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.”