Category Archives: Israel: Status Quo?

Online Exhibition: “The White Soldier” by Yuda Braun and Alex Janetzko

June 3, 2013

This month’s art exhibition features the work of Yuda Braun and Alex Janetzko. The following introduction is by the artists in their own words. To return to this month’s online art exhibition, please visit the Sh’ma homepage. “The White Soldier” Performance: Yuda Braun Images: Alexander Janetzko Yuda Braun was born in Canada in 1984, raised More »

Israel: Status Quo?

June 2, 2013

1. How do you understand David Ben-Gurion’s original notion of “status quo,” and what is its legacy?

2. What is the argument about demographic trends and the future of democracy in Israel? How does a broader discussion of “status quo” impact the future of a Jewish and a democratic state?

3. What is the relationship, if any, between Israel’s cultural efflorescence — in food, wine, film, fiction, etc. — and a sense of political stagnation?

4. What will Israel look like — culturally, religiously, geopolitically, economically, and otherwise — if the political status quo is sustained for another 10, 20, or 50 years?

5. How does change take root in a society that situates itself both as a bulwark of tradition and at the cusp of innovation? What might remain static, and what must change? More »