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Saturday, February 14
 

1:45pm EST

The Rabbinic Narrative of Pacifism and Its Modern Critics
This session will offer a political theory for rabbinic Judaism—namely, that the rabbis used narrative, law, interpretation, and their own myth of origin to not only opt out of history but also to make a strong statement against sovereignty and its trappings of military force and the use of power. We will then reckon with the consequences of being the inheritors of this literature, as well as its implications for modern Zionism.

Presenters
YK

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is the president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing its educational initiatives for Jewish communal leaders. He taught at Brandeis as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation. His book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past offers new... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Grove

5:15pm EST

The Significance of Being First: Competing Jewish and Arab Discourses
Claims to the Holy Land are at the root of the Arab/Israeli conflict, and are now perhaps the most significant and contentious element. These claims are mixed with the religious traditions of Jews, Christians and Muslims, and even secular Jews and Arabs, and they reference continuities with the ancient past as a means of claiming priority. The presentation will examine ways in which these claims are made in an attempt to clarify this extraordinarily complex situation.

Presenters
IT

Ilan Troen

Born in Boston, Ilan Troen was educated at Brandeis, Hebrew University and Chicago. On making aliyah he joined Ben-Gurion University, became Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the BGU Research Institute, and pioneered programs in Israel Studies. He returned to... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Elm
 
Monday, February 16
 

1:00pm EST

The Israel We Imagine
Much of the political debate about Israel masks an underlying, under-investigated conflict of imagination and narrative. If we operate with different standards of the behavior we expect of Israel, it is no surprise that we struggle to reach consensus on its success or failure. In this session we will try to probe the different imaginary narratives that enter into different approaches to Israel, and will try to explore if – and how – a new form of consensus can be reached.

Presenters
YK

Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is the president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, overseeing its educational initiatives for Jewish communal leaders. He taught at Brandeis as the inaugural Chair of Jewish Communal Innovation. His book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past offers new... Read More →


Monday February 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Aspen