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David Hartman Interviewed by Krista Tippett (Video)
17.05.2016, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
2011 interview for the program, ‘On Being’ with Krista Tippett of National Public Radio read more>
 
 
How is Prayer Possible After the Holocaust
01.05.2016, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
First of the 2008-2009 Lindenbaum Lecture Series, Jerusalem, Israel, Nov. 10, 2008 read more>
 
 
Shavuot: Interview with David Hartman from 1993
01.05.2016, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Interview with Jerusalem Online. From Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem read more>
 
 
At Pesach, We Must Take Responsibility as Individuals, People, and a Country
10.04.2016, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
NEW FOR 5776 (2016) Pesach (Passover) negates the idea that the ultimate purpose of being Jewish can be realized by an individual’s “leap of faith” or by fulfilling the commandments at Sinai read more>
 
 
Rereading Passover: Redemption and the Rational Mind
10.03.2016, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Passover, writes Rabbi Prof. David Hartman, is meant to celebrate and sustain our deep yearning for freedom, not necessarily to show that God can change the order of the universe. Passover is a holiday that inculcates the belief that man will overcome oppression, that freedom will reign throughout the world. The faith that tyranny will ultimately be vanquished is deeply embedded in the significance of Passover read more>
 
 
Video: Jewish-Muslim Relations: 1998 Interview with David Hartman
03.11.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: Herbert Kaplow discusses the issues between the faiths with David Hartman read more>
 
 
Is a Personal God Possible After the Holocaust?
19.08.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: Lindenbaum lecture series, 2009, Part 1 read more>
 
 
Shavuot and the Meaning of the Covenant
14.05.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
As we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Sinai, we should pause to consider the covenantal relationship that Sinai represents. Understanding our relationship with the divine begins with understanding our covenant with Him: a covenant that presents us with a world that is waiting to be shaped by human initiative and action read more>
 
 
How the Different Interpretations of the Exodus Shape Our Vision of Jewish History
29.04.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Audio recordings of 2010-2011 lecture series read more>
 
 
Purim: Joy in the Midst of Uncertainty
03.03.2014, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
The story of Purim is a classic account of our people’s confrontation with brute anti-Semitism. Our bodies and not only our spirit were threatened with extinction. Nevertheless, Haman’s genocidal scheme was not realized read more>
 
 
The Contingent Feature of the Jewish View of History
26.11.2013, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: The Contingent Feature of the Jewish View of History, lecture at the Shalom Hartman Institute read more>
 
 
Rereading Pesach: Redemption and the Rational Mind
07.03.2013, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman wrote that Pesach is meant to celebrate and sustain our deep yearning for freedom, not necessarily to show that God can change the order of the universe. Pesach is a holiday that inculcates the belief that man will overcome oppression, that freedom will reign throughout the world read more>
 
 
Sinai and Exodus: Choosing Life in Midst of Uncertainty
20.02.2013, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Our founding national tale is not only about freedom and liberation, but also about uncertainty, arbitrary evil and the unpredictable contingencies of human history read more>
 
 
Why Judaism Survived
12.02.2013, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Video Interview with David Hartman: ‘We have to renew the tradition’ read more>
 
 
Auschwitz or Sinai?
01.02.2013, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
This powerful and oft-cited essay from 1982 is posted here in honor of the passing of Shalom Hartman Institute founder David Hartman read more>
 
 
David Hartman at 80: An Evening in His Honor
24.11.2011, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: An evening of lectures and discussion in honor of the 80th birthday of Rabbi Prof. David Hartman, Founder and President Emeritus of Shalom Hartman Institute of Jerusalem, November, 24, 2011 read more>
 
 
How Interpretations of Exodus Shape Our Vision II
01.11.2011, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: How Interpretations of Exodus Shape Our Vision II, Lord Kalms and Jay Pomrenze Lecture Series, Shalom Hartman Institute, November 2011 read more>
 
