Yossi Klein Halevi and Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence visited KI. The video of their discussion can be found here.
What does it mean to be an Israeli? What does it mean to be a Jew? Questions not less significant than these, are given serious attention in Yossi Klein Halevi’s remarkable new book, Like Dreamers: The Story of the Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation.
In 2014 KI committed to learning together as a congregation as to read together that year’s ‘Library of Gratitude’ book.
We hope you enjoyed your reading. Over six months we participated in conversations in person and virtually as we discussed the important questions raised by this book. A sample of what ocurred in 2014 as part of the Library of Gratitude program:
- tasteBook series Shabbat afternoons
- Yossi Klein Halevi visit to KI
- Developing a Seder Supplement
- Creating a Haggadah for Y’mei Zikaron/Atmaut
- Convening a Shavuot Tikkun text-study session
Our communal learning around the books ideas and questions touched upon seven core themes:
1) rights vs. responsibilities
2) malleable Israel (what Israel represents for the protagonists, also who’s missing from the book, and what is Israel for each of us here in America)
3) personal growth (which protagonists change most/least and why)
4) larger scale change (Zionism’s energy shift of the mid-1970s, Mideast regional change today)
5) Judaism (Israeli Judaism, the fruits of community)
6) humility (arrogances’ high cost, ‘forecasting’ failures, willows)
7) grounded redemption (opportunity, tomorrows dreams).