Yom Ha'atzmaut

The Significance of Israel for the Future of Judaism

Treating Israel solely as a haven against persecution short changes the state's importance.
Shalom Hartman Institute Founder Rabbi Prof. David Hartman z”l was a leading thinker among philosophers of contemporary Judaism and an internationally renowned Jewish author. As part of his unique vision to deal with the challenges of Judaism in the modern world, Rabbi Prof. David Hartman founded the Shalom Hartman Institute in 1976 in honor of his father. He was a man who is with us no more A thinker, teacher, and lover of mankind Our

In 2008, David Hartman set out a seminal argument about the relevance of the State of Israel for the health of the Jewish people. He published it in Havruta, the journal of the Shalom Hartman Institute. 

Throughout the history of modern Israel, many people, both living in the state and abroad, have believed that the fundamental purpose of creating the State of Israel was to solve the condition of Jewish suffering by providing a national home for Jews. Although persecution and suffering played a major role in the quest for Jewish political independence, treating Israel solely as a haven against persecution is, I believe, incomplete and inadequate for understanding the significance and importance of the rebirth of the Jewish state.

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