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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

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 Founder David Hartman probed the deepest questions at the heart of what it means to be a human being and a Jew.
2012 English


Torah and Philosophic Quest - Expanded Edition
By Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
In his 1976 Maimonides: Torah and Philosophical Quest, David Hartman departs from traditional scholarly views about Maimonides by offering a new way of understanding the great man and his work. This expanded edition contains Hartman’s new postscript.
2009 English

A Heart of Many Rooms

By Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
With clarity, passion, and outstanding scholarship, SHI Founder David Hartman addressed 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

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

Israelis and the Jewish Tradition

An Ancient People Debates its Future
By Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
Rabbi Prof. David “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

A Living Covenant

The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism
By Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
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

Epistles of Maimonides

Crisis and Leadership
By Rabbi Prof. David Hartman
These letters represent Maimonides’ 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
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