What is the appropriate balance between presenting for an American audience, Israeli art that is critical of the society and art which celebrates it? This conversation was part of the Washington DCJCC’s Embracing Democracy series and took place on February 18, 2014. Listen using the media player below or right-click on this link to download it.
The creation of the State of Israel and its subsequent victory over the assembled Arab armies arrayed against it was widely regarded as a modern miracle in 1948. Coming after the trauma of the Shoah and fulfilling an ancient longing for a return to Zion made for a heroic moment in Israeli and Jewish consciousness. In the years since, different historians have helped to uncover the more complex history of the war and its aftermath, even as that history has become an object of political debate. Our panel will discusses the developments in the historical research of 1948, the uses of that history and its impact on contemporary political discussions. This event took place on January 22, 2014 at Adas Israel Congregation as a part of Embracing Democracy. Use the player below to listen to the podcast or download it by right-clicking on this link.
Left to Right: Dahlia Lithwick, Shay Hazkani, Professor Donna Robinson Divine, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer
Moderator: Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and Commentary, among other places.
Panelists Include: Professor Donna Robinson Divine, Morningstar Family Foundation Professor of Government and Director of Middle East Studies at Smith College Shay Hazkani, Visiting Scholar at Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israeli Law, Economy and Society Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America
Ari Shavit’s newest book, The New York Times bestseller My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel is a thoughtful meditation on Israel’s history, politics and crucial national questions. Drawing on interviews, historical documents, private diaries, and letters, as well as his own family’s story, Shavit illuminates the pivotal moments of the Zionist century to tell a riveting narrative that is both personal and national. Shavit is joined in conversation with Leon Wieseltier, literary editor of the New Republic. This event was held on January 22 at Adas Israel Congregation as a part of the Washington DCJCC’s continuing series Embracing Democracy. You listen using the player below or download it by right-clicking on this link.