Donniel Hartman


Donniel_Hartman_img1Rabbi 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 is the father of three children and two grandchildren.


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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