The Institute for Zionist Strategies, rooted in a National Liberal orientation, seeks to strengthen Israel as the nation state of the Jewish People by contributing to its historic development as a Jewish and democratic state.
'The Zman' Series
We are pleased to announce the first volume in the Zman series, booklets of Zionist thought centered on the Jewish calendar. The booklets are the fruit of cooperation between members of HaMeorer (graduates of the Shiloach program of the Zionist Beit Midrash), the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, and the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute.
We chose to dedicate the first volume to the topic of shmitta. In its pages you will meet Rav Kook, Jabotinsky, Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Begin, Heschel, Levinas, Rav Uziel, Meir Ariel, Maimonides, Bialik, Herzl, A.D. Gordon, Martin Luther King, and many others.
Editing: Techiya Atzar
For the full volume (In Hebrew)
The Mikve Setup
Administrative and Economic Aspects
The Ministry of Religious Services and the local authorities in Israel operate 757 mikves (ritual baths) for women through the religious councils and religious departments in the various authorities. This study discusses various administrative and economic aspects of the mikve setup in Israel and points out several main findings:
1. The Ministry’s regulations are not enforced.
2. There is no uniform price even within the religious council, and each mikve charges a different price.
3. Inefficient management in the mikve departments.
4. Significant and unexplainable fluctuations in the income and expenses.
5. The information systems run by the Ministry of Religious Services lack much information.
The New Middle East
Summary by Yakov Faitelson
The inter-denominational and inter-religious conflicts in the Middle East which we are currently witnessing are based on objective factors. This lesson was already understood by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1920 when he proposed slicing up the Ottoman Empire in accordance with the real religious-ethnic segmentation of the local population. Seventy years later the same suggestion was made by Bernard Lewis, and Colonel Ralph Peters of the U.S. Army General Staff, each of them in his own time.
Having consideration for the successful example of the peace agreement betweenTurkey and Greek that has proven itself over the last 100 years, it may be assumed with a high degree of probability that had the proposals of President Wilson been adopted in his time it would have been possible to prevent most of the current blood disputes.