In times of crisis, when the future is uncertain, it is vital to return to our basic narratives and values.

This lecture in memory of Dr. Eddie Scharfman z"l offers sources, framing, and reflection on contemporary questions of Jewish power and the Land of Israel. The Jewish people live in eternal covenant with God, but what is the relationship of that covenanted people to the Land of Israel? Is it eternal, or affected by the passage of time or historical context? What does our tradition say about Jews wielding power in the Land of Israel? How are Jews meant to take responsibility for themselves through power, and what happens if they fail?