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Flexigidity
Gidi Grinstein, Founder & President of Reut Institute
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The secret to Jewish survival has been a thoughtful balance of flexibility and rigidity - flexigidity - a concept which Gidi Grinstein suggests the modern Jewish community should revisit.
Themes: Leadership  Religion  Judaism  
DATE POSTED:  04-13-2013 MORE ABOUT THE TALK

Inspired by Darwin’s concept of adaptability, Gidi Grinstein proposes an answer to the question of Judaism’s continued survival: a combination of flexibility and rigidity, termed flexigidity. Grinstein provides current and historical examples of how the Jewish tradition has embraced this hybrid approach, and calls for Jewish communities the world over to look seriously at the role of flexigidity at a time when Jews are at their most powerful and, potentially, their most vulnerable.

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BE INSPIRED
The secret to Jewish survival has been a thoughtful balance of flexibility and rigidity - flexigidity - a concept which Gidi Grinstein suggests the modern Jewish community should revisit.
ABOUT THE TALK

Inspired by Darwin’s concept of adaptability, Gidi Grinstein proposes an answer to the question of Judaism’s continued survival: a combination of flexibility and rigidity, termed flexigidity. Grinstein provides current and historical examples of how the Jewish tradition has embraced this hybrid approach, and calls for Jewish communities the world over to look seriously at the role of flexigidity at a time when Jews are at their most powerful and, potentially, their most vulnerable.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Gidi’s first book Flexigidity: the Secret of Jewish Adaptability will be published soon. He is proud of his leadership on the ISRAEL 15 Vision, on 21st Century Tikkun Olam, on fighting the de-legitimization of Israel, on Birthright Israel and on government electoral reform. Gidi served as Secretary of the Israeli Delegation for the Camp David Summit in 2000. He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University Schools of Law & Economics, and of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner-Israel Fellow. Runs Marathons. Married with five children.

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Gidi’s first book Flexigidity: the Secret of Jewish Adaptability will be published soon. He is proud of his leadership on the ISRAEL 15 Vision, on 21st Century Tikkun Olam, on fighting the de-legitimization of Israel, on Birthright Israel and on government electoral reform. Gidi served as Secretary of the Israeli Delegation for the Camp David Summit in 2000. He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University Schools of Law & Economics, and of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as a Wexner-Israel Fellow. Runs Marathons. Married with five children.

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Discussion questions:

Grinstein uses the image of a skyscraper to illustrate his concept of flexigidity - a fixed structure that can nonetheless move with the forces of the earth. How and where do you experience flexigidity in your own life? In your jewish life? How do you know when to remain firm and grounded, and when to bend?
Grinstein suggests that “a vibrant Diaspora is a Zionist imperative.” Do you agree? How does this statement relate to his concept of flexigidity and the future of the Jewish people? If a vibrant Diaspora were a centerpiece of every Zionist initiative, what might that look like?

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