Daniel Gordis is Koret Distinguished Fellow and chair of the core curriculum at Shalem College in Jerusalem. His new book, Israel: A Concise History of a People Reborn, won the Jewish Book Council’s “Book of the Year” award for 2016.
The scholar and commentator drops by the studio to illuminate what the divide is about, what it’s not about, and what it all means.
Daniel Gordis and Elliott Abrams debate the proper response to the Israeli government’s recent decisions on prayer at the Western Wall and conversion to Judaism.
From some of its founding ideas to some of its most thoughtful and essential institutions, American Jews have given the Jewish state much to be proud of.
It’s not about what Israel does. It’s about what, to their minds, Israel is.
In recent years they’ve let go of both ancient communal memory and recent political memory. No wonder they’re now letting go of Israel.