Daniel Gordis

Daniel Gordis is the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem and the author, most recently, of We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel.

Podcast: Daniel Gordis on Jewish Responses to Misery

The author of our October essay joins us to talk about the sources of Jewish resilience, and to share his memories of the Six-Day War.

Nov. 13 2020 12:36AM

Judaism Without Theology?

Jews are a people that has long battled for ideas. Can any sense of purpose be forged in the absence of theology, or a lifelong engagement with the texts of the Jewish canon?

Oct. 29 2020 12:01AM

How America's Idealism Drained Its Jews of Their Resilience

In Israel and in traditional communities, life and liturgy don’t run away from hardship. Most American Jews prefer to think on the brighter side, but that comes at a high cost.

Oct. 5 2020 1:33AM

Podcast: Daniel Gordis on the Rift between American and Israeli Jews

The scholar and commentator drops by the studio to illuminate what the divide is about, what it’s not about, and what it all means.

April 4 2019 12:01AM

Between American Jews and Israel: Are Pressure Tactics Fair Game? An Exchange

Daniel Gordis and Elliott Abrams debate the proper response to the Israeli government’s recent decisions on prayer at the Western Wall and conversion to Judaism.

July 24 2017 12:01AM

Why the American Jewish Distancing from Israel Is So Heartbreaking

From some of its founding ideas to some of its most thoughtful and essential institutions, American Jews have given the Jewish state much to be proud of.

May 30 2017 12:01AM

Why Many American Jews Are Becoming Indifferent or Even Hostile to Israel

It’s not about what Israel does. It’s about what, to their minds, Israel is.

May 8 2017 12:01AM

How American Jews Have Detached Themselves from Jewish Memory

In recent years they’ve let go of both ancient communal memory and recent political memory. No wonder they’re now letting go of Israel.

April 11 2016 12:01AM