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Sunday, February 16 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
”This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land”: On the Value of the Land of Israel in Jewish and Zionist Thought

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Current thinking has it that trading land for peace is contrary to halakha (Jewish law) and can only be permitted on account of a consideration of pikuach nefesh (saving an endangered life). However, an analysis of the teachings of RaMBaM and RaMBaN regarding kedushat ha’aretz (the sanctity of the land) demonstrates that there exist two distinct conceptual views-one mystical and essentialist and the other rational and instrumental-that define contrasting attitudes towards the land, each of which lends support to a different political option. The views of Maimonides and Nachmanides will be related to mainstream Zionist theory as well as to the opinions of Isaiah Leibowitz and David Hartman.

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Chaim Seidler-Feller

Chaim Seidler-Feller spent over forty years working with students and faculty as the Executive Director of the Yitzhak Rabin Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA. He is currently Director Emeritus. He was ordained at Yeshiva University where he completed a Masters in Rabbinic Literature... Read More →

Sunday February 16, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST