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Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern

Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern

Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern is the Vice President of Research at IDI, where he heads the Religion and State project and the Human Rights and Judaism project. He is a full professor of law at Bar-Ilan University, where he served as the Dean of the Law Faculty.

Projects: Religion and State, Human Rights and Judaism

Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern is the Vice President of Research at IDI, where he heads the project on Religion and State (and has done since 1999) as well as the project on Human Rights and Judaism. (He also headed IDI's Business and Democracy project during the years in which it was active.) Stern is a full professor at Bar-Ilan University Law School, and served as its dean from 1994 to 1998. His areas of professional interest are religion and state, Jewish law, public law, corporate law, corporate acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance.

Prof. Stern received his LL.B. degree from Bar-Ilan Law School in 1982, and earned his master's degree (1984) and doctorate (1986) from Harvard Law School. Subsequently, he worked at a leading Manhattan law firm. Upon his return to Israel, he joined the faculty of Bar-Ilan Law School, where he founded the Centre for Commercial Law, serving as its first director (1988-1992); launched Tzivyon - Centre for the Study of Israel, Judaism and Democracy (2001-2003); and was the founding director of the Law School's publishing house (2005-2008). He was also a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School (1989).

Prof. Stern won the Zeltner Price for excellence in Legal Research in Israel (2009). He has served on numerous committees, inter alia as chair of the Committee to Determine the Legal Status of Insurance Agents in Israel (1996); chair-elect, the Coalition Committee to Enact an Israeli Constitution (2001); chair, the Israel Science Foundation's Committee for Assessment of Legal Research (2002-2004), member of the Israeli Governmental-appointed Commission of Inquiry into the State's treatment of the residents of Gush Katif after the disengagement for Gaza (2009); and Chair of the National Committee for Civic Studies (2009-2011).

Among his varied professional and public activities, Prof. Stern has served as a member of the presidium of the Yachad Council for Reconciliation between Secular and Religious Jews, affiliated with the State President's Office (2001-2007); advisor to the Ministry of Justice on the new Companies Law and its amendments; academic director of the World Jewish Forum, affiliated with the State President's Office (2005-2006); President, Institute for the Advanced Study of Israeli Judaism (2005-2007); member, Public Council of Yad Ben-Zvi research institute (2004-2008); member, Executive Committee of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Haifa University (2004- 2008); director, Organization for Restitution of Assets of Holocaust Victims (2006 - 2010); member, Advisory Committee of "People of the Book" (2007); chair, Committee of Civic Studies in Israel (2009).

Prof. Stern is co-editor of the scholarly journal Democratic Culture (published by Bar-Ilan University Law School in conjunction with IDI) and of the series Israeli Judaism (published jointly by Keter Publishing House, Bar-Ilan University Law School, and the Shalom Hartman Institute). He is also a regular contributor to the Israeli and international press.

Yedidia Z. Stern was born in England in 1955. He and his wife, Dr. Karen Friedman-Stern, have eight children and reside in Jerusalem.

 

  • A Social Iron Dome for Jewish-Arab Relations

    August 11, 2014 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an op-ed in Yedioth Ahronoth, Prof. Yedidia Stern warns that the Iron Dome could not protect Israel from hatred between Jewish and Arab citizens, and stresses the need for both sides to use imaginative empathy to mend the fabric of Israel's shared society.?

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  • The Holyland Sentencing: A Faithful City?

    May 18, 2014 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an article in Makor Rishon, Prof. Yedidia Stern describes his feelings of sadness, pride, apprehension, and hope upon the sentencing of Ehud Olmert to prison for his role in the Holyland affair.

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  • A Jewish State Warrants Our Sacrifice

    May 16, 2014 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern reflects on the privilege of sacrifice and the necessity to maintain a Jewish Israel in order to justify that sacrifice, in an article written for Remembrance Day for the Fallen of Israel's Wars and Victims of Terrorism.

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  • The Lessons of Passover: We are the Other

    April 13, 2014 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern asserts that if we see ourselves as "other" and identify with the stranger, the poor, and people with disabilities, historic redemption of our ancestors from Egypt will be an ongoing redemption for our generation.

