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This Shabbat at Netivot Shalom: “The Development of ‘Secular’ Judaism in Israel: Origins and Expressions"

This Shabbat's After Kiddush Learning at Netivot Shalom (approx. 1:15) is

The Development of 'Secular' Judaism in Israel: Origins and Expressions

with Muki Tzur

Muki Tzur was born in 1938 in Jerusalem and joined Kibbutz Ein Gev in 1956. The child of Israeli diplomats, Muki was raised in Israel, Latin America, and Europe. One of Israel's most celebrated authors and historians, Muki is a leading expert on the first Aliya movements, the early settlement period in Israel, the labor movement and Kibbutz life. He is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, majoring in Philosophy, Hebrew Philosophy and Kabbalah. He is one of the initiators of the groundbreaking project "The Seventh Day" after the six-day war. Muki lectured at the Jordan Valley College and at the Midrasha in Oranim and is a much-sought after speaker and educational tour guide. He boasts a wealth of knowledge, personal stories, and first-hand experiences of the history of Israel. He is a senior educator at BINA Center for Jewish Identity and Hebrew Culture and one of the founders of the Secular Yeshiva in Tel-Aviv. Muki currently lives in Kibbutz Ein Gev on the Sea of Galilee.  Muki is the recipient of the Mark & Henya Libhaber prize for religious tolerance for 2011. He has been chosen to be honored with the lighting of a torch at the national Independence Day ceremony on Mount Herzl for 2013.

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