Session VII – The Hatikvah Vision – tensions and harmony

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As we come to the close of this series of study, it is time for us to bring this all together. 

The order of the sessions has not been random. We have, in fact, been exploring what we at Makom call the Hatikvah Vision. The Hatikvah Vision emerges from the penultimate line of Israel’s National Anthem: To be a Free People In Our Land. 

We suggest that the reason Israel is special to the Jewish People, is because it encapsulates four values in one place and time: 

To Be – Not fighting for survival, not justifying one’s existence, just being…
Free – Free from persecution, and free to take responsibility, to create, to grant or refuse freedom to others…
People – Connected to the people and the civilization and traditions of the Jewish world…
In Our Land – Physically in the general geographic area of the Biblical Land of Israel.

These values live together in Israel, sometimes in great tension with each other, sometimes in harmony…

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