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Religious Zionism

Course Developed by: Rabbi Peretz Hochbaum

What does the Torah teach us about the importance of establishing a Jewish homeland? According to the Torah/Chazal, how does the establishment of a Jewish State play a role in the beginning of the redemption? How do Chazal apply the mitzvah to live in Eretz Yisrael in our day? This course will consider these questions and many others as students explore the topic of Zionism within the context of a contemporary religious perspective. Together, we will travel back through time and discover our Biblical connections to the land of Israel throughout Tanakh and Jewish History. We will study the teachings of Chazal from Talmud and Rishonim through modern-day thinkers like Rav Kook, Rav Lichtenstein and Rav Soloveitchik.


Rabbi Hochbaum is Principal of Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy of the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He has a track record of excellence as an educator, administrator and innovator. Rabbi Hochbaum is a musmach of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) at Yeshiva University, and has served as a teacher and principal at a number of Yeshiva day schools, including: Hebrew Day School of Montgomery County, HANC, Yavneh Academy, and Rambam Mesitva. He was Founding Director of Camp Kaylie, Head Counselor at Camp Morasha, and Educational Director and Rabbi at Camp Raleigh. Rabbi Hochbaum earned his BA in Political Science, an MS in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University, and completed his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at American University.