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Wiener Dow

Research Fellow

Leon Wiener Dow is a former research fellow and faculty member at the Shalom Hartman Institute.

He received his BA from Princeton University, his MA in Jewish thought from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, private rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Professor David Hartman, and a PhD in philosophy from Bar-Ilan University.

His book U’vlekhtekha Va’derekh (Hebrew, Bar Ilan University Press, 2017) constructs an approach to halakha based on the thought of Franz Rosenzweig.

His book The Going: A Meditation on Jewish Law was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017 and won the Jewish Book Council National Jewish Book Award in 2018 the category of Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice.

He has published papers in modern Jewish philosophy, Jewish law, and Jewish education. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and their five children.

Leon Wiener Dow


Jan 21, 2018

I confess my guilt, responsibility, and complicity as an aider and abettor of the perpetrators, in entertaining their basic male defense of division, which allows a sliver of light to separate them from their actions. And I declare my commitment to demanding of myself - and of them - a uniformity of excellence and sensitivity

Jan 23, 2017

With Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, Leon Wiener Dow says, American Jews ‘find themselves in a moment of profound, and I would assert, unprecedented significance’

Nov 1, 2016

I should not, at any level, be surprised to hear stories of men who cannot control their sexual urges – nor should I be surprised by the lengths to which they will go in order to satisfy these urges

Aug 7, 2016

Many American Jews and their progressive allies have despaired about the viability of a liberal Israel.

May 5, 2016

Despite it all, Israel, and so many of the Jews who reside here, have managed resiliently to reestablish trust in the world that we have good reason to spurn.

Feb 25, 2016

A missive to my progressive friends in the United States who dislike Israel’s elected leadership

Oct 28, 2015

For those of us who have lived in Israel for a while, it is unnerving to discover just how unnerved the latest spate of violence has made us

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The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics