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דפי עמיות 16: פיתוח מנהיגות צעירה באוריינטציית עמיות

העם היהודי חי היום בעידן של שינוי ומעבר. תפקידה של ההנהגה בתקופה כזאת ביצירת חזון ותכנון ובניית עתידו של הקולקטיב היהודי, הינו תפקיד מכריע. מסיבה זו, בחרנו להקדיש סדרה של גיליונות של דפי עמיות לנושא של טיפוח מנהיגות יהודית באוריינטציית עמיות – איך עושים זאת והיכן מתחילים? ננסה לבחון את האתגרים הייחודיים של פיתוח מנהיגות קולקטיבית ואת האופן שבו…

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Zionism and Peoplehood: Toward a Historical Synthesis

Religion, nationalism and peoplehood are highlighted as the anchors of Jewish identity. Historically, first religion dominated the three, and then nationalism in the form of Zionism. Changes in classical Zionism in the 21st century have made room for religion and peoplehood to be complimentary rather than contradictory to Jewish nationalism, with a move from state…

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When the Jewish People and Israel Conflict

The word “Israel” has multiple meanings and associations. The author discusses the intentional ambiguity of three terms associated with Israel – am (people), eretz (land), and le’om (nation) – signifying a rootedness in a particular geographic locale and the aspiration that all Jews are part of the Jewish collective regardless of where they live. She…

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What is Particular and What is Universal in the Jewish People?

Fiss suggests that modern Jewish experience can be compared to other diaspora groups and takes a look at which characteristics and experiences are unique to the Jewish people and which are universal. She suggests that the idea of “homeland” is a universal concept, but is defined per group. She also suggests that the Jewish experience…

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Universalism and Particularism: Jewish Teachings on Obligation

Ellenson shows that within Judaism there have always been universalistic and particularistic dimensions, starting with the concept of covenant (brit) in the Bible. “This notion maintains that God stands in relationship with all people.” These dual dimensions are also displayed in the idea of Tikkun Olam, a concept that also binds Jews to God. “The…

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Truth or Consequences

Schwarz reports on the program he directs, the Rene Cassin Fellowship Program (RCFP), a yearlong program on Judaism and human rights for young adults with hubs in New York, London and Jerusalem. He believes that the “lesson for those who care about strengthening the Jewish people is…to meet today’s young adults where they are at…

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Toward a Pluralism of Substance

Kaunfer calls for a pluralism of substance as a means strengthening Peoplehood. “In this model, the key to peoplehood isn’t pluralism per se, it is education. Only through education will Jews develop a deeper attachment to their Judaism.” The goal is not creating individuals with the same values; it may actually lead to large differences…

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The Time has Come to Build Limmud USA

In responding to the task at hand of how to change the Jewish landscape to one that is nuturing to the collective, Brown proposes bringing a national version of Limmud to the United States. He believes that a strong, national Limmud is the perfect vehicle to connect, and engage young American Jewish adults in Jewish…

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The State, the People and the Promise

Just as Jewish prayers ask that that the Jewish community be mindful of the people in the State of Israel, the author argues that the Jewish community must continue to be mindful of the challenges and opportunities it faces in trying to strengthen and bind the relationship between the People of Israel and the State…

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