It is with great pleasure that I present to the discerning publicthis rstessayinournew
publication series.In bringing to the public a selection of original research and opinionwriting penned by Beit Morasha faculty and associates, this seriesseeks to stimulate public on, and consideration of, contendingapproaches to the central religious and philosophical issues for contemporary committed Jews.This rstoffering–aprovocativeandfar-reachingessaybytheRobert M. Beren Distinguished Professor of Talmud at Beit Morasha – is an excellent example of the type of scholarship we seek toengender: outstanding traditional Torah scholarship integrated withmodern research, exegetical methodology and academic discipline.Beit Morasha of Jerusalem was founded almost fteenyearsagowith the aim of creating a sophisticated, well-rounded and sensitiveintellectual leadership capable of being the catalyst for a new Jewishand Zionist identity for Israel.In the army, in school systems, in politics and in communities acrossthe country, Beit Morasha facilitators and graduates of the RobertM. Beren College are at the forefront of innovative Jewish andZionist identity initiatives.Beit Morasha’s burgeoning reputation has drawn signicantfunding and growing support from the nestphilanthropiesandmost discerning donors in the Jewish world. We are building theJewish leadership of tomorrow.
Prof. Benjamin Ish-Shalom
Founder and Rector