Ideas for Today

Writing a Torah of Peaceful Religious Zionism

What is the Torah that can inspire a more universalistic vision of religious Zionism?
Elana Stein Hain, Yakov Nagen
Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Rosh Beit Midrash and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty, engages in research and curriculum development and consults on the content of lay and professional leadership programs. A widely well-regarded teacher and scholar, Elana is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life. To this end, she created Talmud from the Balcony, an occasional learning seminar

Yakov Nagen

What is the Torah that can inspire a more universalistic vision of religious Zionism? What role should interfaith work play in shaping this vision? Elana Stein Hain, Rosh Beit Midrash and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, sits down with Yakov Nagen, Director of Ohr Torah Stone’s Blickle Institute for Interfaith Dialogue and Beit Midrash for Judaism and Humanity, to discuss his new book and his activism on these issues.


In the current Israeli government, religious Zionism is playing an ultra-nationalist and right-wing role. Is this what religious Zionism has to be? In her series Reclaiming a Religious Zionism that Embraces Darkhei Shalom (Paths of Peace), Elana Stein Hain has conversations with Israeli thought leader-activists who are working toward a different vision of religion and of religious Zionism.

This program is part of Ideas for Today, curated courses by Hartman Institute scholars on the big Jewish ideas we need to think better and do better.

Other sessions in the series:

  • Promoting Democracy and Pluralism within Israeli Communities with former MK Tehila Friedman
  • Connecting Israeli Interests with Jewish Values with Avidan Freedman and Dyonna Ginsburg

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