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  • Is "Israeli" a Nationality?

    March 9, 2014 | Yedidia Z. Stern, | Jay Ruderman

    Should the State of Israel recognize "Israeli" as a nationality? IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern and Jay Ruderman assert that it is imperative for the State of Israel to continue distinguishing between citizenship and nationality.

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  • The Haredi Draft: Is the Shaked Committee's Bill Destined to be Overturned?

    February 16, 2014 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    As the Shaked Committee begins to vote on its proposal for the Haredi draft, Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern warns that the proposal's recommendation to exempt Haredi men of draft age during a three-year "adjustment period" is both inequitable and ineffective.

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  • The Haredi Draft: Equality Now?!

    November 24, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    On November 21 2013, Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern appeared before the Shaked Committee and argued that criminal sanctions are not recommended for reaching conscription goals. In an op-ed in Makor Rishon, he explains why.

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  • Sir Isaac Newton and the New Haredim

    October 31, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prof. Yedidia Stern shares thoughts on the connection between failure of the ultra-Orthodox "Tov" party in the local elections, the Haredi draft bill being debated by the Shaked Committee, and Newton's laws of motion.

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  • Life Under Two Suns: When Human Rights and Jewish Values Collide

    September 10, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern, | Jay Ruderman

    The first in a series of articles by researchers from IDI's Judaism and democracy projects and Human Rights and Judaism project on the complementary but tense relations between Judaism and democratic values.

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  • The High Holidays: A Personal and National Time

    September 10, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern shares thoughts on the Hebrew calendar, which contributes to Jewish unity and preserves the Jewish people as a single national and cultural unit.

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  • How Can We Draft the Ultra-Orthodox with Consent?

    August 27, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Is it possible to draft the ultra-Orthodox and integrate them into Israel's society and economy in a mutually-agreeable manner that encourages solidarity between the different sectors of the Jewish people? Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern shares thoughts on wars between brothers and brothers-in-arms.

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  • The Ultra-Orthodox Draft: Crossing the Third Rubicon

    August 18, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern, | Haim Zicherman,

    Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern and Attorney Haim Zicherman stress the need to break down barriers that are preventing Haredi service in the army and integration in the labor force, and warn against passing a popular but ill-advised reform.

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  • The Referendum Law: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

    July 30, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Is it advisable to hold a referendum on a peace deal involving territorial concessions? In an article originally published in the Israeli Bar Journal, IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern expresses his reservations—and proposes an alternative.

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  • Israel's Chief Rabbinate: My Beloved Turned Away

    July 26, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an op-ed in The Jewish Week, IDI Vice President of Research Yedidia Z. Stern asserts that the election of two Haredi Chief Rabbis was a failure on three levels: political, religious, and cultural.

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  • The Ultra-Orthodox Draft: A Test of the New Israeli Politics

    July 18, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Stern warns that the hasty passage of the proposed government bill on the Haredi draft would be "old politics," and stresses the importance of a Knesset debate to arrive at balanced legislation that is in line with the national interest.

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  • The Peri Committee Recommendations: Fanning the Flames of Haredi Extremism

    June 15, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Stern warns that the Peri Committee recommendations on the ultra-Orthodox draft will undo progress already made in integrating Israel's Haredi community into Israeli society.

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  • Conversion in Israel: From Bethlehem to Chelm to Sodom

    May 14, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern responds to the State Comptroller's findings on conversion in Israel and calls for a solution that will enable Israelis from the former Soviet Union to join the ranks of the Jewish people.

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  • Israel at 65: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty

    April 14, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern, | Jay Ruderman

    In an op-ed in The Jewish Week, IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern and Jay Ruderman share thoughts on the successes of the State of Israel and on one area in which Israel has fallen short of expectations.

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  • The Haredi Draft: The Need for an Alliance of the Moderates

    February 27, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prof. Yedidia Stern calls for a historic alliance between religious and secular moderates that will yield a solution that will that will yield a solution that addresses the need for ultra-Orthodox army service while taking into account the most important values of the Haredi community.

