Hazony, Weigel Public Discussion on “Modernity, Religion and Morality”

Yoram Hazony and leading Catholic theologian George Weigel will participate in a public discussion on the subject of “Modernity, Religion and Morality” in Jerusalem on November 12. George Weigel is the author of The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics without God as well as numerous other books. The discussion will be moderated by Daniel Johnson, editor of Standpoint magazine.

November 12, 2015, 7:30 pm
Dan Panorama Hotel, Jerusalem
Free entrance open to graduates of Tikva Programs
Discussion will be in English
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Herzl VP Haivry to Chair Israeli Commission on Non-Jewish Communities

The Israeli government has appointed Herzl Institute VP for Academic Affairs Ofir Haivry to head a new commission to hold hearings and make recommendations on non-Jewish communities seeking affiliation with the Jewish people. These communities include descendants of Jews, “lost tribes” and non-Jewish groups with strong religious and cultural affinities with Jews. Read the article on the commission in the Jerusalem Post.

Hazony Addresses CUFI Washington Summit Plenary

Herzl Institute President Yoram Hazony addressed an audience of 5,000 at the annual conference of Christians United for Israel in Washington in July. His speech describes efforts to delegitimize not only Israel but the Hebrew Bible, and proposes a joint Christian and Jewish effort for the Bible, Israel and Jerusalem. Watch the speech here.

Twelve New Templeton Fellows in Jewish Theology Join Herzl Institute

In September, the Herzl Institute launched twelve new projects in Jewish philosophical theology with the support of the John Templeton Foundation. Fellows include Lenn Goodman, Alan Mittleman, Shmuel Trigano, and Jacob Wright. Fellows will write books and essays on the philosophy of the Hebrew Bible, Talmud and Midrash. For names of Herzl Institute Templeton Fellows and project descriptions go here.

18 Rabbinic Fellows to Study Philosophy and Theology at Herzl

The Herzl Institute has selected 18 rabbis, rabbinic students, and advanced women tora scholars for a special intensive course in Western philosophy and theology as it relates to Judaism. The course, the first of its kind, will be taught by Herzl Institute staff and will meet weekly throughout the year.

Hazony, Weinstein Books to Appear With Cambridge

Cambridge University Press will publish Herzl Institute President Yoram Hazony’s God and Politics in Esther on December 31, 2015. The book is an expanded and thoroughly revised version of The Dawn, with three new chapters responding to Michael Walzer and Jon Levenson on the theology of the Hebrew Bible. You can sign up for updates on the book here.

In addition, Herzl Institute Senior Fellow Joshua Weinstein’s forthcoming book on human nature and the character of political regimes in Plato’s classic dialogueThe Republic, entitled Plato’s Three-Fold City and Soul, has been accepted for publication with Cambridge University Press. Publication is projected for fall 2016.

Schedule Herzl Institute Conferences in December

The Herzl Institute will hold two public conferences in Philosophy of the Bible, Talmud and Midrash in December with the support of the John Templeton Foundation. The Conferences will be open to the public and will include an advanced seminar for graduate students and post-docs:

Conference on “The Question of God’s Perfection,” December 20-23, 2015.
For more information, see conference website here.

Colloquium in “Jewish Philosophical Theology,” December 28-30, 2015.
More information to follow soon.

The Problematic Power of Music in the Bible

Aryeh Tepper’s research on the problematic power of music in the Bible appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of Interpretation, A Journal of Political Philosophy. This research was conducted at the Herzl Institute with the support of the John Templeton Foundation. Dr. Tepper currently teaches at Ben Gurion University and Achva College and is the editor of The Sephardi Report for the American Sephardi Foundation.

The Druze Fight for Isael: Should They Now Fight Alone? Haivry and Hazony Ask in Tablet

Ofir Haivry, VP and Director of the National Strategy Initiative, and Herzl Institute President Yoram Hazony argue in a joint article for Tablet Magazine that the creation of a well-armed, autonomous, and perhaps ultimately independent Druze region in southern Syria may be the West’s best chance at stemming the spread of radical Islamism.

July 7, 2015
As the Syrian state unravels, the United States and other Western powers are finding it increasingly difficult to see how they can stem the rise of jihadist organizations like al-Qaida and the Islamic State (IS), while limiting the unfolding humanitarian and security disaster that has left more than 200,000 dead and made refugees of close to 10 million people so far. read more

Ofir Haivry on the Moment of Truth for the Druze

Ofir Haivry, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of the National Strategy Initiative at the Herzl Institute, argues in an article for Ynet that “as jihadist attacks on Druze villages increase, it’s time for Israel to make a decision – either to take action or to witness a bloodbath on the other side of its northern border.”