Human Rights and Judaism

IDI's Human Rights and Judaism program is designed to strengthen Israel's Jewish and democratic identity by training the next generation of thought-leaders and educators in a new field of knowledge—Human Rights and Judaism. The centerpiece of this initiative is a prestigious fellowship program for Israel’s brightest Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences. 

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    Prof. Hanoch Dagan

    Senior Fellow and Academic Co-Director

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    Professor Hanoch Dagan has published more than 70 articles and six books on private law and legal theory, some of which have been published by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

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    Prof. Shahar Lifshitz

    Senior Fellow

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    Dean of the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University, is considered a leading scholar of family law and responsible for shaping civil law theory in that field.

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    Prof. Yedidia Z. Stern

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    Professor Yedidia Z. Stern is a full professor and former dean of the law faculty of Bar-Ilan University.

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    Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Brandes

    Researcher

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    Prof. Motti Golani

    Researcher

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    Dr. Eliezer Hadad

    Researcher

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    Researcher, Human Rights and Judaism Program

    Dr. Eliezer Hadad is the coordinator of the MA program in Biblical Studies at Herzog College and a lecturer in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of The Relationship between Nature and the Torah in Maimonides’ Writings, as well as the policy papers Minorities in the Jewish State and The Status of Women in the Rabbinical Courts.

    Areas of expertise

    The principle of equality in the Jewish sources; Maimonidean philosophy; Jewish philosophy.

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    Dr. Benny Porat

    Researcher

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    A senior lecturer on the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the director of the Matz Institute for Jewish Law. After completing his doctorate at the Hebrew University, he was hosted as a post-doctoral fellow by the University of Toronto

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    Dr. Avinoam Rosenak

    Research Fellow

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    Avinoam Rosenak is a senior lecturer at the department of Jewish Thought
    at Hebrew University's Melton Centre for Jewish Education in Jerusalem. He is the former chair of the Jewish Thought department. He completed his B.A. (1991), M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) at the Hebrew University, while also studying at the Beit Midrash of the Shalom Hartman Institute (1991-1994). He completed his post-doctoral studies at Harvard University (2002). His field of research is Modern Jewish Philosophy and the Philosophy of the Halakhah (Jewish Law).

     

Israel refuses to officially disclose the identity of the states to which relocation takes place.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must charge forward and turn his words into action. Only then will he be able to guarantee his vision of Israel as “a source of unity for our people.” (This article was first published by JNS.org.)

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.

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.

Prof. Shahar Lifshitz outlines what halakhic authorities and the Knesset can do in order to resolve the issue of get refusal, as discussed at the Second Agunah Summit.

Why didn't the religious community in Israel participate in the socio-economic protest of the summer of 2011? IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Shahar Lifshitz reflects on this question and discusses the need to develop a pluralistic language that includes both particularistic Jewish values and universal democratic values.

The book launch for "Both Jewish and Democratic: A Handbook for Israeli Teachers" by Prof. Adar Cohen.

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A conference on the status of people with disabilities in Israel hosted by IDI and the Ruderman Family Foundation

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A joint event of IDI's Human Rights and Judaism project and Princeton University’s Law and Public Affairs Program

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How do Jewish sources—both religious and national—relate to citizens who are not Jewish, whether as individuals or members of a group? This question was explored at a unique conference at the Israel Democracy Institute that examined and evaluated the way Jewish thinkers saw this issue throughout the generations.

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An evening of study dedicated to the integration of people with intellectual disabilities in the family, the community, and Jewish life.

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A joint initiative of IDI, the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, the Tikvah Center for Law & Jewish Civilization, and JOFA

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A conference on responsibility for people with disabilities in cooperation with Bizchut – The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities

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A conference that explored whether it is possible to engage traditional Jewish sources in the contemporary debate on the nature of distributive justice and to involve them as active participants in shaping Israeli society today.

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The last lecture in a series of four lectures by Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Lau

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The third lecture in a series of four lectures by Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Lau

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The second in a series of four lectures by Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Lau at the Ramban Synagogue

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The first in a series of four lectures by Rabbi Dr. Benjamin (Benny) Lau at the Ramban Synagogue

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On Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17, 2012, IDI hosted an international conference on the Role of Religion in Human Rights Discourse as part of the activities of its Human Rights and Judaism project. Topics discussed at the conference included Freedom of Religion, Freedom from Religion, Religion as a Source of Human Rights, and Religion and Human Rights on the Ground.

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On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, IDI hosted a conference on poverty in the Jewish and democratic state as part of the activities of its Human Rights and Judaism project. The conference explored the definition of poverty from a Jewish perspective, from a socio-economic perspective, and from a moral perspective. In addition, it explored the rights and obligations of the middle class, and the responsibility of the community, civil society, and state.

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