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 Executive Director of Development at Camp HASC. Previously, he was the 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. Rabbi Hochbaum earned his BA in Political Science and MS in Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. He completed his doctoral studies in
Educational Leadership at American University.