Keleigh and I are off to Israel for three weeks, leaving late June and returning mid-July. From July 2 - 12 I will be attending the Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.
According to the notice I got last week from Hartman, 120 rabbis from all over the world -- from many different branches of Judaism -- will be participating in the seminar.
The Hartman Institute is headed by Rabbi David Hartman. If you are a Beth Jacob member, you have heard me quote him in my sermons and in an occasional “Rabbi’s Message” for our synagogue newsletter. I am excited to have the privilege of learning from him in
The seminar faculty includes Rabbi Hartman, his son Rabbi Donniel Hartman, and Prof. Moshe Halbertal of the
The Hartman Institute is dedicated to the proposition that intensive study of Jewish texts will lead to a meaningful Jewish identity. Indeed, it may be the only thing which can do that. We Jews do not agree on much. Not only across denominational lines, but even within each denomination, we disagree on just about everything. What we have in common are our texts. The Torah, the rest of the Tanach, rabbinic and philosophical literature and even belles lettres are the inheritance of every Jew. I am hopeful that taking two weeks to study Torah with master teachers from
I am also looking forward to sharing this trip with you. I’m hoping to be able to post my impressions of my studies at the Hartman Institute, our travels and encounters in