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From Defender to Critic
By Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Dr. David Hartman, the world’s leading modern Orthodox theologian, presents his own painful spiritual evolution from defender of the rule-based system of Jewish law to revolutionary proponent of a theology of empowerment, one that encourages individuals and communities to take greater levels of responsibility for their religious lives. In this daring self-examination, he explains how his goals were not to strip halakha—or the past—of its authority but to create a space for questioning and critique that allows for the traditionally religious Jew to act out a moral life in tune with modern experience.
In achieving this synthesis of tradition with the sensibilities of contemporary Judaism, Hartman captures precisely what creates vitality in living Judaism and charts the path to nurture its vitality forever.
2012 English NIS 80
 
 
 
The God Who Hates Lies
By Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
In a deeply personal look at the struggle between commitment to Jewish religious tradition and personal morality, SHI President Emeritus David Hartman probed the deepest questions at the heart of what it means to be a human being and a Jew.
2012 English $ 25

 
 
 
David Hartman
A Heart of Many Rooms
With clarity, passion, and outstanding scholarship, David Hartman addresses the spiritual and theological questions that face all Jews and all people today. From the perspective of traditional Judaism, he helps us understand the varieties of twentieth-century Jewish practice and shows that commitment to both Jewish tradition and to pluralism can create bridges of understanding between people of different religious convictions.
2002 English NIS 40
 
 
 
Love and Terror in the God Encounter: The Theological Legacy of Rabbi Josef B. Soloveitchik
By Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Rabbi Josef B. Soloveitchik deeply influenced modern Orthodoxy in the United States – and Judaism in general – in creating a dialogue between traditional Torah learning and western philosophical thought. Prof. David Hartman examines anew the points of Rabbi Soloveitchik’s philosophy that touch on the central aspects of the lives of modern believers. Hartman locates in these aspects the motivations, tensions and nourishment in Soloveitchik’s philosophy, also exploring its limits and raising new questions regarding this philosophy and modern Jewish thought.
2001 English NIS 40
 
 
 
Israelis and the Jewish Tradition:An Ancient People Debates its Future
"Hartman elegantly explores the deepest rift within the Israeli polity today, arguing passionately against a grand redemptive reading of Jewish history in favor of a sober embrace of political reality. He shows us the way to begin to imagine a postmodern Jewish identity that is at once grounded in a serious reading of Jewish texts and profoundly open to the intellectual and cultural currrents of our time." JAMES PONET, Yale University
2000 English NIS 60
 
 
 
David Hartman
A Living Covenant
This interpretation of Jewish teaching will appeal to all people seeking to understand the relationship between the idea of divine demand and the human response, between religious tradition and modernity. Hartman shows that a life lived in Jewish tradition need not be passive, insulated, or self-effacing, but can be lived in the modern pluralistic world with passion, tolerance, and spontaneity.
1998 English NIS 40
 
 
 
Epistles of Maimonides: Crisis and Leadership
These letters represent Maimonide`s response to three issues critical to Jews in his day and ours; religious persecution, the claims of Christianity and Islam and rational philosophy`s challenge to faith.
1985 ENGLISH NIS 50
 
 
 
Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest
In this original study, noted scholar and theologian David Hartman discusses the relation between Maimonides` halakhic writings and The Guide of the Perplexed--a connection much closer than is generally supposed. Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest demonstrates that Maimonides` total philosophic endeavor was an attempt to show how the free search for truth, established through the study of logic, physics, and metaphysics, can live harmoniously with a way of life defined by the normative traditions of Judaism.
1976 ENGLISH NIS