Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute and author of Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. 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.
He is the author of The Boundaries of Judaism; co-editor of Judaism and the Challenges of Modern Life; co-author of Spheres of Jewish Identity; and lead author of Speaking iEngage: Creating a New Narrative Regarding the Significance of Israel for Jewish Life. He is currently completing his next book, entitled Who are the Jews?
He is married to Adina and has three children and three grandchildren.
February 24, 2020 – “Talking about Israel: Missteps and Opportunities”
Our American Jewish discourse around Israel has become deeply polarized and alienating for too many. We have lost the art of talking about Israel in a way that can enable a wide spectrum of Jews to participate. Donniel Hartman, at this public lecture, discussed what has gone wrong, and how we can reclaim the discourse.
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May 25, 2016 – “Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself”
In conversation with Dr. Michael Sandel, American political philosopher and professor at Harvard University.
In his book, Putting God Second, Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman tackles one of modern life’s most urgent and vexing questions:
Why are the great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – chronically unable to fulfill their own self-professed goal of creating individuals infused with moral sensitivity and societies governed by the highest ethical standards?
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