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Rabbi Dr. Yehoyada Amir

In 1994, Dr. Amir received his Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he also taught for many years. From 1999 to 2009 he served as the director of HUC-JIR's Israel Rabbinic Program, redesigning it as a leading liberal rabbinic training environment in Israel. He and his team trained most Reform rabbis currently serving in Israel.   

His academic works deal with a wide range of modern Jewish philosophers, including Nachman Krochmal, Aharon David Gordon, Hermann Cohen, Franz Rosenzweig, Mordecai M. Kaplan, Eugene Borowitz, and Eliezer Schweid. He also contributed to the ongoing discourse about the scope and limitations of Post-Holocaust theology, and to the Jewish efforts to constitute dialogical and interfaith theology.

Prof. Amir has served for many years in the IDF reserve forces as an artillery officer. He was released in 1998 at the rank of Major.

His books include Reason out of Faith: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig (in Hebrew, 2004), and A Small Still Voice: Theological Critical Reflections (in Hebrew, 2009). Among the books he has edited are: André Neher and Jewish Thought in Post-Holocaust France (in Hebrew, 2005); Derekh ha-Ru'ach: Eliezer Schweid's Jubilee Volume (in Hebrew, 2005); Nachman Krochmal, More Nevokhei ha-Zeman (in Hebrew, new edition, 2010); Faith, Truth and Reason: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig (in German and English, co-editor); and Haggada for Our Time (Israeli Reform Passover Haggadah, 2009, co-editor).


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