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The Israel We Imagine: When Visions Confront Reality

featuring Elana Stein Hain, Director of Faculty and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

May 10 2022, 7:30PM to 9:30PM in the Michael & Mary Ellen Herman Banquet Hall.
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The Israel We Imagine: When Visions Confront Reality 

In addition to being a real country with real people and real problems, the State of Israel serves as a powerful symbol to Jews around the world. Different Jews expect the State of Israel to serve different purposes in the world and in Jewish life. In this lecture we will explore the varied ways that people envision Israel’s purpose and meaning and how these visions can conflict with one another. We examine how we arrive at our sense of what Israel’s purpose should be, and how that imagination colors our responses to messier realities. And throughout, we will consider the roles of both humility and activism in our relationship to Israel.

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Dr. Elana Stein Hain is the Director of Faculty and a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where she serves as lead faculty, directs the activities of the Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought and consults on the content of lay and professional leadership programs.

A widely well-regarded teacher and scholar, Elana is passionate about bringing rabbinic thought into conversation with contemporary life. To this end, she created Talmud from the Balcony, an occasional learning seminar exposing the big ideas, questions, and issues motivating rabbinic discussions; she leads the Created Equal Research Seminar which considers the relationships between gender consciousness and Jewish thought; and she co-hosts For Heaven’s Sake, a bi-weekly podcast with Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi, exploring contemporary issues related to Israel and the Jewish world.

Elana earned her doctorate in Religion from Columbia University where she wrote her dissertation on the topic of legal loopholes as a prism for understanding rabbinic views on law and ethics. She is an alumna of the Yeshiva University Graduate Program in Advanced Talmudic Studies (GPATS) as well as the Consortium in Jewish Studies and Legal Theory Graduate Fellowship at Cardozo School of Law. She also served for eight years as a clergy member on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, at both Lincoln Square Synagogue and the Jewish Center, has taught at the Wagner School at NYU, and sits on the board of Sefaria: A Living Library of Jewish Texts.

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The Louis and Moshe J. Weisfeld Annual Memorial Lectures; presented in partnership with the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
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