Jerusalem, Israel - Mar. 12, 2023 - On Sunday evening a book launch was held for Israel's Declaration of Independence: The History and Political Theory of the Nation's Founding Moment at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem, Israel.
The launch sponsored by Yeshiva University Straus Center for Torah & Western Thought featured introductory remarks by Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, a keynote address by Yeshiva University Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, and an interview with the authors, Neil Rogachevsky and Dov Zigler.
Hasson- Nahoum ended her remarks with a short dvar torah. The Jewish people worshiping the golden calf believed, but with misdirected, badly placed emunah. However, she compared the sin of spies, where they lost faith. She suggested that misplaced faith was better than no faith at all. And concluded, "the week after the golden calf, we started to build the Mishkan. Hopefully, this book is the inspiration for us to get over the crisis now."
Rabbi Soloveichik in his remarks elaborated on the bracha of shehecheyanu, used by Menachem Begin and with the newly rediscovered ancient dates growing in the Judean desert. He also gave an interesting vort on the bracha for Crispix. Yes, the cereal which is made of exactly half rice and half corn.
The program ended with the three men sitting to discuss the book.
Using drafts of Israel's Declaration of Independence, the authors "shed new light on the dilemmas of politics, diplomacy, and values faced by Israel's leaders as they charted the path to independence and composed what became modern Israel's most important political text." Interestingly, the original drafts of the important Israeli document were written in English, and both authors were from Canada. Israel's Declaration of Independence is a very timely topic with the Knesset committees on Judicial reform making international headlines.
The book is listed as a new release on Amazon.