- Participation by invitation only
The Israel Democracy Institute
4 Pinsker Street, Jerusalem
While Jewish sources deal with social and economic issues extensively and thoroughly, the theory that underlies the discussion of these issues in traditional sources has yet to be adequately explained. On Wednesday June 26, 2013, IDI's Human Rights and Judaism project hosted 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.
This conference was made possible by the generous support of
an anonymous donor operating in Israel and
The Ruderman Family Foundation
9:00 a.m.–9:15 a.m.
Prof. Yedidia Stern, Vice President for Research, Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University
9:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
Dr. Benny Porat, Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Social-Economic Constitution of the Bible: Founding Principles
9:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Session One: The Self, The Other, and the Collective
Chair: Dr. Einat Albin, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Prof. David Heyd, Department of Philosophy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“Two are Traveling in the Desert”: Life Takes Precedence over Ethics
Rabbi Ido Rechnitz, Mishpetei Eretz Institute, Ofra
Freedom as a Duty and Economic Safety Net
Dr. Yael Wilfand, Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa
“A Horse to Ride Upon and a Slave to Run Before Him”: Personal Needs Versus Uniform Criteria for Charitable Giving
11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.
Session Two: The Modern Period
Chair: Rabbi Dr. Joseph Isaac Lifshitz, Shalem College
Prof. Fania Oz-Salzberger, Faculty of Law and the Haifa Center for European and German Studies, University of Haifa
Social Justice and Political Hebraism: The Seventeenth Century Reads the Hebrew Bible
Prof. Daniel Gutwein, Department of the History of the Jewish People, University of Haifa
Herzl: The Zionist Revolution as a Negation of the Jewish Economic Ethos
Dr. Einat Rimon, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
“Social Justice” and Jewish Economic-Social Vision in Zionist Thought
2:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session Three: Credit and Taxes
Chair: Rabbi Dr. Benjamin Lau, Head of IDI’s Human Rights and Judaism in Action project and Rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue, Jerusalem
Rabbi Dr. Asher Meir, Jerusalem College of Technology
The Institution of Credit in Jewish Law
Mr. Adi Libson, Researcher, Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty of Law, Bar-Ilan University
Transforming Welfare Policy: The Tannaitic Reconstruction of the Second Tithe as a Model for Welfare Policy
3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Prof. Hanoch Dagan, Senior Fellow, Israel Democracy Institute; Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University