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  • A Coalition of Hope

    January 29, 2013 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Following the elections of 2013, IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern hails the incoming Knesset as a unique opportunity to change the nature of the State of Israel so that it is both more Jewish and more democratic at the same time.

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  • Habayit Hayehudi and Refusal of Orders: The Real Question

    December 26, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Naftali Bennett's statement that he would refuse orders if commanded to evacuate settlements raises questions about the type of insubordination that he and his party condone. In an op-ed in Yedioth Ahronoth, Prof. Yedidia Stern calls on Habayit Hayehudi to clarify its position on the matter.

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  • Religious Zionism: Integration or Isolation?

    October 29, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an op-ed written in response to Rabbi Shlomo Aviner's declaration that women are forbidden to serve in the Knesset, IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern discusses the struggle between the integrationist and isolationist trends within Religious Zionism.

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  • The Haredim and the State of Israel

    September 20, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern, | Jay Ruderman

    In an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post, IDI's Prof. Yedidia Stern, who served on the Plesner Committee for Equality in National Service, and Mr. Jay Ruderman analyze the Haredi community's reluctance to serve in the Israeli army and present an approach that will facilitate Haredi integration into Israel's army and society.

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  • Israel Independence Day – For What Kind of State?

    April 24, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    What kind of state are we celebrating when we commemorate Israel Independence Day? Prof. Yedidia Stern discusses the tension between the "Jewish" and "democratic" aspects of Israeli's identity and explores the attacks of the concept "Jewish state" by three fundamentalist camps: religious, ultra-nationalist, and liberal.

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  • The Allure of Miracles

    April 6, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In a Passover article in The Jerusalem Post, Prof. Yedidia Stern discusses the tension between relying on miracles and assuming responsibility and asserts that miracles, no matter how significant they may be, are not a life plan for individuals or for the Jewish people.

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  • Justice vs. Law: King Solomon and Ivan the Terrible

    March 18, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    The death of John Demjanjuk of natural causes at a ripe old age left many Israelis feeling that an opportunity for justice was missed. Did the Israeli legal system fail when it acquitted Demjanjuk of crimes against humanity? IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern distinguishes between justice and law, and expresses pride that the Israeli Supreme Court ruled as it did.

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  • Mass Transport on Shabbat and the Conflict between Religion and State

    March 18, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Stern sets the controversy over mass transportation on Shabbat and holidays in Israel in a broader context, and distinguished between the need for an Israeli-Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) rather than a religious Shabbat.

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  • The Tal Law: Judicial Activism at its Height

    February 28, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    The Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Tal Law, after 30 years of avoiding the issue of the exemption of ultra-Orthodox Jews from military service, is an expression of judicial activism that illustrates the transformation that the Israeli Supreme Court has undergone in the last generation. In this op-ed, originally published in Hebrew in Makor Rishon, IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern asserts that the Court went too far in this ruling and that its activism is hard to justify.

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  • In the Aftermath of the Tal Law

    February 22, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Will the Israeli Supreme Court's ruling that the Tal Law is unconstitutional really guarantee that the burden of Israel's defense will be shared equally by the country's citizens? IDI's Prof. Yedidia Stern warns that this ruling may actually hinder the integration of the Haredi community into Israeli society rather than promoting it.

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  • The Exclusion of Women and Control of the Public Sphere

    January 10, 2012 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Why is the marginalization of women in Israeli society and their exclusion from the public sphere on the rise in Israeli society? In this op-ed, IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Stern focuses on the religious Zionist community and the power struggle to determine who will control the public sphere and the space of the religious community.

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  • A Jewish and Undemocratic State?

    November 9, 2011 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    The proposed "Basic Law: Israel – The Nation State of the Jewish People" has the support of one third of the members of Knesset. In this op-ed, which was originally published in Hebrew in Yedioth Ahronoth, IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern, who is deeply committed to the Jewish nature of the State of Israel, warns that the shift from defining Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state" to a "Jewish state with a democratic regime" is not a semantic shift, but a seismic change.

