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Soul and Self-Defence

Learn and practice – the art of Jewish self-defence and the Jewish ideas behind it


“Jewish blood is not free for taking, is not hefker.” (Rav Soloveitchik, Kol Dodi Dofek)

For two thousand years, Jewish blood was treated as worthless. Just over 150 years ago, Jews began to question what they could do to defend themselves. But the idea of Jewish self-defence is not modern at all. It is rooted in the Torah, Jewish history and values – from Abraham to Deborah to Yehudit to the Maccabees, Bar Kochba and beyond. Since October 7th, these ideas and skills have been cast in a new light, becoming more relevant than ever. 


Join the Academy and the CSO for a unique learning and practical experience. In the first part of each session, we’ll unpack the concept of self-defence in the Torah, Jewish values and law and in our history. We’ll look in the mirror, at how we saw ourselves in our land some 3,000 years ago, and how we see ourselves today. The second part is a practical self-defence and awareness workshop, run by expert trainers of the CSO and is free of charge.

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