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President, Shalom Hartman Institute

Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute and holds the Kaufman Family Chair in Jewish Philosophy. He is author of the highly regarded 2016 book, Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself, and is the host of the award-winning For Heaven’s Sake, one of the most popular Jewish podcasts in North America.

Donniel is the founder of some of the most extensive education, training and enrichment programs for scholars, educators, rabbis, and religious and lay leaders in Israel and North America. He is a prominent essayist, blogger and lecturer on issues of Israeli politics, policy, Judaism, and the Jewish community.

He has a Ph.D. in Jewish philosophy from Hebrew University, an M.A in political philosophy from New York University, an M.A. in religion from Temple University, and Rabbinic ordination from the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Donniel is the author of The Boundaries of Judaism, co-author of Spheres of Jewish Identity, and co-editor of Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life. His newest book, Who Are the Jews—And Who Can We Become? will be published in November 2023.

He is married to Adina and is the father of three children and five grandchildren.

Dec 2, 2023

For Israel to represent our most noble Jewish values, it must pursue peace, and prevent racism, and xenophobia from having any foothold in the Jewish state.

Dec 2, 2023

Amid seismic shifts in geopolitical alliances and widespread concern that American Jews are drifting away from Israel, this question continues to trouble the American Jewish community.

Dec 2, 2023

Seeing the Capitol riots as an aberration may help us sleep at night, but we Jews know better -- and yes, Holocaust comparisons are allowed.

Donniel Hartman

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