The Jewish State Version 1.0
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
George Santayana

On May 14th 1948, David Ben Gurion intoned the now famous words,

“The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and political identity was shaped. Here they first attained to statehood, created cultural values of national and universal significance and gave to the world the eternal Book of Books…

Accordingly we… hereby declare the establishment of a Jewish State in Eretz-Yisrael, to be known as the State of Israel.”

But what was the compass that Ben Gurion, the head of the first Jewish state in 2000 years, intended to use? What map would he follow in charting the course of a newborn State? It was the Tanach, the Bible, for he knew that within the Tanach lie the patterns and paradigms of nationhood, the Middle East, the thirst for power and dominance that are the staples of states and often their downfall. As Ben Gurion wrote, “Ever since I came to the land, I was shaped primarily by the Tanach, since only here on the land, could I begin to grasp its depth and it has shaped me more than any other book...”

Join the Academy and Rabbi Ramon Widmonte for an initial exploration of the dynamics of statehood and the patterns of power highlighted in the Tanach. Examine the unchanging currents of the politics and nations in the Middle East, discover the Tanach’s view of the morality and necessity of sovereignty and conquest and focus on some of the most crucial sections laying the foundations of a view on Jewish Statehood.

For anyone interested in the State of Israel, the miracle and struggle of her rebirth and who seeks a wider and longer view of the issues of the Middle East, this course is a must.

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