We are about to celebrate Passover, a holiday that is concerned not just with "outer" freedom – the liberation from physical bondage that we talk about at the Seder – but also with "inner" freedom – freedom from spiritual bondage. In our day, when freedom from the physical enslavement of Jews is assured by the nation-state and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the personal and national choice to be free means deciding to shape our lives on the basis of independent ethical choices for which we take responsibility. It's no coincidence that the Hebrew words cherut (freedom) and achrayut (responsibility) derive from the same root. Our journey to physical freedom is complete; in contrast, our journey toward spiritual freedom, toward the burden of personal and national responsibility, will never end.


I wish you a joyous Festival of Freedom,


Prof. Yedidia Stern



The Israeli Elections – Initial Conclusions  

Shmuel Rosner 

The fact that Israel has once again found it difficult to form a majority coalition that will provide governmental stability is problematic, to say the least. The question of whether a temporary solution will be found in the post-election negotiations that will propel the system forward, or whether Israel will be dragged into the fifth election cycle in under three years, remains open.

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The Fragmentation Disease

Professor Yedidia Stern

Israeli cohesion is unraveling. The disintegration of the Israeli "we" is evident in our current electoral system. The plethora of party lists reflects the growing split in society. A major change in the system of governance is needed from the political perspective, as well as from the fundamental perspective of revitalizing Israeli solidarity.



Israel Needs "Naive" Leaders in the Mold of Shimon Peres

Avi Gil

The lack of political stability and the short intervals between recent Israeli election cycles have given primacy to short-term considerations. Israeli leaders need to cast off these restraints and promote a peace treaty that will ensure the Jewish-democratic character of the state.

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Save the Date: JPPI Pluralism Index Presentation

Monday, April 12, at 1:00 pm EDT.

The Index, compiled by JPPI fellows Shmuel Rosner and Noah Slepkov, is based on a wide-ranging survey conducted by the Institute with the assistance of Professor Camil Fuchs. Focused on identifying areas of consensus and controversy, the Index offers new insights regarding major trends in Israeli society.

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The Diaspora Jewish Community, Post-Pandemic – Trends and Recommendations

Shmuel Rosner 

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the ways Diaspora Jews practice and express their Jewishness. Because the possibility exists that things will not return to the pre-pandemic norm, measures must be taken for addressing recent developments and their impact.


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The Haredim: What Was Is Not What Will Be

Prof. Yedidia Stern

Israel's Haredi community, which has flourished to an astonishing degree since the early years of the state, now faces a number of developments that threaten to impede its continued conduct along present lines. The impressive success of the Haredi strategy has actually set in motion processes that are now causing it to fail.


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Climate Change, Israel, and the Jewish People

Ambassador Gideon Behar (guest lecture at the Institute)

Israel is capable of contributing significantly to international efforts to address the climate crisis. Regional and international collaboration in the field must be initiated, and Diaspora Jewry should also be involved, both as an expression of tikkun olam, and as a means of strengthening the Israel-Diaspora relationship.



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