Dr. Daniel Gordis is widely cited on matters pertaining to Israel. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called him “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers,” while Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic has written, “If you asked me, ‘of all the people you know, who cares the most about the physical, moral and spiritual health of Israel?’ I would put the commentator and scholar Daniel Gordis at the top of the list.”
Israel and Zionism
- Not a Moment’s Regret: Reflections of an Unabashed Zionist
- Curious George Goes to the Army: Reflections of a Soldier’s Father
- 2048: Will Israel Survive until its One Hundredth Birthday?
- The High Price of Jewish Statehood: Is Israel Really Worth the Cost?
- Fighting For Israel's Soul While Fighting Israel's Enemies
World and Contemporary Judaism
- John Lennon vs. The Bible – Today’s Battle between Universalism and Particularism
- Not “Who Is a Jew?” but “What Is a Jew?” – What Is At the Heart of the Conversion Crisis?
- Pledges of Jewish Allegiance – What Conversion has Meant in Jewish History, and What It Might Still Mean Today
- “The Chosen People” – Harmful Notion or Necessary Concept?
- Once Upon a People: What Has Happened to the Idea of Jewish Peoplehood?
- A Nation that Dwells Apart: The International Assault on Israel -- Its Causes And How We Must Address It
- History, Redux? -- Is 2012 Turning into 1938 all over Again?
- Where Has All the Passion Gone? – Is There a Future for American Judaism?
- “But My Kids Feel Left Out” – Raising Jewish Children in an American Society
- Living with Risk: Modern Jews and the Struggle to Believe in God
- The American Jewish Assault on Jewish Peoplehood – It is Really Happening? Why?
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Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President of the Shalem Center and a Koret Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States. Dr. Gordis joined Shalem in 2007 to help found Israel’s first liberal arts college, after spending nine years as vice president of the Mandel Foundation in Israel and director of its Leadership Institute.
Since moving to Israel in 1998, Dr. Gordis has written and lectured throughout the world on Israeli society and the challenges facing the Jewish state. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Moment, Tikkun, Azure, Commentary Magazine and Conservative Judaism. His book, Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End was published by Wiley in March 2009, and was subsequently awarded the 2009 National Jewish Book Award.
Dr. Gordis’ most recent book, co-authored with Dr. David Ellenson of the Hebrew Union College, is entitled Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policy-Making in 19th and 20thCentury Orthodox Responsa, and was released by Stanford University Press in December 2011. His next book on Israel, The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness is Actually Its Greatest Strength, will be published by Wiley in August 2012.