Israel at Sixty & the Importance of Religious Pluralism

I recently received an e-mail from the fine people at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Israel asking me if we could add them to our list of resources. A) I was totally impressed that we are even on their radar and B) while going through the links they sent me, I stumbled across this great video by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman (son of David Hartman) in which he pauses to reflect on Israel at 60 and the need for increased religious pluralism as part of the social and spiritual fabric of the country.

Anyhow bearing in mind d’varim’ recent post about the current “Orthodox conversion” crisis in Israel and her hope that it might serve as something of a wake-up call to the more mainstream segments of the Orthodox world.

I thought I should do a quick post about the video because although it’s not specifically about the conversion issue. The people at the Hartman Shalom Institute are talking about the kind of religious diversity and pluralism in Israel, that d’varim probably has been hoping for.

At any rate it’s a really short video. Just over five minutes long and in my opinion definitely worth checking out.

Enjoy and as always please (if you watch the video) do feel free to weigh in with your thoughts on the subject. Note you will need to click the post tittle in order to see this video.