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  • The Responsibility of a Sovereign State

    October 24, 2011 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    The terms of the Gilad Shalit swap presented Israel with a conflict between the interests of an individual and the interests of the collective. Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern discusses the factors that contribute to Israel's extreme sensitivity to captives, warns of the dangers of choosing the individual over the collective, and calls for steps to be taken to ensure that Israel will have firm guidelines for such situations in the future.

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  • The Democratic Year in Review: The Knesset's Missed Opportunity

    October 3, 2011 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    The period of the Jewish High Holidays is a time of reflection and introspection. In this op-ed, originally published in Yedioth Ahronoth on September 26, 2011, IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern reflects on the gap that emerged between the agenda of the Knesset and the agenda of the Israeli public during 2010-2011 and expresses hope that the message of the social-economic protest of the summer of 2011 will point the Knesset in the right direction in the year to come.

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  • A Tragedy of Errors

    June 20, 2011 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an op-ed originally published in Haaretz on June 18, 2010, IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern responds to the dramatic events in the city of Immanuel, warns secular society about the growing demonization of the Haredi community, and urges the Haredi community to have greater faith in the courts—the ultimate protectors of the rights of minorities.

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  • The Challenges Facing Israeli Rabbis Today

    June 4, 2011 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President for Research Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern, shares his opinion on the role of rabbis in Israeli society, explaining why he believes that rabbis should have authority beyond the religious sector. He also offers a unique perspective on the types of issues rabbis should address, stressing the need for both religious knowledge and broad education.

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  • The Quality of Independence

    May 8, 2011 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an op-ed from Yedioth Ahronoth written in honor of Israel's 63rd Independence Day, IDI Vice President of Research Yedidia Z. Stern reflects on the quality of Israeli independence, and asserts that a connection with the wellsprings of Jewish culture is necessary for maintaining the quality of the independence that Israel holds so dear.

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  • Religious Incitement: A Test Case for Freedom of Speech?

    February 26, 2011 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an op-ed in Yedioth Ahronoth, IDI Vice President Yedidia Z. Stern responds to the proposed "Dov Lior Bill" and decries the possibility that members of the clergy—of any religion—be above the law and immune from prosecution for incitement to violence when their religious teachings may encourage criminal behavior.

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  • Time to Step Up for Democracy

    January 29, 2011 | Arye Carmon, | Yedidia Z. Stern, | Mordechai Kremnitzer,

    A number of controversial bills recently tabled in the Knesset undermine basic constitutional values, add fuel to the international assault on Israel's legitimacy, and may end up damaging Israel's democratic character. In an article in The Jerusalem Post, IDI President Dr. Arye Carmon and Vice Presidents Professors Mordechai Kremnitzer and Yedidia Z. Stern respond to these initiatives.

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  • The Conversion Crisis: The Chief Rabbi of Israel vs. The Israel Defense Forces?!

    December 13, 2010 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an op-ed in Yedioth Ahronoth, IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern urges the Israeli government to fend off political pressure, act morally, and assert that anyone who has converted to Judaism in the Israel Defense Forces is a Jew.

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  • Loyalty is Not a Value

    October 14, 2010 | Yedidia Z. Stern, | Avi Sagi

    What does loyalty mean? Loyalty to whom? In this op-ed from Haaretz (October 15, 2010), which was written in response to the passage of the "loyalty oath" legislation, IDI Vice President Prof. Z. Yedidia Stern and Prof. Avi Sagi explore the concept of "loyalty" and focus on whether Israel should require prospective citizens to take an oath affirming their loyalty to the Jewish and democratic state.

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  • A Boycott on Both Your Houses

    September 15, 2010 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Is the boycott of the town of Ariel, which is located over the Green Line, by Israeli performing artists legitimate? In this op-ed from Yedioth Ahronoth, IDI Vice President Yedidia Z. Stern warns that this type of organized opposition to democratic decisions endangers the delicate fabric of Israeli life.

