Special Report from the World Economic Forum by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz It has been hard not to notice that speaker after speaker here in Davos are men. Where are the women in these conversations? This year, for the first time, the World Economic Forum introduced a gender quota that one in five delegates sent by strategic partners must be female. Women have never made up more than 17% of total attendees at the Forum. This is not surprising … [Read more...] about Where are the Women in the Global Future Discourse?
by Nir Sarig As long as the value of tikkun olam does not make aliyah, we cannot view it as a central feature of Jewish Peoplehood. I belong to the group within the Jewish People that is interested in it happening. We are not yet there. The use of the term tikkun olam is spreading in the new Jewish narrative. From my perspective, it means applying the Jewish concept of chesed beyond the borders of the Jewish People. According to the Rambam, … [Read more...] about “Aniyei Ircha Kodmim”- Where Does it End? The Israeli Case
by Rabbi Eliav Bock Last year, while recruiting our first cohort of campers to the county’s only Kosher outdoor adventure camp, Ramah Outdoor Adventure, someone forwarded me a funny video titled Jews Don’t Camp (see above). While clearly intended as some light humor, there is an element of truth in this video. American Jews, as a whole, are not known for their rustic “outdoors-y” nature. Although we are a people whose ancient texts and … [Read more...] about Jews Do Camp
by Jack Wertheimer At a time when Jewish communal institutions are failing to attend to the needs of Jews at home and abroad, the hot trend in Jewish philanthropic and organizational circles, incredibly, is to channel ever more of their resources to nonsectarian causes. Preachers in every corner of the Jewish community are intent on urging the faithful to drop their parochial concerns for the welfare of fellow Jews and instead think globally. … [Read more...] about Giving Priority to the Jewish People
by Shlomi Ravid In a witty 1903 article titled "Tikkun Haolam and Zionism" Ahad Ha'am makes the following statement: "Our youths are so used to dwelling on and dealing with the questions of "Tikkun Haolam", until too many of them this question became their spiritual focus, and unknowingly the center of all questions that engage them, including the question of Zionism (Hashelach, vol. 11, booklet 4; my translation, SR)". This article which … [Read more...] about Charity Begins at Home, But Should Not End There