Daniel Gordis

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  • Senior Vice President and Koret Distinguished Fellow, Shalem Center
  • National Jewish Book Award Winning Author
  • Founding Dean, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism
  • Commentator on Israel and the Jewish People

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.”  Leonard Fein has written that Gordis is “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.” The Forward has called him “one of the most respected Israel analysts around.”

 

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Of the many renowned speakers whom we host and from whom we learn in Toronto, Daniel Gordis stands tallest. His analysis – on Israel and the Middle East, on other matters, too – is unrelentingly astute and compelling. What he says is delivered with passion, intelligence, warmth and humor – the clarity of his remarks never blurred with a bow toward popularity, however tempting, however hard the facts. He is unfailingly gracious and generous. In short, to host Daniel Gordis and to learn from this leading figure in the Jewish world today is a terrific pleasure and a genuine privilege.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Daniel Gordis
  • United Jewish Appeal of Greater Toronto
  • Park Avenue Synagogue
  • Park Avenue Synagogue
  • Israel Bonds
  • Temple Beth Sholom
  • Beth El Durham
  • Combined Jewish Philanthropies
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte
  • Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ
  • Congregation Adath Jeshurun
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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? Fightin ...

  • 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 Peop ...

  • 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 2015 Going to Turn into 1938 all over Again?

American Judaism

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 P ...

  • 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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<p>Gordis' <em><strong>ISRAEL</strong> </em>garners top honors from Jewish Book Council</p>

Gordis' ISRAEL garners top honors from Jewish Book Council

Already "one of the most respected Israel analysts around"- The Forward, DANIEL GORDIS' ISRAEL received the 2016 Book of the Year award from the Jewish Book Council.  The JBC says of the book, "Gordis is masterful at stepping into the personalities of the key thinkers and doers of the modern Jewish state. His portraits are alive, and his judgments are shrewd."

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Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College. The author of more than ten books, Gordis is a regular columnist for both the Jerusalem Post and for Bloomberg View.

 Gordis’ newest book is a history of the State of Israel entitled Israel: A Concise History of a Nation Reborn, which received the 2016 National Jewish Book Award as “Book of the Year.” Ambassador Dennis Ross, reflecting on the book, wrote, “When I am asked ‘Is there one book to read about Israel?’ I now have an answer.”  Yossi Klein Halevi wrote, “Daniel Gordis has written a luminous history …. Gordis gives us the soul of Israel, and helps explain why the most hated country on the planet is also among the most beloved.”

Gordis’ writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, The New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Azure, Commentary Magazine and Foreign Affairs, and his books have received numerous awards.  He won the National Jewish Book Award for Saving Israel, in 2008, and both Becoming a Jewish Parent and his book (co-authored with Dr. David Ellenson of the Hebrew Union College), Pledges of Jewish Allegiance: Conversion, Law, and Policy-Making in 19th and 20th Century Orthodox Responsa (published by Stanford University Press in 2012) were Finalists for the National Jewish Book Award. The Promise of Israel: Why Its Seemingly Greatest Weakness is Actually Its Greatest Strength, was named by Jewish Ideas Daily as one of the “best Jewish books of 2012.” Commentary Magazine has called Gordis’ most recent book, Menachem Begin: The Battle for Israel’s Soul, “the gold standard in Begin studies.” When the Hebrew edition of his Begin biography appeared in July 2015, it quickly rose to Israel’s national bestseller list.

During the Gaza War of 2014, Bloomberg Views asked him to become a columnist explaining Israelis’ views of the conflict to the world at large. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called Gordis “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.”  The Forward has called him “one of the most respected Israel analysts around.” In 2014, the Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s 50 most influential Jews, 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.”  Leonard Fein has written that Gordis is “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.”

Gordis is now writing a book on American Jews and their relationship to Israel, which will be published by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2019. He and his wife life in Jerusalem; they are the parents of three grown children and one sabra granddaughter.