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SAPIR is a journal exploring the future of the American Jewish community and its intersection with cultural, social, and political issues. These podcasts are recordings of Zoom webinars we have held with our contributors (season numbers correspond with issue numbers). To find out more and join our next events live, visit www.sapirjournal.org.

SAPIR Conversations SAPIR: Ideas for a Thriving Jewish Future

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

SAPIR is a journal exploring the future of the American Jewish community and its intersection with cultural, social, and political issues. These podcasts are recordings of Zoom webinars we have held with our contributors (season numbers correspond with issue numbers). To find out more and join our next events live, visit www.sapirjournal.org.

    S12E2: Gen Z and Zionism: Is There a Future? with Ammiel Hirsch and Noam Weissman

    S12E2: Gen Z and Zionism: Is There a Future? with Ammiel Hirsch and Noam Weissman

    In stark contrast to previous generations, younger American Jews are growing up increasingly disconnected from Israel and Zionism. What accounts for this shift? How durable is it? And what are the implications for tomorrow’s leaders of American Jewish communities? Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue and Dr. Noam Weissman of OpenDor Media discuss the future of Zionism among Gen Z.

    • 59 min
    S12E1: An Insider’s Look: Israel and the Human-Rights Establishment

    S12E1: An Insider’s Look: Israel and the Human-Rights Establishment

    Former Human Rights Watch senior editor Danielle Haas
    sits down with SAPIR Editor-in-Chief Bret Stephens
    to discuss her recent essay, “The Human-Rights Establishment,” which chronicles years of behind-the-scenes experience and presents deep-seated concerns that human rights NGOs have become “increasingly hijacked by politics and dominated by
    groupthink.”

    • 59 min
    S11E3: Jewish Life in Our Technological Future with Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter and Dr. David Zvi Kalman

    S11E3: Jewish Life in Our Technological Future with Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter and Dr. David Zvi Kalman

    The rapid ascent of artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and other technologies requires Jewish leaders to understand the dramatic effects these innovations will have on Jewish life and faith. Are we ready for this technological Jewish future? SAPIR Institute Director Chanan Weissman hosted a conversation with Rabbi Jacob J. Schacter of Yeshiva University and Dr. David Zvi Kalman of the Shalom Hartman Institute on what Jewish communal, philanthropic, and religious leaders must do to prepare for this new digital age.

    • 58 min
    S11E2: Synagogue Leadership in Turbulent Times with Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs

    S11E2: Synagogue Leadership in Turbulent Times with Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs

    SAPIR Institute Director Chanan Weissman hosted a conversation about the future of synagogue life in a time of disruption with Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City and Rabbi Rachel Isaacs of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life in Maine. They explored the shock of the October 7 attacks, the long-term structural changes brought on by the Covid pandemic, and their visions for the synagogue in a digital age.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    S11E1: The Digital Fog of War with Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler and Zvika Krieger

    S11E1: The Digital Fog of War with Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler and Zvika Krieger

    SAPIR Institute Director Chanan Weissman is joined by Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, senior fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute, and Zvika Krieger, former director of responsible innovation at Meta discuss their recent essays in SAPIR’s Technology issue and explore how the virality of unsubstantiated information on social media is impacting perspectives on the Israel-Hamas war.

    • 58 min
    The Israel–Hamas War and the Battle over Free Speech on Campus

    The Israel–Hamas War and the Battle over Free Speech on Campus

    SAPIR Institute Director Chanan Weissman hosted a conversation about the conflict over free speech on college campuses with Nadine Strossen, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), and Ilya Shapiro, the director of constitutional studies at the Manhattan Institute. Strossen and Kenneth S. Stern co-authored “SJP Still Deserves Freedom of Speech” in Sapir‘s War in Israel special edition, while Shapiro recently published “Where Free Speech Ends and Lawbreaking Begins” in The Free Press.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

dennis.karpf ,

Dennis Karpf

Aspirational no doubt. However, conversation with Prof. Sandel failed to question the underlying assumptions of inequality and the alleged equity of similar outcome. Furthermore, Prof. Sandel simply adds gloss of grievance and resentment to the Marxist perspective of the only meaningful categories for humans are class, race and gender. All judgments flow from those categories. What a hollow life. Unfortunately, Prof. Sandel and Bret Stephens fail to address the fundamentals of Judaism and economics which directly contradict the essential socialist principles of material equity as the predominate measure of the good society and person. First, the claim of inequality of income and class during the last 40 years is false. The Gini Coefficient measuring inequality has in fact not changed. Resentment and hubris as claimed by Prof. Sandel resulting from inequality in truth result from human gratitude and responsibility, personally, communally, morally and G-dly. For a moral philosopher like Prof. Sandel to dismiss free will and effort is a fundamental error. 14 o/o remains the poorest category of wealth which has been stable throughout the last century. Interested readers should read the works of Thomas Sowell, the “Dignity of Difference” by R. Sacks, z’l and “The Myth of Inequality”, by Phil Gramm. Second, the conflation of material outcome to the value of each citizen directly contradicts halakah and marshava of Judaism. Rather, Judaism recognizes the inherent and equal value of each individual created in the image of G-d irrespective of different individual talent. Merit is measured multi-dimensionally by the right and goodness of each person seeking to fulfill her mission from G-d on earth personally, communally and G-dly. To deny such as Prof. Sandel argues is simply not Judaism. In this season of repentance and return, Prof. Sandel has forgotten the very basis for human flourishing under G-d and Torah at Sinai.

NotAbundantlyStoked ,

Consider adding the topic of the conversation to the show title.

Good discussions, but frustrating to have to click into the episode to see what it’s about. “a conversation with” can go from the titles.

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