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From iEngage

Donniel Hartman on Israel's "Pillar of Defense" Campaign in Gaza:

"Doing What We Can in an Unredeemed World"

If we are to achieve, it will only be the result of our efforts on our own behalf, and even then with no guarantee of success. To be a Zionist is to embrace this reality, not as a curse but as a responsibility, if not a gift. To be part of shaping one's own destiny and defining one's peoples' history in the midst of the uncertainty of an unredeemed world is the privilege which Israel has bestowed upon modern Jewish life.

It is critical that we remember the above as we assess our actions and responsibilities in Operation Pillar of Defense. First, we simply have to do what we have to do. What any nation not merely has the right to, but the obligation to do. Our citizens cannot be terrorized, nor our soldiers attacked, without attempts on our part to prevent them and stop them from occurring in the future.

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About iEngage

The Shalom Hartman Institute iEngage Project was envisioned and developed in 2010 to respond to growing feelings of disenchantment and disinterest toward Israel among an ever-increasing number of Jews worldwide by creating a new narrative regarding the significance of Israel for Jewish life.

Drawing on the new narrative articulated by the iEngage team, the Engaging Israel: Foundations of a New Relationship video lecture series was launched, becoming the first in a sequence of educational initiatives designed to dramatically increase the outreach and impact of iEngage thought. Dozens of rabbis and scholars are using the iEngage lecture series in synagogues, federations, Hillel houses, Israeli consulates in the United States, and JCCs, while iEngage scholars have been presenting and modeling the iEngage message, methodology, and products at a wide range of key North American Jewish conferences, conventions, seminars, and leadership events.

Fall 2011 saw the launch of the live-streamed webinar series, Major Challenges Facing Israel through a Jewish Values-Based Lens, hosted by iEngage Fellow Dr. Tal Becker. Thousands worldwide viewed the live stream and taped sessions on the iEngage website. This fall, the Institute will present the iEngage Roundtable Series. Click here for more information about iEngage.