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Reuven Hammer

Rabbi Reuven Hammer

Reuven Hammer is a Conservative rabbi, scholar of Jewish liturgy, author and lecturer. He earned his doctorate in theology and his rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary and is a founder of the Masorti movement in Israel and a past president of the International Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbi Hammer served many years as head of the Masorti Beth Din in Israel. A prolific writer in both the Israeli and international press, he is a regular columnist for The Jerusalem Post's "Tradition Today" column. He lives in Jerusalem

In 2003, Hammer was named to the Forward 50 as one of the most influential Jews in the American Jewish community for his achievements as president of the Rabbinical Assembly. That same year, he received the Simon Greenberg Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Rabbinate by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies of the University of Judaism (now the American Jewish University).

His books Sifre: A Taanaitic commentary on the Book of Deuteronomy (1986) and Entering the High Holy Days: A guide to origins, themes, and prayers (2005) were awarded the National Jewish Book Award as the best book of scholarship for their respective years.

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