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In The God Who Hates Lies, David Hartman drew on a lifetime of learning, teaching and experience as a social activist to present an intellectual framework for examining covenantal theology as it is applied to religious life. As much an expression of his impassioned commitment to Jewish law as it is testament to a lifetime of intellectual questioning and courage, this bold examination of the halakhic system offers fresh insights into Judaism and the quest for spiritual nourishment.

About the Author

David Hartman received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s theological seminary in New York City. He is the author of many award-winning books, including A Living Covenant: The Innovative Spirit in Traditional Judaism and Maimonides: Torah and Philosophic Quest, both winners of the National Jewish Book Award, A Heart of Many Rooms: Celebrating the Many Voices within Judaism, finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of the Year”, and Love and Terror in the God Encounter: The Theological Legacy of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.


“A masterful, passionate confessional of an encounter in one man’s soul between traditional Judaism and his deepest moral sensibilities. Whether or not you agree with Rabbi Hartman’s vision, this book will pursue you long after you have read it.”Yehuda (Jerome) Gellman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

“Another essential and prophetic work from one of the great religious thinkers of the age. This deeply felt book is intensely personal yet intellectually rigorous – a challenge and a consolation for everyone who looks for God.”James Carroll, author, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World