 
How Interpretations of Exodus Shape Our Vision III
01.11.2011, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: How Interpretations of Exodus Shape Our Vision III, Lord Kalms and Jay Pomrenze Lecture Series, Shalom Hartman Institute, November 2011 read more>
 
 
How Interpretations of Exodus Shape Our Vision
01.11.2011, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: How Interpretations of Exodus Shape Our Vision, Lord Kalms and Jay Pomrenze Lecture Series, Shalom Hartman Institute, November 2011 read more>
 
 
The God Who Hates Lies
01.07.2011, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: The God Who Hates Lies at the Shalom Hartman Institute, summmer 2011 read more>
 
 
The Akeida: A Window Into God’s Humanity And Our Own
31.08.2010, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
In attempting to understand the God of the Akeida, and what the Akeida might mean for us today, I have found it helpful to look at God as a parent read more>
 
 
Ground for Zionist Revolution was Set at Sinai
12.05.2010, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
On Shavuot we learn that God is not a super daddy who will necessarily protect us under all situations. Covenant is not an infantilizing experience, but rather an empowering one read more>
 
 
Cultivating a Culture of Innovative Traditionalism
17.01.2010, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Shalom Hartman Institute is dedicated to bridging tradition and modernity and confronts philosophical and theological questions that arise from the challenging reality of Judaism in the 21st century read more>
 
 
Parochial Interests Can Destroy National Consensus
04.05.2009, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Political parties in Israel use the government to satisfy their particular constituencies and ignore the larger community. As long as this continues, we will never build a healthy nation read more>
 
 
Yom Hazikaron: Remembrance Before Celebration
27.04.2009, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Placing Yom Hazikaron – the day of remembrance - and Yom Haatzmaut – the day of our independence as a state - together reveals a profound characteristic of the Israeli psyche and value systems read more>
 
 
Extremism is Trumping Rationality in the Modern World
18.03.2009, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
The deepest challenge to Judaism is that we have given up on the belief in the rational capacity of human beings to build a decent life read more>
 
 
Remembering Krister Stendahl
26.02.2009, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Remembers Krister Stendahl, 2009 International Theology Conference, February 2009 read more>
 
 
Israeli and Palestinian Relations: Into the Future
02.02.2009, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Our total commitment to resolve the tragic conflict with the Palestinians will be the finest expression of our loyalty to a tradition which seeks to unify solidarity with all of humanity and gratitude for the gift of Judaic particularity read more>
 
 
Video: Challenges Facing Modern Jewry in Israel and the Diaspora
19.01.2009, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: Watch the opening talk in the 2009 Pomrenze Lecture Series by David Hartman read more>
 
 
The Significance of Israel for the Future of Judaism
07.12.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Treating Israel solely as a haven against persecution is incomplete and inadequate for understanding the significance and importance of the rebirth of the Jewish state read more>
 
 
The Secret of Israel and its People
23.11.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
I thought I knew who the Jewish people were when I was a rabbi for 19 years and taught philosophy and created a Jewish Studies program at McGill University. But then I came here and I found, really, who are the Jews read more>
 
 
Why Celebrate Diversity?
23.10.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
To be able to hear the validity and power of those who don’t agree with you is the surest way to develop your own convictions, which are yours read more>
 
 
Israel Expresses Courage of Jewish People to Act, Knowing World is Imperfect
16.07.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Israel is not the fulfillment of our messianic dreams of a just society overcoming greed and corruption, but an opportunity to translate Judaic values into reality read more>
 
 
Israel and Judaism’s Future
05.05.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Our return to the Land of Israel has not only recreated some of the existential conditions that informed the biblical, covenantal foundations of Judaism but also that modern Israel provides Jews with an exciting opportunity to recapture salient features of their biblical foundations read more>
 
 
Israel and Judaism’s Future, Part 1: Secular Zionism in Revolt
28.04.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
If one strips away the external trappings of traditional sentimentality found in Zionist appreciation of Jewish customs, one discovers the belief that concern for the survival of the Jewish people and commitment to the State of Israel are the new substitutes for traditional Judaism read more>
 
