“G-d has chosen you to be for Him a treasured nation from amongst all nations that are upon the earth.” - DEUTERONOMY 7:6
For the Spring Semester of our “Chosen People” course, we will be focusing on a “Chosen Land for a Chosen People” – ISRAEL: The Land and the Spirit.
Many people love their homes and their countries, but once they relocate, they form new allegiances. They cannot trace the ancestral homeland that their families claimed two millennia ago, nor do they continue to long for those places. Yet no matter where they have lived, Jews have continued to dream about the land of Israel. Because Israel is different. It is a land that has pulsed with energy and mystery since the dawn of time, a land that has captured the imagination throughout history, a land that breathes with the glory of our past and the dreams of our future.
And so Israel retains its hold upon our spirit. There is a deep connection that continues to tug at us, a magnetic pull that has not waned even though many have found safe haven elsewhere. Whether Israel makes us feel pride or disappointment, hope or concern, we care about its fate and its future. Whatever our political or religious bent, we know that Israel matters.
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The Chosen People
Ambassadors to the World
Spring Semester Begins May 4
Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski