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Synthesizing the Jewish and Democratic Character of the State of Israel
BIU’s new Center for Jewish and Democratic Law is setting the stage for integrating both value systems at the public, legislative, and judicial levels of Israeli society.
The Prophecy Was Given to Them
Some arose from the social elite; others from the poorest strata of society. They included renowned leaders, as well as those perceived as underdogs. Some served as military strategists and others focused on correcting social injustices. They would console, grieve or rage according to the dictates of the biblical zeitgeist, and with the drop of the curtains they disappeared into the shadows of history.
The French Ascent to Israel
Some go to synagogue on the Sabbath and then bathe in the sea, wear a yarmulke and dress très chic. They are educated, affluent, and prefer to send their children to French-speaking schools in Israel. Unlike the North African immigrants from the 1950s, the French olim are considered to be a well-established community, providing a great opportunity for the Israeli economy to thrive. This is the French aliyah of the last decade
Scholars & Sources: Bridging the Gap between Jewish Values and Modernity
Addressing the topic of "Jewish Values in the Modern World," prominent Israeli scholars provide fresh insights into bridging the gap between our rich, two-millennia-old Jewish heritage and contemporary challenges during a panel discussion featuring BIU alumni Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Lau and Midrasha Director Dr. Tova Ganzel.
Revitalizing the silk route
The exhibition “The Jews in Modern China” housed in the BINA building, is a fascinating attest to the unceasing bond between the two ancient peoples. The exhibition, open to the public during the first semester of 2017, presents rare historic and personal photographs and filmstrips, focusing on Jewish migration to China over the last two centuries, including refugees who escaped Nazi Germany.
The Biblical Judges: Flesh and Blood Heroes
Unlike heroic leadership stories in other cultures, the Book of Judges presents the leaders of Israel following Joshua's conquest of Canaan (ca. 1150 – 1025 BCE), with all their strengths and weaknesses. "We learn about their greatness, and of their major downfalls – often resulting from excessive of pride," notes BIU Bible Prof. Elie Assis, Dean of the Faculty of Jewish Studies.
The World’s Premier Jewish Studies Faculty
Bar-Ilan University’s Faculty of Jewish Studies and each of its departments is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
Rabbi Mayer Lichtenstein: Advancing and Enhancing the Talmudic Legacy
A Yeshiva educator and college Talmud lecturer who heads a community Beit Midrash, Rabbi Mayer Lichtenstein is a BIU Doctoral Fellow of Excellence in Talmud.
Prof. Yedidia Stern: Building Jewish and Israeli Identity
Israel defines itself as both Jewish and democratic. But while the definition of democracy is generally agreed upon, Judaism is variously seen as a religion, as a nation, and as a culture.
Jewish Knowledge for All
Each year, more than 20,000 BIU students enrich their Jewish literacy, as they delve into Biblical and Talmudic works, examine central tenets of Judaism, and explore key chapters in our people’s history in close to 300 courses offered by the Helene and Paul Shulman School for Basic Jewish Studies.
Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies - The Midrasha
The Midrasha for Women in the Ludwig and Erica Jesselson Institute for Advanced Torah Studies is located at the heart of Bar-Ilan University's main campus. As a university-based institution, the Midrasha is not a sequestered Torah experience for women, but rather one that is grounded in worldly, scholarly and scientific learning and professional self-fulfillment alongside the Torah experience.
Bar-Ilan Alumnus Yaakov Katz: How Judaism has Created the World’s most Moral Army
It’s an often-repeated axiom by supporters of the Jewish State that the Israel Defense Forces is the world’s most moral army, acting with extreme ethical care in highly difficult conditions on a rapidly changing modern battlefield. Journalist, best-selling author and Bar-Ilan University alumnus Yaakov Katz not only concurs, he has seen it all, first-hand.
Prof. Avi Sagi: Developing New Interpretations of what it means to be Human…and Jewish
Can morality exist without God? What happens when a Jewish convert becomes non-observant? Can Judaism function without a clear definition of the divine? And what does Jewish tradition have to offer in the debate over military ethics? These are questions that occupy the ever-active mind – and many of the nearly 40 books written by – Prof. Avi Sagi, of BIU's Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies.
An Open, Pluralistic Beit Midrash For All
Participants say they gain a great deal from this pluralistic Beit Midrash, which is designed for secular students as well as traditional and religious adults.
Prof. Yair Lorberbaum: Looking at Halacha Through Different Prisms
Prof. Yair Lorberbaum is a scholar whose interests lie in the intersection of Halakhah (Jewish law), legal theory, and theology. In his work as a member of the faculty at the Law School and also as an expert on Halakhah, Jewish thought, and legal theory, he mines the connections between these three fields to shed light on how to better analyze the former
Dr. Adam Ferziger - Getting a Grasp on the Contemporary Jewish World
How is intermarriage changing the fabric of American Jewish society? What role do interdenominational conflicts play in current Jewish religious life? Do ventures such as Birthright and heritage tours to Poland strengthen Jewish identity? How has the interaction between religion and Israeli society evolved over time?
Literary Man of Faith: The Integrated Torah Vision of Prof. William Kolbrener
In his latest book, Bar-Ilan literature Prof. William Kolbrener unabashedly advocates renewed Jewish commitment – and openness – for the twenty-first century. What exactly does this have to do with John Milton, a Christian poet who was one of the most celebrated writers to emerge out of the Protestant Reformation in 17th century England?
The Masoret is the Message
A leading spokesman for Modern Orthodoxy who holds a PhD in Medieval Jewish History from Harvard, Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Woolf is well positioned to communicate his perspective about where Israel’s Jewish community has been, and where it’s going. So if you ask him to take the pulse of the body politic, he has a ready answer: for today’s Jews, he says, he has good news, and bad news.
Mind the Dig: Unearthing Jewish Heritage
Dozens of students and volunteers from around the globe joined Bar-Ilan archaeologists this past summer for an unforgettable hands-on experience digging into the past at two important Biblical Period sites. Under the capable supervision of Prof. Aren Maeir, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, enthusiastic participants from the US, Canada, South Korea, the UK, Hungary, China, Spain and other countries chiseled away at the layers of civilization, helping to uncover rich finds and make BIU's 2012 summer excavations at Tell es-Safi/Gath and Tel Burna a resounding success
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