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Friday, February 13
 

8:45pm EST

Ethics of War: The Status of Enemy Civilians
What guidance can a largely diasporic Jewish corpus offer today's Israeli military? This session mines Jewish tradition for responses to the relatively new reality of asymmetric/guerrilla warfare in the Middle East, while placing these responses in context of contemporary Israeli debate.

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Elana Stein Hain

Elana Stein Hain is the Director of Leadership Education at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She has a PhD in Religion with a focus on rabbinic legal loopholes in the Talmud from Columbia University, and served as a clergy member at Lincoln Square Synagogue and the Jewish... Read More →


Friday February 13, 2015 8:45pm - 10:00pm EST
Aspen
 
Saturday, February 14
 

11:30am EST

Passing the Pen: How Increased Literacy and Education Have Changed the Meaning of Torah
While the contents of the written Torah and the oral Torah certainly contain a multitude of voices, access to "Torah-making" authority has always been limited by factors such as gender, literacy, and social status. In this session we will explore the ways in which shifts and expansions in access to "Torah-making" authority have contributed profoundly to the content and meaning of Torah over time and how the most recent expansions in access to both Jewish studies and the rabbinate are having a profound effect on contemporary Judaism and Torah.

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Elsie Stern

Elsie Stern is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She teaches courses in Bible and Rabbinics at RRC and studies the ways in which Jews throughout history have transmitted and received Torah through text and oral performance. Her teaching... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm EST
Willow

5:15pm EST

Fallen Angels and Forbidden Fruit
Many of us are familiar with the story of Adam and Eve and its message of free will. Jews in late antiquity told another story as well that offers a different perspective on human evil and misfortune. We will explore the story of the fallen angels from the ancient text 1 Enoch and reflect on its message regarding the human condition and its relevance for us today.

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Elsie Stern

Elsie Stern is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She teaches courses in Bible and Rabbinics at RRC and studies the ways in which Jews throughout history have transmitted and received Torah through text and oral performance. Her teaching... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Glenbrook

7:30pm EST

Twentieth-Century Philosophies of War: Heschel, Levinas and Their Relevance to Israel
This session takes a close look at two diaspora thinkers, Emmanuel Levinas and Abraham Joshua Heschel, whose conceptions of war were framed largely by their own experiences. We probe the relationship between their philosophies, as well as the relevance of their thought, to today's sovereign Jewish army as it conceptualizes its own military engagement.

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Elana Stein Hain

Elana Stein Hain is the Director of Leadership Education at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She has a PhD in Religion with a focus on rabbinic legal loopholes in the Talmud from Columbia University, and served as a clergy member at Lincoln Square Synagogue and the Jewish... Read More →


Saturday February 14, 2015 7:30pm - 8:45pm EST
Springdale