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Vice President and Director of the Kogod Research Center

Rabbi Dr. Shraga Bar-On is the Vice President and Director of the Kogod Research Center for Contemporary Jewish Thought and the David Hartman Center for Intellectual Excellence in Jerusalem, and a lecturer of Talmud and Jewish Thought at Shalem College.

His research in Jewish philosophy and identity addresses a wide range of eras and topics: Second Temple literature, Mishnaic and Talmudic scholarship, medieval Jewish literature, early Zionism, and contemporary Jewish identity. His books and other works have been published in academic, popular, and educational contexts.

Shraga lives in Beit Horon, is married to Vered, and is the father of three. 

Shraga Bar-On


Oct 29, 2020

Tomer Persico leads a conversation with Masua Sagiv and Shraga Bar-On on what American democracy looks like from the Israeli point of view.

Jul 17, 2020

Gathering in prayer for the well-being of rabbis and spiritual leaders in this moment of intense pressure and concern.

Apr 21, 2020

The Shoah had a great impact upon Jewish identity, but not on religious life.

Oct 11, 2018

We have much to learn from the Jewish intellectuals who lead American neo-conservatism who combine liberal excellence with conservatism

Aug 1, 2018

Here's how the new Jewish Agency chairman can be a crucial bridge between Israel and the whole Jewish people.

Apr 24, 2018

Israel is a collective project of all the Jewish people. The legal system is not just secular but also Jewish and cannot be privatized.

Oct 31, 2017

Should national law in Israel, the same law that gave the Orthodox the monopoly on marriage and divorce, consider halakhic principles in proving fatherhood? Would opening the discussion worsen or improve the mamzer problem?

Oct 1, 2017

How did His 13 Attributes Develop into 'attributes of mercy'? By changing His mind and forgiving, God proves that He puts compassion over anger.

Jun 5, 2016

What is the Festival of Shavuot, then? Shavuot is the Festival of revelation

Jun 2, 2016

Lots have been commonly used in Jewish culture as well. In the Bible, the casting of lots is used for the Yom Kippur sacrificial goats

Mar 10, 2016

Megillat Esther is the most secular book in the Bible. Not because it represents the sanctity of God, but maybe because it expresses the sanctity of shared Jewish identity.

Sep 21, 2015

The origin and spiritual significance of a liturgical gesture.

Aug 3, 2015

A closer look at the Talmud's description of Tu B'Av reveals a revolutionary, therapeutic recasting of the traumatic biblical story.

Jun 29, 2015

Bonna Devora Haberman, one of the “Women of the Wall” founders, was many things: researcher, rabbi and activist, Israeli, and American.

Apr 2, 2015

Passover is the holiday of freedom, but the meaning of freedom can be grasped in different and even contradictory ways.

Jan 27, 2015

Maybe the post-Holocaust believer has 10 tons of pain, but four cubits of halakha, as was said after the destruction of the Second Temple

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