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Reflections Newsletter from Shalom Hartman InstituteThe newest issue of Reflections, the Shalom Hartman Institute electronic magazine of ideas, is now online. Read these five great articles:

Israeli Society and the ‘Society of Learners’

Professors Shlomo Naeh, Zvi Zohar and Elhanan Reiner discuss the place of Torah scholars within the Jewish People throughout the generations, and the relevance of models from Jewish history to the current political rift

The Secrets of ‘Guide to the Perplexed’

Dr. Micah Goodman, who is currently completing the first book in Hebrew that is completely dedicated to the Guide to the Perplexed, explains why he also chose to reveal its secrets

Ancient Jewish Magic

Dr. Ishay Rosen-Zvi surveys Yovel Harari’s book on magic in Judaism, which shatters some of the myths relating to magic


As shown by Dr.Adam Afterman, devekut was a marginal commandment in the time of the Sages. Only under the influence of external philosophies did the great medieval Jewish thinkers give it a new meaning and a more significant status

Abraham Abulafia

Professor Moshe Idel’s survey clarifies how even amongst self-declared messiahs, the 13th century Abulafia was a unique figure

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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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Four lectures about Serving God in the Jewish tradition by leading scholars of Jewish studies from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Israel, pluralistic Jewish learning and leadership training. Soon on the Shalom Hartman Institute website.

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תיקון ליל שבועות
המוסר, היהדות והמלחמה

Ethics, Judaism and War is the theme of this year’s Tikkun Leil Shavuot – evening of learning – at Shalom Hartman Institute.  Speakers are scheduled to include Rabbi Prof. David Hartman, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, and others. Details on the program as soon as all speakers and topics are confirmed.

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God Narratives in the Torah by Donniel Hartman. This special lecture is now available online for the first time. It was given July 10, 2008, at Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.

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So, have you cleaned your house yet? Scrubbed the oven? If you have, then take a few moments to read up on the deeper meaning of Pesach – and to ponder a few additional questions beyond the hoary four you ask every year by looking at the Hartman Institute special section on Pesach now on our website.

Being the Hartman Institute, we ask more questions than we answer, but by doing so we hope to prod you to ask more questions at your Pesach seder, and to discuss the ones we’ve posed, as well. Here is a guide to just some of what we have on site in store for you:

Questions old and new

Freedom and Identity

And don’t miss the videos from Donniel Hartman and David Hartman.

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There’s a lot going on at the Hartman Institute this week. Beginning Sunday, more than 20 leading Jewish, Christian and Muslim theologians from Europe, North America, and Israel arrived for the Institute’s 22nd annual theology conference. The session is not open to the public, but there will be one evening of lectures for public consumption. The subject of the public evening is:  “Holy Envy,” and speakers are Paula Fredriksen, Jesper Svartvik and Shiraz Hijiani. Rabbi Prof. David Hartman will give what is being described as a “personal note” during the evening.

Watch this video to get a sense of what the conference’s aims are. They’re quite different from what many call “interfaith” dialogue.

The lecture is the Edward Bronfman Annual Lecture and is in memory of theologian Krister Stendahl, a onetime Fellow at the Institute, who died in 2008. The lecture is being given Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. There will be a video made of the lecture, so those who cannot come to the event will be able to watch it on this and other websites afterward. Write me if you want to receive notification of its posting online.

Shalom Hartman Institute will dedicate the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Beit Midrash on Thursday, February 26, 2009.

Mandel Beit Midrash Dedication, February 26, 2009

Mandel Beit Midrash Dedication, February 26, 2009

In the dedication announcement, it reads:

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel have lived their lives in total dedication and commitment to the well-being of the Jewish people. They have made concern for Jewish education the central value in their efforts to strengthen Jewish life.

Their work in the Jewish community center movement, and their development of learned, dedicated Jewish professionals have made a tremendous contribution to Jewish communal and institutional life.

The Shalom Hartman Institute is honored to name its new study hall for Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel, and to dedicate this room to enhancing the learning of students who yearn for a deeper understanding of Judaism.

The program for the dedication ceremony includes greetings by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, comments by students, an address by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman, and closing remarks by Mort Mandel.

The library dedication will also be filmed, so look forward to seeing that online, as well.

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Rabbi Bill Berk, Director, Center for Rabbinic Enrichment, invites rabbis the world over to attend the Summer 2009 Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar at Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem

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ערב עיון על הספר, “מאין באנו- הצופן הגנטי של התנ”ך,” מאת ישראל קנוהל, יתקיים ביום שלישי ה’ בכסלו, 2 בדצמבר   2008,בשעה 20:00


פרופ’ עמיחי מזר, האוניברסיטה העברית
פרופ’ אהרון מאיר, אוניברסיטת בר אילן
פרופ’ יאיר לורברבוים, אוניברסיטת בר אילן ומכון שלום הרטמן
פרופ’ ישראל קנוהל, האוניברסיטה העברית  ומכון שלום הרטמן

יו”ר – פרופ’ שמחה קוגוט, האוניברסיטה העברית

במכון שלום הרטמן, רח’ גדליהו אלון 11 ירושלים

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Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, Co-Director, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, Israel, talks about the different types of Jews in history and today as defined by the different approaches in Chapters 18 and 22 in the Book of Breishit, Genesis, in the Bible, in this video lecture (Part 2 of 2) for participants of the Christian Leadership Initiative of the Hartman Institute

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