Join our email list

How We View the Jewish People, Diaspora, and Israel

Donniel Hartman discusses interfaith marriage, conversion, aliyah and contemporary Judaism with Elchanan Nir of Makor Rishon (Hebrew with English subtitles)
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 “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,

At the recent Am Olam conference held by the newspaper Makor Rishon, Donniel Hartman discussed his views on contemporary Judaism and Jewish peoplehood.

At a session co-sponsored by the Shalom Hartman Institute, he spoke with Elchanan Nir, editor of Makor Rishon’s “Shabbat” supplement, about the interview he gave to that magazine the week before.

In the video above, Hartman presents the challenges and opportunities of “assimilation” — especially through interfaith marriage — and the challenges to Israelis of understanding the North American context. He argues, for example, the rate of interfaith marriage in North America is not a catastrophe, but should rather be considered an opportunity akin to the Israeli Law of Return.



You care about Israel, peoplehood, and vibrant, ethical Jewish communities. We do too.

Join our email list for more Hartman ideas

Add a comment
Join our email list


The End of Policy Substance in Israel Politics