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Yom Ha'atzmaut

Independence Day for the Modern State of Israel

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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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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Jewish Attitudes Towards the Land of Israel during the Time of the Second Temple

Dr.

Malka Z. Simkovich

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