Eitan Cooper, points out in Parshat Re’eh that in order to fulfill our human potential and become the image of an invisible God, to make the Land a blessing rather than a curse for its inhabitants, we need to be visible, to be there and be responsible for each other.
Professor Doron Bar, tells how Herzl, originally buried in Vienna, came to be buried in Israel, the country he never lived to see. As we mark this momentous anniversary learn more about the phenomenon of bringing devout Zionists “home” to be reburied.
Theodor Herzl died on July 3, 1904, and was buried in Vienna. He wrote in his will that he should be buried next to his father in Vienna “until the day when the Jewish people transfer my remains to Palestine”. His wish was fulfilled 70 years ago, when he was reburied on Mount Herzl on August 17, 1949. This month, in lieu of a responsum, I am republishing my article “Moses and Herzl” which originally appeared in Conservative Judaism 47/1 (Fall 1994), pp. 39-49 and in revised form in my book Insight Israel: The View from Schechter, second series, Jerusalem, 2006, pp. 151-166. Yehi zikhro barukh! May Herzl’s vision and memory continue to inspire us! DG
Dr Ari Ackerman, points out the fundamental differences between two types of commandments. On one hand we have commandments with rational explanations, and on the other, we have commandments with unclear, hidden rationales.
Some 40 Jewish educators from Kiev, Odessa, Chernowitz, Kharkov, Berdichev, Lvov and Uzhgorod attended a 5-day Learning Marathon for Ukrainian Jewish teachers and informal educators sponsored by Midreshet Yerushlayim, a Ukraine-based educational arm of The Schechter Institutes. Midreshet Yerushalayim has been working in Ukraine since 1990.
Dr. Tamar Kadari, Dean of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and lecturer for Midrash and Aggadah, tells the story of Yehoshua bar Chananya who asked: “Where is God during times of trouble?”
Eitan Cooper, admires Pinchas’ leadership. Pinchas understood that there are moments when bold zealotry is required, but most of the time leadership demands dialogue and tolerance. How does this relate to the upcoming elections in Israel?
A unique partnership between the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam has created the first ever summer school focusing on Jerusalem. The week-long seminar, with Schechter faculty taking part, has attracted students from across the Netherlands.
Dr. Shula Laderman, discusses the strange story of the talking donkey. Her commentary is accompanied by a painting from the renowned artist Avner Moriah. What happens when a sorcerer, a king and a donkey take center stage?