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The God Who Hates Lies


A new book from David Hartman, The God Who Hates Lies.

In this deeply personal look at the struggle between commitment to Jewish religious tradition and personal morality, Dr. David Hartman, the world’s leading Modern Orthodox Jewish theologian, probes the deepest questions at the heart of what it means to be a human being and a Jew. Dr. Hartman draws on a lifetime of learning, teaching and experience as a social activist to present an intellectual framework for examining covenantal theology as it is applied to religious life. As much an expression of his impassioned commitment to Jewish law as it is testament to a lifetime of intellectual questioning and courage, this bold examination of the halakhic system offers fresh insights into Judaism and the quest for spiritual nourishment.

6 Responses to “The God Who Hates Lies”

  1. 1

    OK I will ask. Can you give us an example of the “fresh insights”? I need the “nourishment.”

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    Menachem Mendel:

    I have yet to see the book.

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    Harry Perkal:

    Rabbi David Hartman is always interesting and ” nourshing”. It is too bad he is isolated in Israel. What makes him Orthodox instead of Conservative- except that he thinks he is more viable calling himself Orthodox? Harry

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    Mordechai Y. Scher:

    Just a practical sort of question: much of the Modern Orthodox world pays Dr. Hartman little or no attention; so what makes him “the world’s leading Modern Orthodox Jewish theologian”? Is it simply by default, since there are so few published thinkers engaged in Jewish philosophy? Seems a bit of a ridiculous claim to me. I don’t think the Modern Orthodox world lays much claim to him.

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    Menachem Mendel:

    The quote is from the publisher, so I can’t explain their wording. It may be that Hartman still sees himself as part of Orthodoxy.

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    In an article about Fackenheim, David Blumenthal gives a great definition about a theologian, in which he says that a theologian is someone on the boundary.
    Hartman is certainly that. Was Heschel a Conservative thinker? He was at JTS but he wasn’t a Conservative thinker. I would suggest that Hartman is speaking towards the Modern Orthodox and most simply are not listening. The others go to YCT.




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