We’re delighted to share with you a full-color bulletin with photos detailing what the David Cardozo Academy Think Tank has been up to this year – our regular activities plus an Open Think Tank for the public in March. There are also questions for you to ponder – it wouldn’t be the DCA Think Tank without them!
The DCA Think Tank gathered last night to mark Yom Hazikaron together, sharing stories of fallen soldiers and victims of terror with whom they had a personal connection, and talking about the day and what it brings up for them.
Last night, the DCA Think Tank members discussed the concept of “Yirat Shamayim”: what it means to them, what role it plays in their religious lives, and whether critical thinking and academic analysis affects it negatively. Tell us in the comments how you would answer these questions.
The think tank discusses whether the founding of the State of Israel has changed how we approach Halacha and its mode of development, as well as what kind of changes can be made to the halachic system.
For the second half of 5775, the DCA Think Tank, consisting of fourteen men and women, of various ages and backgrounds but all committed to inquiring deeply into traditional Judaism, will be reading excerpts of the manuscript of Rabbi Cardozo’s forthcoming autobiography Lonely But Not Alone. They will function as a sounding board, discussing and critiquing the ideas and stories therein. Rabbi Cardozo has sat down to write this volume following the very positive responses to his short autobiography of the same name, published in Conversations (the Journal of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals)in May 2013. These summaries from the TT meetings will give readers a sneak preview into what the book will contain.