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In a frenzied media cycle, Identity/Crisis delves into the big ideas behind the news from a uniquely Jewish perspective. From the Shalom Hartman Institute, host Yehuda Kurtzer invites leading thinkers to unpack current events effecting Jewish communities in North America, Israel, and around the world, revealing the core Jewish values underlying the issues that matter to you.

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In a frenzied media cycle, Identity/Crisis delves into the big ideas behind the news from a uniquely Jewish perspective. From the Shalom Hartman Institute, host Yehuda Kurtzer invites leading thinkers to unpack current events effecting Jewish communities in North America, Israel, and around the world, revealing the core Jewish values underlying the issues that matter to you.

    Norman Lamm and American Orthodoxy

    Norman Lamm and American Orthodoxy

    Norman Lamm was a rabbi and the longtime leader of Yeshiva University who championed the idea that Orthodox Jews could maintain their faith while engaging with modern society. Our special guest host, Elana Stein Hain, is joined by Avi Helfand, a Hartman Senior Fellow, Shlomo Zuckier, a David Hartman Center Fellow and a Research Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, and Tova Warburg Sinensky, a member of the Frisch School faculty and Rabbi Lamm’s granddaughter, to discuss the life of Rabbi Lamm, the value of secular learning in a religious Jewish context, and how to actualize his legacy today.

    • 42 min
    Between Charlottesville and Colleyville

    Between Charlottesville and Colleyville

    We have never had the national reckoning that we need over the August 2017 events in Charlottesville, and this week’s synagogue hostage crisis in Colleyville, TX, reminds us that more than four years later, Jews are still unsafe.
    In this episode, Hartman Senior Fellow and The Atlantic contributor James Loeffler, who spent a month chronicling the civil trial against Charlottesville’s white supremacist organizers, speaks with Yehuda Kurtzer about what the trial of white supremacists means for the Jews, strategies to fight antisemitism, the recent events in Colleyville, and the American Jewish relationship with the justice system.  
    Read James Loeffler’s recent article in The Atlantic, Charlottesville Was Only a Preview.

    • 44 min
    Challenging Wokeness: Jews & The American Narrative

    Challenging Wokeness: Jews & The American Narrative

    Jews have a significant interest in the world of ideas and playing a role in them.  In this episode Yehuda Kurtzer chats with Bret Stephens, Pulitzer Prize winning conservative journalist, Editor of the Sapir Journal and op-ed columnist for The New York Times op-ed columnist, about the power of ideas to spark change. They examine topics in the US public discourse: meritocracy, wokeness, cancel culture, and antisemitism.

    • 42 min
    Protecting a Predator: Chaim Walder & the Haredi Defense

    Protecting a Predator: Chaim Walder & the Haredi Defense

    This episode covers sexual abuse and suicide. Listener discretion advised.
    Chaim Walder, an Israeli rabbi, author of literature for children, and one of the most trusted voices on child psychology in the Haredi community, committed suicide in December after widely publicized child abuse and rape allegations came to light. Despite these allegations, leaders of the Haredi community came to his defense to discredit and silence his accusers.  
    Nechumi Yaffe, an expert on the ultra-Orthodox, joins Yehuda Kurtzer to discuss the impact of the Walder crisis, the Haredi community’s distinct reactions to sexual abuse, and the ways in which power seeks to maintain power.

    • 41 min
    Jews and Muslims in a Fractured America

    Jews and Muslims in a Fractured America

    In the wake of recent Antisemitic comments by Zahra Billoo and CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Imam Abdullah Antepli (Duke University, Co-Director of Hartman’s Muslim Leadership Initiative) offers the Jewish community words of consolation and a path to build more honest and resilient relationships between Jews and Muslims in America.
     
    In a frank conversation with Yehuda Kurtzer, Imam Antepli shares a unique perspective on the impact of political partisanship on religious communities, moral leadership, the Israel-Palestine conflict, and the critical importance of interfaith dialogue in creating a more just world.
    Yehuda's recent article on the subject for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency can be read here.

    • 47 min
    A Word from the Rabbi's Spouse

    A Word from the Rabbi's Spouse

    The role of the Rebbetzin in Jewish life has always been significant. But what happens when the rabbi’s spouse is a successful professional with a career? What implicit and explicit expectations persist, and how are they influenced by gender? How is the synagogue community affected? What does this mean for the rabbi’s family and the community’s relationship with it?Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt and Maital Friedman, two accomplished, professional women married to rabbis (one Orthodox and one Conservative), open up to Yehuda Kurtzer with intimate reflections on their experiences on this complex, evolving role.

    • 40 min

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