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Jewish scholar Rabbi David Hartman dies

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JERUSALEM — Rabbi David Hartman, a Jewish scholar who founded the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, has died.

Hartman died Sunday in Israel following a long illness. He was 81.

In 1971, Hartman and his wife, Bobbi, and their five children, moved to Israel with plans  to establish an institute in Israel where Judaic studies scholars would address the critical contemporary challenges facing the Jewish people.  Five years later he founded the Shalom Hartman Institute, named for his father.

He also worked as a professor of Jewish thought at Hebrew University for more than 20 years. In addition, he advised several Israeli prime ministers on Israel-Diaspora relations and religious pluralism.

Before moving to Israel, Hartman was the rabbi of Congregation Tiferet Beit David Jerusalem in Montreal. While serving the congregation, he also taught and studied at McGill University, from where he earned a doctorate in philosophy.

Born in New York, Hartman studied at Yeshiva Chaim Berlin and the Lubavitch Yeshiva. He also studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik before receiving his rabbinical ordination from Yeshiva University in New York in 1953.

Among his many awards, he won two National Jewish Book Awards.

 

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