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About Me

I am President of the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem, and Director of the John Templeton Foundation‘s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology.

My book The Virtue of Nationalism will be out with Basic Books in September 2018. If you want a principled argument for why you should be a nationalist, this will be the best book on the subject in a generation.

My previous books include The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which won the second place PROSE award for the best book in the category of Theology and Religion by the Association of American Publishers; The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul (Basic Books, 2000); and God and Politics in Esther (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

My work has appeared in publications such as The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, NPR, The New Republic, Commentary, First Things, and American Affairs, among others. In April 2016, I appeared with Morgan Freeman in his hit National Geographic miniseries “The Story of God.” You can watch us talk about God here.

Earlier I founded and headed the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem research institute that conducted nearly two decades of pioneering work in the fields of philosophy, political theory, Bible, Talmud, Jewish and Zionist history, Middle East Studies and archaeology beginning in 1994. The Center’s publishing arm, Shalem Press, became Israel’s leading publisher of Western philosophy translated into Hebrew, and published Azure magazine. In 2013, Shalem was accredited to grant Israel’s first Liberal Arts B.A., and formally became Shalem College. I served as President of Shalem from 1994-2002, and as Provost from 2005-2012.

After that, I served as a member of the Israel Council for Higher Education’s commission on General Studies and Liberal Arts programs in Israel’s universities and colleges. A journalistic write-up about my Shalem work is here.

I was born in Rehovot, Israel, in 1964. I graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in East Asian Studies in 1986, and completed my Ph.D. at Rutgers University in Political Theory in 1993. As an undergraduate, I founded and was the first editor of Princeton’s conservative student journal, The Princeton Tory. The first issue appeared in October 1984, when Ronald Reagan was President and Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister of Britain.

I live in Jerusalem with my wife Yael Hazony. We have nine children.

You can subscribe to Jerusalem Letters, my series of occasional essays on politics, philosophy, Judaism, Israel, and higher education on this page.