 
Israel and Judaism’s future, Part 2: Early Religious anti-Zionism
28.04.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Traditional religious response to early Zionism was intensely hostile, because they the third Jewish commonwealth could not arise out of political developments in secular world, but must result from God’s redemptive intervention into history read more>
 
 
Israel and Judaism’s Future, Part 3: Messianic Religious Zionism
28.04.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Secular Zionists believed their efforts would lead to a socialistic Jewish state where the Jewish religion would be an anachronism, but religious Zionists felt God would divert the course of events so as to turn Jews into a kingdom of priests and a holy nation read more>
 
 
Israel and Judaism’s Future, Part 4: A Covenantal Perspective on Zionism
28.04.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
In returning to the land, we have created the conditions through which everyday life can mediate the biblical foundations of our covenantal destiny read more>
 
 
Israel and Judaism’s Future, Part 5: Creation, Divine Self-Limitation and the Covenant
28.04.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
The development toward covenantal responsibility reaches its quintessential expression in the moment of Sinai, when a whole nation is commissioned to implement in its total way of life the will of God as expressed in the mitzvoth read more>
 
 
Israel and Judaism’s Future, Part 6: The Covenant and Human Responsibility
15.04.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
The State of Israel is the main catalyst to rethinking the meaning of God as the Lord of History. The future of Judaism depends on our ability to discover meaningful ways of relating to God’s love and power in a world where history, and not only Torah, is not in heaven read more>
 
 
Should Jewishness in Israel Be Legislated or a Choice?
10.04.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Fight over chametz sales at Pesach in Israel raises question of legislating religious principles, but freedom of religion or non-religion is an option that should be decided by individual and not Knesset read more>
 
 
Do Not Invoke Amalek Lightly
12.03.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Generalization of one horrible incident to inspire total hatred of entire Arab population in Israel is in opposition to deepest principle of Judaism, that God waits for a person to repent, discover new ways to live until day of death read more>
 
 
From Survival to Freedom and Back: A New Agenda for Israel and the Diaspora
02.03.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Rarely in history has the Jewish people been so challenged as today. Everything we cherish and love in our heritage is at stake. We now know that the continuity of the Jewish people in free, democratic societies cannot be taken for granted. We can disappear read more>
 
 
Leibowitz and Heschel: Prayer and Relationship of God to the Modern Individual
11.02.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Leibowitz is concerned about rational consistency of halakha; Heschel seeks to revitalize Judaism within modern context read more>
 
 
Balancing Ritual and Ethics in One’s Religious Life
03.02.2008, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
We can maintain the supremacy of the ethical without denying the deep quest for an intimate relationship with God, which is symbolized by prayer read more>
 
 
Being Jewish Doesn’t Separate Us From World, Humanity
01.11.2007, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
In a recent lecture to senior officers of the Israel Defense Forces, I spoke of the way an officer should relate to soldiers under his command – not to manipulate, not to create excessive dependency, and not to embarrass in public read more>
 
 
David Hartman Interviewed by Leon Charney
05.12.2005, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: Excerpt of an interview by Leon Charney in Jerusalem from 2005 in which they discuss Rambam, Judaism, the covenant at Sinai, and other topics read more>
 
 
Decency in an Imperfect World
05.12.2005, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: Decency in an Imperfect World: An Exerpt from a David Hartman Interview by Leon Charney, December, 2005 read more>
 
 
David Hartman Talks on Rosh Hashana
01.09.1999, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Listen to this 1999 recording of David Hartman discussing Rosh Hashana read more>
 
 
Lecture on Rosh Hashana to Rabbis
01.07.1999, by Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
David Hartman Video: Adapted from an audio recording of a presentation Rabbi Prof. David Hartman gave to a gathering of rabbis at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem in July 1999. This recording was found during archival research and cataloguing being done at the Institute. read more>
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
 
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