Hatikvah Vision – text studies

What makes Israel unique? The miraculous combination of three key concepts: Freedom, Peoplehood, and the Land of Israel. Only in the State of Israel are these concepts able to live in full relationship with each other.

Here you can download four study booklets (chevruta) with traditional and modern texts together with guiding questions, for your use.

Video explanation of 4HQ – The Four Hatikvah Questions

 

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Here is a fifteen-minute introduction to the 4HQ approach. Makom now runs training seminars in applying the 4HQ approach to schools, to campuses, to adult education, and to synagogues. In this video, you’ll be able to taste the depth and breadth of the approach.

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Four Hatikvah Questions Explained

 

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We need to talk about Israel.

Too often it seems that our conversations about Israel are either too cerebral to be meaningful, or too passionate to be intelligent. We need to be able to bring both our heads and our hearts to bear. This is no easy task, as we face at least three challenges.

Tent or Tank?

How can we easily delineate the parameters of the tent, making it a Middle Eastern kind of tent – that has defined edges, but that is open to all sides?

open bedouin tent

Universal/Particular

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Yom Ha’atzmaut – Four Hatikvah Exclamation Marks!

 

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Cross-posted with ejewishphilanthropy

Yom Ha’atzmaut? Again? This year of all years?

Whenever I approach Yom Ha’atzmaut with a sinking feeling, I always remember the point made by Professor Yosef Klausner:

“For three hundred and sixty-four days of the year we are busy with criticism. We criticize the nation’s priorities, and the nation’s leaders. We count the many mistakes that our leaders and ministers make… But a nation must have one day in a year that is a real celebration. On that single solitary day, all the prosecutions must cease, and the harsh criticism must stop…” To Full Post

500 words on the 4HQ Framework – an Answer with Four Questions

 

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Pluralism is all well and good, but the amount of different opinions on, approaches to, and definitions of Israel Education, is driving us all crazy.

All of us in Israel Education find ourselves talking at cross-purposes, inadvertently undermining one another, and further confusing an already-challenging discourse. Cacophony is only good when the orchestra is tuning up to play together.

Is there one simple, easily communicated idea that can unify everyone without requiring uniformity?

Is there one way to explain, promote, define, and explore the meaning of Israel to Jews that includes everyone, offends no one, and yet says something useful?

Probably not. It’s a big ask, after all. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep trying…

We at Makom call our current approach 4HQ – the Four Hatikvah Questions. To Full Post

4HQ through the eyes of Shay Charka

 

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As part of our development of the Four Hatikvah Questions – 4HQ – we approached Israeli cartoonist Shay Charka to offer his visual interpretation. We are delighted to present three pairs of images offering contrasting aspects of To Be, Free, and In Our Land, and a fourth image that speaks to the Jewish People.

You’ll note that these genderless humanoids have kind of Magen David/Star of David heads. We shall be using these images throughout our educational work in different contexts. Here we present them all together, without labels. You are invited to label them yourselves!

4HQ according to Charka

4HQ according to Charka

A People, Free in Our Land – text studies

 

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Click here to download an additional collection of texts with guiding questions.

Am – People – עם

 

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Click here to download the printable pdf of the chevruta study booklet.

 

Chofshi – Free – חופשי

 

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Click here for the downloadable pdf of the chevruta text study exploring the Jewish People’s connection to the concept of freedom.

B’Artzenu – In Our Land – בארצנו

 

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Click here for the printable pdf of the chevruta text study exploring the Jewish People’s connection to the Land of Israel.

The Hatikvah Vision – case studies

 

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Click here for printable pdf of case studies where three values combine into current issues.

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