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  • Judaism's Gatekeepers

    September 7, 2010 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    During the summer of 2010, Jews in both Israel and the Diaspora voiced their concern regarding the Rotem bill, the controversial conversion legislation approved by the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee. In this op-ed, originally published in The Jerusalem Post, IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern issues an urgent plea to resolve Israel's conversion crisis in order to avoid the "social time bomb on our doorstep."

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  • Who Really Cares about Converts?

    July 21, 2010 | Yedidia Z. Stern, | Netanel Fisher

    On July 12, 2010, the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee approved a controversial draft bill on conversion reform. Presented as an effort to make conversion more accessible to hundreds of thousands of Israeli citizens who are not Jewish according to state and religious law, the proposed legislation sparked an outcry both in Israel and the Diaspora. In this article, IDI Researcher Netanel Fisher exposes the dangerous linkage between conversion and the status of Judaism's non-Orthodox movements and assesses the likelihood of the bill achieving its goals.

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  • From Ruth to Natasha

    May 25, 2010 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In this article, IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern explains the current conversion crisis in Israel, reviews the evolution of attitudes towards conversion in halakhic literature over the ages, and concludes with a proposal that is compatible with Jewish law while responding to pressing contemporary needs.

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  • As Independence Day Draws Near

    April 14, 2010 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an op-ed in Yedioth Ahronoth, Prof. Yedidia Stern points to segments of Israel's population that denounce the national values of the State: supporters of “normalization,” ultra-Orthodox Jews, Arab Israelis, and a new group that has joined them: ultra-nationalists.

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  • Decade in Review: A Rocky Road for Israeli Courts

    January 30, 2010 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern dissects the tenuous road traveled by the Israeli court system, in an article that was published at the end of the third millennium as part of a collaboration between IDI and Walla!, a popular Israeli website.

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  • The Blessing of Diversity versus the Curse of Multiplicity

    December 2, 2009 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an article in the Hebrew journal Eretz Acheret, IDI Vice President Yedidia Stern discusses the tension between two civilizations - western-liberal and traditional-Jewish - in Israel, and asserts that the agents of influence in Israeli society prefer to present these two values as mutually exclusive alternatives that are set up for a culture war.

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  • Our False Apprehensions

    June 28, 2009 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an article originally published in Haaretz, Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern writes of Israel's anxious national psyche and offers a few cases of false Israeli apprehensions that have been created by distorted perceptions of reality.

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  • Right of Reply: The Jewish Case for the Israel Democracy Institute

    May 10, 2009 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an article originally published in The Jerusalem Post, Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern responds to criticism levied against the Israel Democracy Institute following its receipt of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

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  • Gamblers in Disguise

    October 29, 2008 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern examines the reality of the ongoing financial crisis, and tries to explain how such a rational industry gets carried away with reckless decision-making procedures.

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  • Executive Salaries and the Financial Crisis

    October 26, 2008 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern discusses the issue of limiting salaries of public company executives and argues that the inadequacy of corporate, legal and economic oversight weakens the will to press charges and justifies the call for legislative intervention.

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  • From a Shabbat of Work to a Shabbat of Rest

    February 25, 2008 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President of Research Prof. Yedidia Stern discusses the innovative Sabbath Law proposed by IDI. This proposed legislation seeks to a unique Israeli character in the public sphere on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, in a way which does not force religion on the public.

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  • Orthodox Ought to Lead the Search for a Solution: How Should Israel Treat Refugees from Darfur?

    September 5, 2007 | Yedidia Z. Stern,

    In an article originally published in The Forward, IDI's Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern explores the responsibility of the Jewish and democratic state for Sudanese refugees and calls on Israeli religious scholars to formulate a halakhic response.

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  • Religion and the Discourse of Human Rights

    Year: 2014
    Editor: Hanoch Dagan,, Shahar Lifshitz,, Yedidia Z. Stern,

    A groundbreaking anthology that explores the complex relationship between religious traditions and the liberal doctrine of human rights that uses Israel as a test case and examines the interaction between religion and human rights from various angles.

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  • A Proposal for a State Conversion Bill

    Year: 2014
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,, Shaul Farber, Elad Caplan

    A presentation of legislation drafted by the Israel Democracy Institute and ITIM that is designed to serve as the legal framework for state conversions and address the crisis of conversion in Israel.

