Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President and the 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.

He is the author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award,

Gordis is widely cited on matters pertaining to Israel. Professor Alan Dershowitz has called him “one of Israel’s most thoughtful observers.”

Leonard Fein has written that Gordis is “perhaps the single most popular speaker on Israel to American Jewish audiences.” He spoke at the Durham JCC in January 2012 in an event sponsored by AIPAC and Voice for Israel.

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Mon, Jul 25th 2016 5:05am

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Mon, Jul 25th 2016 5:05am

Israelis, unsurprisingly, are largely united on the need for their country to be a distinctly Jewish state, areportreleased this week by Pew Research Center found. They disagree strongly, however, as to how to preserve that Jewishness. Almost half of the survey’s Jewish respondents said that the state should rid itself of the Arab population by expelling or transferring them out of Israel.

Although it has long been recognized that tensions between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs are on the rise, the 48 percent figure is astonishingly ...

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Sun, Mar 13th 2016 5:30am

The numbers are in, and they are devastating. The Pew Research Centers A Portrait of Jewish Americans portrays a community in existentially threatening dysfunction. Some of the numbers are already well-known: Intermarriage rates have climbed from the once-fear-inducing 52 percent of the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey to 58 percent among recently married Jews on the whole. (The rate would be about 70 percent if one were to leave out the Orthodox, who very rarely intermarry.) Only 59 percent of American Jews are raising their ...

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Wed, Feb 17th 2016 8:15am

Outside the spotlight, one long-standing Israeli rift seems to be healing, at least for now.

The Jewish State has long had a fraught relationship with the non-Orthodox Jewish community in the U.S. Some90 percentof American Jews are not Orthodox, and at a moment when Israel ...

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Tue, Feb 16th 2016 12:04pm

To get away from last summers war in Gaza, with its air-raid sirens and cascade of terrible news, my wife and I decided to head north, and to rent a small cabin in the middle of nowhere for a few days.

If wed hoped for quiet, we were about to be disappointed. At night, there was shelling from Lebanon; during the day, artillery landed not too far away as Syrian and Islamic State forces battled it out.

This week, because its been a quiet summer on the ...

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Mon, Feb 15th 2016 9:42am