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Speaking in Jerusalem to the annual mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, he declared, “I will do everything in my power to ensure the equality of all streams of Judaism in Israel, in terms of conversion, marriage, funding and in the eyes of the law.”
But rather than properly implementing the ruling, the state has used foot-dragging tactics ... and in the end published tests that blatantly discriminate against non-Orthodox rabbis."
It is not surprising that a very high percentage of Jews in the Diaspora view the Rabbinate negatively. As symbols of religion, the Rabbinate and its allies have been remarkable failures. Instead of inspiring respect and admiration for Judaism and halakha, the “religious establishment” has generated disdain for—even hatred of—Judaism and halakha.
The further it slips away from the spiritual and compassionate ideals of religion, the further it removes itself from the goodwill of the Jewish world.
Each year he takes on roughly 1200 cases that test his fluency in Yiddish and Russian dialects, his familiarity with czarist and Soviet history, and his patience for combing through old Soviet archives. He then presents his findings to a rabbinic court, which almost always accepts his expert opinion about a citizen's Jewish identity.
“Where is there land to build all the prisons for them? There isn’t even enough land for homes for young couples.”
The UTJ MK also pointed out that government funding for yeshiva students is lower than the amount spent on prisoners.
National and military service brings diverse sectors of society closer together, increases integration, provides professional training and gives those who complete it a sense of worth.
Both Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett spearheaded this rallying cry (subsequently echoed with vigor by the Likud, Labor, Kadima and the Movement), which calls for the full realization of the principle of universal military or civilian service for all groups in society.
The implementation of this promise is now a key consideration in the construction of the next government and may very well determine its composition and direction.
This popular cry, however, is populist rather than substantive: it is misguided, misdirected and fundamentally mistaken.
Equality is demanded of the haredi man in army service, but equality is denied him in many other walks of life in Israel.
He would privatize the kosher certification industry and make the chief rabbinate its regulator, lowering the soaring prices of kosher supervision for the food industry.
He would make ritual baths more handicapped accessible, and require ritual circumcisers to refresh their skills in training classes every two years.
I write these words with sighs and sobs; and I believe that God and the Torah are sighing and sobbing as well.
He supported the revolution of Torah studies for women and encouraged joint study and debate among people of ranging outlooks who were affiliated with various denominations both in and outside of Judaism.
Through the educational institutions he founded, Hartman sought to create a pluralistic Jewish outlook designed to provide answers for the challenges facing contemporary Judaism.
- New York Times: Rabbi David Hartman, Champion of an Adaptive Judaism, Dies at 81
- Washington Post: David Hartman, rabbi known for promoting pluralism in Jewish world, dies at 81
- Haaretz: Rabbi David Hartman, founder of the Hartman Institute, dies at 81
- Haaretz: Rabbi David Hartman, the passionate leader of Orthodox renewal
- Jerusalem Post: Jewish philosopher Rabbi David Hartman dies
- Jerusalem Post: Loved ones lay Rabbi David Hartman to rest
- Haaretz: Rabbi David Hartman, Israel's avant-garde thinker
- National Post (Canada): David Hartman, the Iconic Jewish Educator Celebrated for his Pursuit of Pluralism, had his Start in Canada
- Rabbi Dr. Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi: David Hartman’s Fierce Embrace
- Yossi Klein Halevi: David Hartman, Lonely Man of Truth, Pushed Jews of All Stripes to Adapt
- Avi Sagi: The Living Covenant of David Hartman
- Yitzhak Benbaji: Talking to Maimonides: On David Hartman's Passing
- Charlie Buckholtz: The Rabbi Who Hated Lies
- Gil Troy: David Hartman z”l, the Rationalist Rebbe
- Amotz Asa El: Appreciation: King of No-Man’s Land
- Arnold Eisen: A Tribute to David Hartman
- Eugene Korn: Remembering Rabbi David Hartman’s Commitment to Jewish Learning and Intellectual Honesty
- Rabbi Rick Jacobs: Rabbi David Hartman's Torah of Pluralism (adapted from eulogy delivered at the funeral of Rabbi Hartman)
- Elliott Yagod: Eulogy for David Hartman (adapted from eulogy delivered at the funeral of Rabbi Hartman)
- Jerusalem Post Editorial: The Hartman Era
- RabbI Ed Feinstein: The Holiness of Now: A Memory of David Hartman
- Gary Rosenblatt: Rabbi Hartman's Judaism Of Many Rooms
- Yoni Zierler: The Power of Dialogue: A Farewell to Rabbi David Hartman
- Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner: Hartman: Courage Above All
- Jeffrey Woolf: Hartman: A Passion for Truth
- Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz: Rabbi David Hartman: A Transformative Force and a Unique Legacy
- Eliyahu Stern: How Rabbi David Hartman Lives On
- Rabbi David Wolkenfeld: Reflections on Rabbi David Hartman
- Rabbi Denise Eger: And Let Them Make a Sanctuary: Remembering Rabbi David Hartman
- Los Angeles Jewish Journal: Rabbi David Hartman’s Learned Students Remember their Rebbe