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  • Democratic Culture in Israel and in the World, Volume XIV

    Year: 2013
    Editor: Avi Sagi, Yedidia Z. Stern,, Hanan Mandel

    Volume 14 of the trailblazing academic journal published by IDI and Bar-Ilan University Press, now in English.

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  • A Framework for Ultra-Orthodox Conscription

    Year: 2013
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,, Haim Zicherman,

    IDI's Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern and Attorney Haim Zicherman present a proposal aimed to offer the Knesset an outline of a solution to the issue of conscription of ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students that is designed to withstand a threefold challenge: It must be politically feasible, legally valid, and socially beneficial.

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  • Nationalism and Binationalism: The Perils of Perfect Structures

    Contemporary Challenges to the Nation State: Global and Israeli Perspectives (Volume 1)

    Year: 2013
    Editor: Anita Shapira,, Yedidia Z. Stern,, Alexander Yakobson

    The first volume of a three-volume set based on research conducted under the auspices of IDI’s Nation State Project, Nationalism and Binationalism analyzes Israel’s key challenges facing the contemporary nation state from a global perspective but with special emphasis on the Middle East and Israel.

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  • Democratic Culture in Israel and in the World, Volume XIII

    Year: 2012
    Editor: Avi Sagi, Yedidia Z. Stern,, Hanan Mandel

    A joint publication of IDI and Bar-Ilan University Press and Law School, this trailblazing academic journal serves as a platform for research and scholarly debate on both the universal aspects of democratic culture, as well as on questions related exclusively to Israeli democracy, with a focus on the relationship between the institutions and substance of democracy and the unique characteristics of Judaism and Zionism.

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  • Who is a Secular Jew?

    Readings in Jewish Law

    Year: 2012
    Author: Yitzhak Brand, Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This book explores the halakhic status of the secular Jew, while examining the various categories used to describe secular Jews in the halakhic lexicon. It concludes that the harsh condemnation of secular Jews found in halakhic literature is generally limited to the religious plane; on the national and sometimes social level, however, Jewish law considers secular Jews fully legitimate partners in Jewish life.

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  • Religion and Politics in Jewish Thought

    Essays in Honor of Aviezer Ravitzky

    Year: 2012
    Editor: Benjamin Brown,, Menachem Lorberbaum, Avinoam Rosenak, Yedidia Z. Stern,

    A festschrift in honor of IDI Senior Fellow Emeritus Prof. Aviezer Ravitzky edited by Benjamin Brown, Menachem Lorberbaum, Avinoam Rosenak, and IDI Vice President Yedidia Z. Stern, who co-directed IDI's Religion and State project together with Prof. Ravitzky. This double volume set includes articles written by Ravtizky's teachers, colleagues, students, and children.

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  • Human Rights, Jewish Law, and Humankind

    Year: 2012
    Author: Avishalom Westreich
    Supervisor: Shahar Lifshitz,, Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This book deals with the interactions between Judaism— specifically, Jewish Law—and human rights, and explores the values common to both of them. It proposes a theoretical model for analyzing the relations between human rights discourse and Judaism. The extent of the implementation of this model and the weight of the values within it varies from time to time, place to place, and thinker to thinker. The common denominator, however, is quite broad and valuable, and opens a window onto a topic in need of exposure and to the firm establishment of dialogue between these two systems.

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  • Democratic Culture in Israel and in the World, Volume XII

    Year: 2011
    Editor: Avi Sagi, Yedidia Z. Stern,, Hanan Mandel

    This volume contains articles on the legal-political development of the Israeli declaration of independence, national identity in Israel and its reflection in the changing images of the national “Other,” religion, class, and political action in religious Zionism in Israel, the culture of compromise in American democracy, the imagined communities of archeology, and the essence of marriage in twentieth-century halakhic rulings.

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  • Toward Democratization in the Haredi Leadership?

