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People

Administration

Yoram Hazony is President of the Herzl Institute. He is founder and past President of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, now Shalem College. His books include The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture and The Jewish State: The Struggle for… »

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Ofir Haivry is Vice President for Academic Affairs of the Herzl Institute and the Director of its National Strategy Initiative. He served in executive positions at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, including founding Editor-in-Chief… »

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Yael Hazony is Vice President for Operations of the Herzl Institute. During the past decade she was Editor-in-Chief of Shalem Press, a Jerusalem publishing house whose publications included periodicals such as Azure and Hebraic… »

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Joshua I. Weinstein is Co-Director of the John Templeton Foundation's project in Jewish Philosophical Theology, and is a Senior Fellow at the Herzl Institute. His work in ethics, politics and psychology focuses on classical thought… »

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Rabbi Rafi Eis is Director of Educational Programs at the Herzl Institute. He also serves as a Ra"m at Midreshet Lindenbaum where he teaches Talmud and Jewish Law. He previously was the Interim Head of School and Assistant Head of… »

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Dru Johnson is Associate Director of the Templeton Foundation’s Project in Jewish Philosophical Theology, where he is responsible for liaising with Christian scholars interested in studying Hebrew scripture. Johnson is Assistant… »

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Gavriel Lakser is Coordinator of Academic Programs at the Herzl Institute. Formerly, he served as Assistant Director for Young Judaea’s Tochnit Shalem gap year program. He is a former Cardozo fellow, and is co-founder of the… »

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Shira Kahn is the Coordinator of the Summer Workshops in Bible and Philosophy of the Herzl Institute. She holds a B.A. in Law with honors from Bar Ilan University and recently interned in the State Attorney’s Office at the… »

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Resident Scholars

Joshua Berman is on the Bible faculty at Bar-Ilan University and a Resident Scholar at the Herzl Institute. His books include Created Equal: How the Bible Broke With Ancient Political Thought and The Temple: Its Symbolism and… »

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Yechiel Leiter teaches Law at the Kiryat Ono Academic Center and is a Resident Scholar at the Herzl Institute. He has authored three books and numerous articles on Zionism and Israel. His next book is John Locke’s Political… »

Jeremiah Unterman was Adjunct Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University and Director of the Association of Modern Orthodox Day Schools in North America before becoming a Resident Scholar at the Herzl Institute.  Dr. Unterman is the… »

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Templeton Fellows

Josh Amaru teaches Tanakh and Jewish Philosophy at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi in Jerusalem and he is also one of the scholars overseeing the translation of the Talmud and its new format for the Koren/Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli. He holds a… »

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James Arcadi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Analytic Theology Project at Fuller Theological Seminary. He recently completed his PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Bristol where he focused on a… »

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Craig Bartholomew is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion and Theology at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Canada. Dr. Bartholomew is the author and editor of many books including Where Mortals… »

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James A. Diamond is a full professor and the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Chair of Jewish Studies at the University of Waterloo and former director of the university's Friedberg Genizah Project.  His principle areas of study… »

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Melis Erdur received her Ph.D. from the New York University Philosophy Department in 2013.  In her doctoral dissertation, A Moral Critique of Moral Philosophy (written under the supervision of Professor David Velleman), she… »

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Lenn Goodman is a professor of philosophy and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University where he holds the Andrew W. Mellon chair in the Humanities.  His books include On Justice: An Essay in Jewish Philosophy (Yale University… »

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Berel Dov Lerner was born in Washington D.C. and is a member of Kibbutz Sheluhot in Israel's Beit Shean Valley. He received a BA in social and behavioral sciences from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in philosophy from the… »

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Alan Mittleman teaches Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He works in the areas of ethics, political theory, and modern Jewish thought. He is the author of six books, most recently Human Nature… »

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Alex Sztuden has taught philosophy at Fordham University, where he received his M.A and was awarded a distinguished fellowship. He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a member of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan… »

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Shmuel Trigano is Paris University Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Religion and Politics. He was Senior Fellow for 2012-2013 at the Herzl Institute where he wrote Hebrew, a Philosophy. Toward a New Jewish Thought (French,… »

Shira Weiss teaches medieval and modern Jewish Philosophy at Stern College, Yeshiva University. She holds a PhD in Medieval Jewish Philosophy and wrote her dissertation on the concept of choice in the philosophic exegesis of Joseph… »

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Jacob L. Wright teaches Hebrew Bible at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He writes on the formation of Biblical literature, the political thought of the Bible and Jewish writings, and the history of the ancient Near East. His… »

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