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Modern Israel

I Was an “Israelien” and Became [More] Jewish via Bible Study

Prof.

Athalya Brenner-Idan

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Joshua’s Conquest: A Cultural and Pedagogical Dilemma in Modern Israel

Ben-Gurion saw the IDF as a modern instantiation of Joshua’s military might. The Israeli writer and politician S. Yizhar, in contrast, asserted that we should discard Joshua because of the violence and wholesale slaughter recounted in the book. Contemporary Israeli teachers grapple with the question of how to teach students such a core story of Jewish history that is fraught with moral problems.

Dr.

Gili Kugler

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Israel’s Army: What Is the Basis for the Draft in Jewish Law?

When the State of Israel was established, the leading figures in religious Zionism had to justify Israel’s right to conscript soldiers using Jewish legal sources.

Prof.

Robert Eisen

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Tikvatenu: The Poem that Inspired Israel’s National Anthem, Hatikva

With a Close Look at Its Biblical Sources

Prof. Rabbi

Dalia Marx

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The Ancient Judean Holiday: Yom Nicanor - 13th of Adar

The historical events surrounding the holiday, Yom Nicanor, and why we should consider marking the day in our generation.

Dr. Rabbi

Zev Farber

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An Ancient Precedent for the Yom Kippur War?

Two Roman conquests of Jerusalem (Pompey in 63 B.C.E. and Sosius in 37 B.C.E.) purportedly happened on “the day of the fast,” during which the Jews barely defended themselves. Is this a reference to Yom Kippur and why didn’t the Jews defend themselves?

Dr.

Nadav Sharon

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Israel’s Declaration of Independence and the Biblical Right to the Land

Defending the right of Jews to the land, the Declaration of Independence invokes their connection going back to biblical times. But does this declaration conform to biblical thought?

Prof.

Nili Wazana

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Hasidic-Muslim Relations in Ottoman Palestine

In the wake of the Hasidic aliyah in the 18th and 19th centuries, Hasidic masters reflected on the positive experience the local Jews had with their Muslim neighbors, as well as the importance of loving the land’s inhabitants as part of loving the land itself. 

Prof.

Yitzhak Y. Melamed

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