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Does Israel Still Matter?

Just past Israel’s 74th birthday, many North American Jews are increasingly questioning why they should have a relationship to Israel. But is their ambivalence irrelevant?

FILE - In this March. 20, 2021 file photo, Israeli protesters carry large Israeli flag during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In Jerusalem. Israel is holding its fourth election in two years after two deadlocked votes and a government that collapsed after less than a year. It is widely seen as a one-issue referendum — with the electorate almost evenly divided — on whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can remain in power.  (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
Illustrative (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Just past Israel’s 74th birthday, many North American Jews are increasingly questioning why they should have a relationship to Israel. On this 50th episode of ‘For Heaven’s Sake,’ Donniel Hartman and Yossi Klein Halevi ask: Does Israel’s existence make American ambivalence irrelevant? Is the content, meaning and inspiration that Israel once provided to American Jews no longer important?

Though answers are not guaranteed, a lively discussion that leads to more questions is inevitable. Listen here:

For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

Subscribe to For Heaven’s Sake on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you receive your podcasts.

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