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David Zvi


Scholar in Residence and Director of New Media

Dr. David Zvi Kalman is Scholar in Residence and Director of New Media at Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, where he was also a member of the inaugural cohort of North American David Hartman Center Fellows. David Zvi leads the Kogod Research Center’s research seminar on Judaism and the Natural World.

David Zvi holds a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Toronto. His research touches on Jewish law, the history of technology, technology and ethics, material culture, and Islamic jurisprudence. He is the owner of Print-O-Craft Press and the KLMNOPS art house. His work can be found at

Sep 25, 2023

Considering how Judaism should respond to a world that is becoming increasingly inhospitable to human and animal life.

David Zvi Kalman


Apr 4, 2023

Does it matter where your Judaica comes from? Does it make your grandfather’s tallit or a cherished kiddush cup any less meaningful if it isn’t made by Jews?

Apr 3, 2023

Many “kosher-style” restaurants sell food that isn’t kosher. Why did this happen? And what does that say about our Jewish identity? 

Apr 3, 2023

The laws of kosher are part of Judaism’s code of ethics. But what happens when kosher food is made unethically?

Apr 3, 2023

Why do food companies put symbols on their products that are meant for only a tiny fraction of their consumers?

Mar 31, 2023

The existence of AIs has prompted all manner of soul-searching about the nature of humanity.

Mar 20, 2023

The beit midrash and the classroom will always be the principal sites of transformative Jewish study; it will just look a lot different tomorrow than before.

Mar 6, 2023

A review of The Koren Tanakh Graphic Novel: Esther

Dec 13, 2022

Dec 8, 2022

David Zvi Kalman discusses symbols of Hanukkah on the Bonjour Chai podcast

Aug 1, 2022

How did the rabbis understand the ideal role of work in our lives, the kinds of work that are best, and the relationship between work, rest, and play?

Jul 25, 2022

A century of science fiction should be enough to demonstrate that we’re fascinated by the prospect of creating true artificial life.

Jun 9, 2022

Climate change and its punishing effects are here and getting worse, yet Jewish thinking and advocacy on climate change are still stuck in prevention mode.

May 24, 2022

David Zvi Kalman, Erin Phillips

David Zvi Kalman on the Adventures in Jewish Studies podcast

May 3, 2022

Kosher certifiers could become the de facto regulators of a burgeoning new business; will they step up to meet the challenge?

Mar 31, 2022

Humanity is currently engaged in a massive, civilization-sized project to digitize all knowledge; among the more successful projects is the digitization of Jewish knowledge.

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