Jewish solutions will be found to humanity’s problems, Education Minister Naftali Bennett declared at the annual Israel Prize awards ceremony yesterday.
“The goal of Judaism’s history is to heal a wounded world,” Bennett said in his introductory remarks. “The next generation of Zionism will invert the model: Instead of searching for universal solutions for the problems of the Jews, we’ll find Jewish solutions for the problems of humanity."
Eleven prizes were handed out at the ceremony in Jerusalem, which was also attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and Supreme Court President Miriam Naor. The prize winners are Prof. Eviatar Nevo in life sciences; Prof. David Shulman in religion and philosophy; Hadas Ophrat in performance arts; Prof. Yohanan Friedmann in Near Eastern studies; Prof. Yossi Katz in geography, archeology and Land of Israel studies; Prof. Leslie Leiserowitz and Prof. Meir Lahav n chemistry and physics; Nurit Hirsh in Hebrew song and popular culture; Prof. Edit Doron in linguistics; Rabbi Eli Sadan and Maj. Gen. (res.) Doron Almog for lifetime achievement.
Prof. Shulman announced this week he would donate his prize money to Ta'ayush, an NGO that supports Palestinians in the West Bank.