Podcast: 148 – The New Israeli Jews – An Interview with Shmuel Rosner

Zionism's founders wanted to change Jewish character and culture. In 2019, the data is in, and we can now see that they succeeded. (although not necessarily in the ways they…

Continue ReadingPodcast: 148 – The New Israeli Jews – An Interview with Shmuel Rosner

Four Hatikvah Questions Explained

The Four Hatikvah Questions (4HQ) are Makom's framework for approaching Israel Engagement. 4HQ is a simple way to contain the complexity that is Israel. It is universal yet particular, and it offers a constructive approach to the “Big Tent”. Download the full pdf, or read the abbreviated annotated version online.

Continue ReadingFour Hatikvah Questions Explained

Four Hatikvah Questions Explained

The Four Hatikvah Questions (4HQ) are Makom's framework for approaching Israel Engagement. 4HQ is a simple way to contain the complexity that is Israel. It is universal yet particular, and it offers a constructive approach to the “Big Tent”. Download the full pdf, or read the abbreviated annotated version online.

Continue ReadingFour Hatikvah Questions Explained

Chapter 1: Demography – Where are the Jews today and how did they get there?

One of the most difficult series of questions in the Jewish world today concerns demography. How many Jews actually exist in the world today? What is happening to the Jewish population in different centers of the world? What are the relative shares of Israel and Diaspora in the overall Jewish population of the world? And as important as the numbers themselves are, the really crucial questions lie underneath the surface.

What is the meaning of the numbers? What is the nature of the changing balance of demographic power between the State of Israel and the Diaspora as a whole? What trends do they suggest? What are the implications of today’s numbers for tomorrow’s future? And perhaps the most difficult question of Jews for those who spend their lives counting Jews: Who, exactly do you count? In other words, for the purpose of demographic calculations, who is a Jew?

Click for the downloadable pdf of this chapter. (more…)

Continue ReadingChapter 1: Demography – Where are the Jews today and how did they get there?

Chapter 4: The Jewish People’s story, the modern period

Towards the finishing line

We live in a modern Jewish world.  The world that existed before modernity was a very different kind of a world, organized in a totally different way, based on different premises.  In this chapter we are going to try and survey the changes in the Jewish world and the reasons for those changes. 

Click for the downloadable pdf of this chapter. (more…)

Continue ReadingChapter 4: The Jewish People’s story, the modern period

Chapter 7: How did we get to be us?

Changes in the Jewish community after modernity

In the previous chapters, we have dealt with all four of these themes – Jewish identity and the relationship of the individual to the community, the structure of the community, the relationships between different communities and different centres and the relationship with Eretz Israel – in relation to the pre-modern world. Now we bring the story forward and turn to them, systematically, one at a time, to create an understanding of the Jewish community in the world surrounding us today.

Click for the downloadable pdf of this chapter. (more…)

Continue ReadingChapter 7: How did we get to be us?

Telling the Story: The Four Genres of Zionist History

This lesson explores the nature of historical narrative: the ways in which we interpret historical events. We will learn a four-genre model of literary style, and use this model to look at the key events from Zionist history through 4 different different prisms. (more…)

Continue ReadingTelling the Story: The Four Genres of Zionist History