    The Doctrine of Da′at Torah at the Turn of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

    Year: 2011
    Author: Benjamin Brown,
    Supervisor: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Written by IDI researcher Dr. Benjamin Brown, this policy paper surveys the stages of development of the leadership of the Lithuanian stream and of the doctrine of Daat Torah that grants them their authority. A product of IDI's Religion and State project, the study reviews the changes that have taken place within this community's leadership from the 1970s, when Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach was the gdol hador, of the Lithuanian community, through the period of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.

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  • Barefoot Homeland

    Israeli Reflections

    Year: 2011
    Author: Avi Sagi, Yedidia Z. Stern,

    IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Stern and Prof. Avi Sagi of Bar Ilan University explore contemporary Israeli identity and the nature of the State of Israel and its society. Issues explored in this book include the Disengagement from Gaza, the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, the Rabin assassination, the relationships between Jews and Arabs, and tension between religious and secular Jews. It also provides insight on social issues such as solidarity, the rule of law, and the tension between the Jewish and democratic identities of the State of Israel.

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  • Rabbis and Rabbinate

    The Challenge

    Year: 2011
    Editor: Yedidia Z. Stern,, Shuki Friedman

    Rabbinical concerns relate to the physical and the spiritual, thought and leadership, halakhic ruling and practice. Despite the changes that have taken place in the existential environment of the Jewish people, rabbis have managed to preserve their central role in contemporary Jewish and Israeli existence, and continue to have an impact on the personal lives of many. This two-volume collection of essays discusses the challenge set by the present-day changes and the rabbinical response to them.

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  • Non-Jewish Courts in the Jewish State

    Year: 2010
    Author: Yitzhak Brand
    Supervisor: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This policy paper by Dr. Yitzhak Brand presents the complex way in which halakha (Jewish law) relates to foreign legal systems that are not guided by the laws of the Torah. Are Israeli courts to be considered foreign courts since the Israeli legal system in not founded on Jewish religious law?

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  • My Justice, Your Justice

    Justice across Cultures

    Year: 2010
    Editor: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Edited by IDI Vice President Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern, My Justice, Your Justice is an anthology that explores perceptions of justice in different societies, cultures, and points in time. It includes content from disciplines including history, philosophy, Jewish thought, law, literature, culture, and sociology.

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  • Democratic Culture in Israel and in the World, Volume XI

    Year: 2009
    Editor: Avi Sagi, Yedidia Z. Stern,, Hanan Mandel

    Volume XI of Democratic Culture in Israel and in the World contains a collection of articles on assorted topics, including remembrance of the Holocaust in religious and secular Israeli society, representations of war in Israeli culture, exclusion of fallen Irgun and Lehi members from the “narrative” of statehood, liminal thresholds in A. B. Yehoshua’s ethical geography, post-Zionism in the national-religious camp, and voting for Shas.

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  • Corporate Goal

    Year: 2009
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    What are the objectives of a corporation? On whose behalf should it act—shareholders, creditors, employees, consumers, or executives? This book examines whether a balance can be struck between the good of the corporation itself and the competing needs of its stakeholders.

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  • The Ownership of a Corporation

    Theory, Law, Reality

    Year: 2008
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This publication analyzes the assertion that corporations belong to their shareholders, and argues that this view ignores the interests of employees, creditors, consumers, and the community as a whole.

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  • The Jewishness of Israel

    Year: 2007
    Editor: Aviezer Ravitzky,, Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prominent Israeli thinkers discuss the unique and enigmatic nature of the State of Israel, which is at the same time a modern Western state with roots in classical Jewish culture and tradition, a nation-state with a large national minority, and a Jewish state whose citizens cannot reach a consensus on their common denominator.

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  • The Religious Community and the Constitution

    What Can History Teach Us?

    Year: 2006
    Author: Shuki Friedman, Amichai Radzyner
    Supervisor: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    For years the religious community in Israel has opposed the establishment of a constitution that is based on anything but the Torah. This study, however, reveals that the majority of religious politicians, as well as many rabbis, never objected in principal to enacting a constitution, and even agreed to the idea at certain stages.

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  • State, Law, and Halakhah (Part 4)

    What’s Jewish in Israeli Law?

