world. Different Jews expect the State of Israel to serve different purposes in the world and in Jewish life.

At this program in Toronto, Elana Stein Hain explored the varied ways that people envision Israel’s purpose and meaning and how these visions can conflict with one another. She will examine how we arrive at our sense of what Israel’s purpose should be, and how that imagination colors our responses to messier realities. And throughout, we will consider the roles of both humility and activism in our relationship to Israel.

Sponsored by The Louis & Moshe J. Weisfeld Annual Memorial Lectures

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