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Saturday, February 15 • 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Auschwitz or Sinai? Metaphor and the Meaning of Modern Israel

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David Hartman wrote in 1982 of two metaphors for how we are to relate to Israel: "Auschwitz" demands vigilance against external threats, prioritizing the value of Jewish survival; "Sinai" sees Jewish sovereignty guided by the aspiration to achieve the covenant with God. Three decades later, this tension remains in our communal conversation. Which metaphor is more accurate in understanding the state of Israel, and what does it mean to hold onto such metaphors in our relationship to it?


Yehuda Kurtzer

Yehuda Kurtzer is 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 thinking on sustaining a meaningful Jewish identity in the face of modernity's challenges. He lives in Riverdale with his wife Stephanie Ives, their two sons, and their... Read More →

Saturday February 15, 2014 7:45pm - 9:00pm
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