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Has there ever been a more contentious time in Jerusalem than now? Or is that a joke? It has always been the most contentious time in Jerusalem: invaders, occupants, takeovers, fences, walls, barbed wire, combat, fire, and more are in the earthly history of Jerusalem.

Yet now, while we hope and pray there is never again a shooting war in Jerusalem, is a particularly contentious time where the future of Jerusalem as an earthly and spiritual city, as well as the capital(s?) of state(s?) is under heated discussion. It seems that every apartment built, every synagogue reopened, every road/street repair causes someone to get agitated, from the President of the United States to the lowliest local resident. I do not mean to equate all of these concerns; some are clearly more serious on a global, political, and spiritual basis than others. But it does make for lively discussion when the city’s Mayor is snubbed by the White House and the Interior Minister is invited.

Herein, then, in advance of this year’s Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day – May 12, 2010)  are several articles and essays by Hartman Institute scholars on this city of many faiths, many constituents, and residents:

One Mount, Two Religions, Three Proposals

A set of surprising suggestions and recommendations for how to address perhaps the most argued over spot on Earth: the Temple Mount/Har Habayit/Haram Ash-Sharif/Mount Moriah/Noble Sanctuary from Hartman Institute’s Menachem Fisch, Israel Knohl, and Elhanan Reiner.

Professor Israel Knohl relates to the partial fulfillment of Yeshayahu’s vision; Professor Elhanan Reiner explains the idea behind aliyah le’regel; and Professor Menachem Fisch explains that the holiness of place is not connected to ownership.

Donniel Hartman: Divide Jerusalem to unite it

Jerusalem must be a divided city – divided among all aspects and ideologies of Israeli society, for only as a divided city can it be united as the capital of all Israelis. Jerusalem must be a safe city – safe for all expressions of Jewishness.

Jerusalem will achieve this only when we recognize that the city is no one’s unless it is all of ours, and when there is a new spirit in which we all actively pursue public policies that give room and respect for us all, not only our personal agendas.

Donniel Hartman: This summer in Jerusalem – heat and holiness

Jerusalem is not just the place where we convene; it is the place that enables the convention. It is in this capacity that I experienced the holiness of Jerusalem, a holiness which fosters respect, loyalty, and mutual consideration. May this be the Jerusalem we all get to experience, for this is when Jerusalem is truly a city of gold.

Rani Yaeger: Heavenly Jerusalem, Earthly Jerusalem

Forty one years after the reunification of the city’s east and west, it is time to unify heavenly Jerusalem and earthly Jerusalem. We must temper our veneration with criticism, and our criticism with veneration, neither glorifying the city so much we cannot see her flaws, nor deploring her so much we have no desire to correct them. Only once we stop loving Jerusalem from afar, once we eradicate the barriers of idealized images and disappointed dreams, will the 2,000-year exile from the city really come to an end. Only then will Jerusalem become our home.

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Holy Living in Human Bodies: 2010 Edward Bronfman Family Foundation Annual Lecture at Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel. Part of the 2010 International Theology Conference, January 2010. Speakers were Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed, Shalom Hartman Institute, Prof. Rusmir Mahmutehaji, University of Sarajevo, President, International Forum Bosnia, and Rev. David M. Neuhaus, SJ, Vicar for the Hebrew and Russian-speaking Catholic communities in Israel, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Opening remarks were made by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman. The moderator was Dr. Hami Verbin, Shalom Hartman Institute.

The Hartman Institute gratefully acknowledges the Bronfman family for supporting this annual initiative.

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Jewish, Christian, and Muslim theologians from across the globe will be addressing the topic, “Holy Living in Human Bodies” in seminars and study sessions in which they will use classic and contemporary texts from all three faiths.

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The Shalom Hartman Institute is pleased to invite the public to attend The Edward Bronfman Family Foundation Annual Lecture on Religious Pluralism, “Holy Living in Human Bodies,” Tuesday, February 16, 2010, at 20:00 (8 PM).

Speakers are Dr. Melila Hellner-Eshed, Shalom Hartman Institute, Prof. Rusmir Mahmutćehajić, University of Sarajevo, President, International Forum Bosnia, and Rev. David M. Neuhaus, SJ, Vicar for the Hebrew and Russian-speaking Catholic communities in Israel, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Opening remarks will be made by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman. The moderator is Dr. Hami Verbin, Shalom Hartman Institute. For more information, contact Brenda Yagod, +972-2-567-5320.

The lecture is affiliated with the Institute’s annual International Theology Conference, which is being held, February 14-18, 2010. Click here for more information on the 2010 conference.

The invitation-only conference will address questions such as: What does it mean to be made “in God’s image” in these mortal bodies? What moral implications arise from a serious engagement with the animal nature in which our rational self-awareness dwells?

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Hartman Institute Rabbinic Fellows have concluded their Winter 2010 retreat at the Institute. They are nearing the end of their three-year program. Some of their comments from recent blog posts give you a sense of how highly they have valued the program:

Rabbi Jonah Layman: “Another week of study at the Shalom Hartman Institute has concluded and I am still amazed at how wonderful the program is. No matter the topic of study for the week – this week it was individual and community – the classes are first rate and engaging. The teaching is engaging and provocative and there is always something that I can bring home to shul to teach.” Rabbi Layman posted a nice gallery of photos on Picasa. Click here to view them.

Rabbi Steve Moskowitz: “Rabbi David Hartman created the Shalom Hartman Institute where I am now studying. He is a remarkable rabbi.  It is an honor and privilege to study with him….He is unafraid of questions.  He is unafraid of struggle, and therefore no stranger to controversy.  What is most remarkable is that I have found him to be loving and caring when addressing people and especially us, his students, yet tenacious and unforgiving when struggling with our texts.”

Rabbi Moskowitz also posted several videos on YouTube. Here’s one he titled, “Jerusalem Montage”

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Kisufim: The Jerusalem Conference of Jewish Writers and Poets, an annual literary conference in Jerusalem, is getting under way in two weeks. Several Hartman Institute scholars are participating.

Senior Fellow Menachem Lorberbaum is hosting a session on poet Paul Celan, and participating in a video-enhanced seminar with Cynthia Ozick and others with the title of “Different Faces of Exile.”

Dov Elbaum is moderating a session titled “Exile and Transcendence” featuring Asaf Inbari and Rodger Kamenetz.

Full details on the program available here (Note: This link is to an online PDF document and may take a few seconds to load).

 

 

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David Hartman will focus on the clash of modernity and traditional Judaism in his fall 2009 public lectures, the Fred and Della Worms Lecture Series, which is titled, “The Spiritual Opportunities and Dangers of Halakhah:  Readings from Rosenzweig, Buber, Soloveitchik, Berkovits, Heschel, and Leibowitz.”

Dates
Oct. 19, 2009
Nov. 2, 2009
Nov. 16, 2009
Nov 30, 2009
Dec. 21, 2009

The Winter-Spring semester will be titled the Jay and Hadasa Pomrenze Lecture Series, and the topic will be: “Talmudic and Traditional Perspectives on the Legal and Moral Status of Women, Converts and Non-Jews.”

Dates
Dec. 28, 2009
Jan. 11, 2010
Jan. 25, 2010
Feb. 8, 2010
Feb. 22, 2010

For additional information, please contact Brenda Yagod, shi@shi.org.il

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