The slowing of the peace process and the frequent surges of violence in Israel-Palestine have undermined any sense of Jewish consensus on these polarizing political issues, and continue to create a rupture between what constitutes a “Jewish” conversation and an “Israel conversation.” In this talk we will explore whether a Jewish values conversation is possible about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and we will study how a conceptual approach to thinking about justice from a philosophical and Jewish text perspective can inform our communal conversation and our understanding of these issues.
Yehuda Kurtzer is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. He holds degrees from Harvard University, Brown University, and is an alumnus of both the Wexner Graduate and Bronfman Youth Fellowship programs. Yehuda is the author of Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past. He lives in New York with his wife, Stephanie Ives, and their three children.
The Milton Kronsberg Lecture Series began in the Fall of 1999 as a result of a generous endowment by the Kronsberg family. In the Fall of 2002, the series became the Milton and Freddie Kronsberg Memorial Lecture Series because of the passing of Freddie Kronsberg obm. The series honors the Kronsberg’s lifelong commitment to Jewish ideas and values.
Sponsor: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program