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Sunday, February 15

8:30am EST

'You Shall Love the Stranger': Traditional Approaches to the Status of Non-Jews in Israel
Rabbis have made headlines in recent years with declarations that the Torah prohibits renting or selling your home in Israel to non-Jews. The mayor of Ashkelon declared that Arabs will not be employed in educational institutions. What is the Torah basis for these declarations? And is that really the Jewish way?


Meesh Hammer-Kossoy

Meesh Hammer-Kossoy teaches Talmud and directs the Social Justice Track at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, an open, co-ed, non-denominational Jewish learning community where students encounter and grapple with classic texts and traditions of Judaism while exploring... Read More →

Sunday February 15, 2015 8:30am - 9:45am EST
Monday, February 16

1:00pm EST

'You Shall Surely Open Your Hand': Poverty, Shmita and a Social-Theological Vision
We are currently in a shmita (sabbatical) year. Shmita in Deuteronomy is not primarily about land but about remitting debts and liberating slaves. In this session, we'll ask: what kind of social ethic does Deuteronomy seek to instill? How does it work to ensure that there will be no permanent underclass in the land of Israel? What strategies does it use to motivate people to treat one another generously? Along the way, we'll see how Deuteronomy radicalizes the social vision of Exodus.


Shai Held

Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean, and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar, and he directs its Center for Jewish Leadership and Ideas. He is a 2011 recipient of the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top... Read More →

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