Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg

Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg
Senior Research Fellow
Fields of Practice: 
The wisdom of love, halakha and State, democratic education

Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg is a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (since 1994) and the Rabbi and spiritual leader of Har Adar, a Jerusalem suburb town, where he resides with his family. Among his previous roles at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute he served as chair of the Center for Tolerance Education (1997-2006), co-chair (with Prof. Eliezer Schweid) of the Framework for Jewish Thought and Identity (1994-2004), Jewish Culture and Identity chair (2004-2014) and founding editor of Identities, Journal for Jewish Culture & Identity.

His main fields of interest are: The wisdom of love; democratic education; halakha and state.

Rabbi Rothenberg is a visiting associate in the programs of law and religion and love in religion in Regent’s Park College in Oxford University. His current research on the influence of Leone Hebreo, Dialoghi d’amore, is supported by the Venice Center for International Jewish Studies and Ca'Foscari University of Venice.

He has published numerous articles and 12 books, among them:

The Wisdom of Love—Man, Woman & God in Jewish Canonical Literature, Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2009

Naftali Rothenberg is the 2011 laureate of the Liebhaber Prize for the encouragement of religious tolerance in Israel.

Publications in the Institute