Rabbi David Hartman’s unorthodox embrace of Jewish thought
Rabbi Hartman's critical and experimental Judaism suffused my years at his Jerusalem high school, and his mandate, 'Never let anyone take your place at the table of Judaism,' is a key to finding my place as an Orthodox gay Jew.
Orthodoxy is generally associated with conformity, particularly in the context of religious belief. However, etymologically, the word derives from a combination of two Greek words, literally translated as "right" or "true" (ortho) and "opinion" or "belief" (doxa). Rabbi David Hartman z”l, who passed away on February 10, 2013, Rosh Hodesh Adar 5773, was an ordained