Yossi Klein Halevi

Letters to my Palestinian Neighbor After October 7th

Sunday, July 28th, 9:30-11:00am EST

Sunday, July 28th, 9:30-11:00 AM, EST

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor After October 7th

In 2018, Yossi Klein Halevi published Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. Speaking to an anonymous Palestinian neighbor, the author used history and personal experience as his guides, bringing together the anguish and faith held by many Israelis and Palestinians who longed for a peace that would allow them to live life like everyone else in the world. What has changed after October 7th? For many years, Israelis living close to the Gaza border were reaching out to their neighbors, driving them to Israeli hospitals for treatment, hiring them for work in their homes, trusting and hoping that these personal relationships would ultimately lead to a long-lasting peace. Now that this hope has been shattered for many, how do we envision Israeli letters to Palestinian neighbors? What can be said? Is there any chance of healing these relationships? These topics and more will be addressed in the conversation.

Yossi Klein Halevi is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is co-host, together with Donniel Hartman, of the Hartman Institute’s podcast, “For Heaven’s Sake” – the number one Jewish podcast in the English-speaking world.


Halevi’s 2013 book, “Like Dreamers,” won the Jewish Book Council’s Everett Book of the Year Award. His latest book, “Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor,” is a New York Times bestseller and has appeared in a dozen languages.


He has written for leading op-ed pages in North America and is a former contributing editor to the New Republic. He is frequently quoted on Israeli, Middle Eastern and Jewish affairs in leading media around the world and is one of the best-known lecturers on Israeli issues in the North American Jewish community and on North American campuses.


He co-directs the Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI), which teaches emerging young Muslim leaders in North America about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel. Over 150 Muslim leaders have participated in the unique program.


Born in Brooklyn, he received his BA in Jewish studies from Brooklyn College, and his MS in journalism from Northwestern University.


He moved to Israel in 1982 and lives in Jerusalem with wife, Sarah, who helps direct a center for Jewish meditation. They have three children.

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