    Year: 2006
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This policy paper offers an in-depth analysis of the relationship between Jewish Law and state law in Israel, and its influence on democracy, society, culture and religion.

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  • State, Law, and Halakhah (Part Three)

    Religion and State: The Role of Halakhah

    Year: 2004
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This policy paper proposes strategies within Jewish law for Orthodox halakhic renewal, in light of the threefold challenge of the establishment of the State, the phenomenon of secularism, and the loss of Halakhah’s dominance among the Jewish public.

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  • State, Law, and Halakhah (Part 3)

    Religion and State: The Role of Halakhah

    Year: 2004
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This policy paper proposes strategies within Jewish law for Orthodox halakhic renewal, in light of the threefold challenge of the establishment of the State, the phenomenon of secularism, and the loss of Halakhah’s dominance among the Jewish public.

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  • The Monopolist as Victim

    Constitutional Rights in the Antitrust Law

    Year: 2004
    Author: Adi Eyal
    Supervisor: Yedidia Z. Stern,, David Nachmias,

    This policy paper examines and offers solutions for resolving the problematic intersection between Israel’s Antitrust Law and its Basic Laws.

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  • State, Law, and Halakhah (Part Two)

    Facing Painful Choices: Law and Halakhah in Israeli Society

    Year: 2003
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    The tension between state law and Jewish religious law is a constant source of strife in Israeli society. This policy paper by Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern asks how the intercultural battleground in Israel can be shifted away from the legal and political systems and toward the ideological ones.

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  • Regulation

    The Regulatory Authority

    Year: 2003
    Author: Ori Arbel-Ganz
    Supervisor: David Nachmias,, Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This position paper addresses Israel's regulatory processes, their design, and their manner of implementation. It defines the term "regulation" and discusses the normative and positivist justification for the state's regulatory activity. It examines governmental regulation in the United States and Britain, and presents regulation in Israel, suggesting analytical frameworks that may be used in considering regulation as public policy.

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  • State, Law, and Halakhah (Part One)

    Civil Leadership as Halakhic Authority

    Year: 2001
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern discusses Jewish law and its attitude toward Israeli law and the status of law and government.

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  • State, Law, and Halakhah (Part One)

    Civil Leadership as Halakhic Authority

    Year: 2000
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern discusses Jewish law and its attitude toward Israeli law and the status of law and government.

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  • Rabbinical Rulings on Policy Questions

    Year: 1999
    Author: Yedidia Z. Stern,

    This position paper examines the way in which religious leaders issue halakhic judgments on political issues such as peace agreements, relinquishing Israeli territories, war and peace, sovereignty, and various issues of foreign policy and security It explores the validity of the of the assumption that there is internal halakhic legitimacy for rendering halakhic judgments on political issues.

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Yedidia Stern, Corporate Goal, The Israel Democracy Institute, Bar-Ilan University Press, and the Israeli Bar-Publishing House. Jerusalem, 2009

Yedidia Stern, The Jewish Responsa: Conversion in Jewish History, Yedioth Sefarim, 2008

Yedidia Stern, The Ownership of a Corporation: Theory, Law, Reality (Haba-alut B'chevra Iskit: Te-oria, Din, Metiziut), The Israel Democracy Institute, Bar-Ilan University Press, and the Israeli Bar-Publishing House, Jerusalem, 2008

Yedidia Stern and A. Ravitzky, The Jewishness of Israel, The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, 2007

Yedidia Stern. State, Law and Halakhah Part 4: What's Jewish in Israeli Law? The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, 2006

Yedidia Stern. State, Law and Halakhah Part 3: The Role of Halakhah. The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, 2005

Yedidia Stern. State, Law and Halakhah Part 2: Facing Painful Choices: Law and Halakhah in Israeli Society. The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, 2003

Yedidia Stern. Regulation. The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, 2002

Yedidia Stern. State, Law and Halakhah Part 1: Civil Leadership as Halakhik Authority. The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, 2001

Yedidia Stern. Rabbinical Rulings on Policy Questions. The Israel Democracy Institute, Jerusalem, 1999

 

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