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Sunday, January 8, 2017 10 Tevet 5777

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
By using classical Jewish texts and the writings of some of the great thinkers of our age, this course will endeavor to enter into the seemingly intractable and contentious conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The goal of this course is not to shape a political picture. We will not enter into a debate of “irrefutable” facts. Rather, in this course we shall focus on the common truths and shared values which each side of this dispute cherishes. We will follow guidelines and parameters in our discussions so that divergent views can be expressed. We will engage, as well, in a real-life experiment to see if we can talk about these issues without denigrating divergent opinions, without disrespecting others who believe differently and without accusing those who believe differently that their views are illegitimate.
  Why enter into discussions on such a volatile topic? Because this divisive conflict lies   at the core of much debate both here and in Israel. In addition, this topic may well be the single most important issue which tears at the unity of the Jewish people. Unless we can find ways to discuss with each other that which hurts us the most, especially when we disagree, and find ways to embrace those whose views may differ from our own, we shall de facto give up on that crucial yet fragile notion of the unity of the Jewish People. This course will include text study (in English), discussions and video lectures presented by the faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute.


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9:45 - 11:15 AM

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