Yoram Hazony

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Yoram Hazony is an Israeli philosopher, Bible scholar and political theorist. He is President of The Herzl Institute[1] in Jerusalem. Hazony is known for founding The Shalem Center in Jerusalem in 1994, and leading it through its accreditation in 2013 as Shalem College, Israel's first liberal arts college.

Hazony's book The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture[2] (Cambridge, 2012) received the second place PROSE Award for best book in Theology and Religion from the American Association of Publishers.

Hazony received his B.A. from Princeton University in East Asian Studies in 1986, and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Political Philosophy in 1993. While a junior at Princeton he founded the Princeton Tory, a magazine for moderate and conservative thought.[3] He lives in Jerusalem with his wife Yael Hazony (Princeton '88). She was born Julia Fulton and the couple met at Princeton. The couple have nine children. He is the older brother of author David Hazony. He was born in Rehovot, Israel in 1964.

Hazony is Director of the John Templeton Foundation's project in Jewish Philosophical Theology, and is a member of the Israel Council for Higher Education committee examining general studies programs in Israel's universities and colleges.

He is author of a regular weblog on philosophy, politics, Judaism, Israel and higher education called Jerusalem Letters.[4] Hazony has published articles and essays in numerous prominent newspapers and journals, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and American Affairs.[5][6][7]

Hazony is an outspoken nationalist, and wrote that nationalism uniquely provides, "the collective right of a free people to rule themselves."[8]

Religious views[edit]

Hazony is a Modern Orthodox Jew. In 2014 he authored an article where he laid out his views on Open Orthodoxy. Hazony stated that he feared Open Orthodoxy was acting as an ideological echo chamber, where any non approved views were ridiculed and quashed without debate. Hazony described his concern that elements of Open Orthodoxy had seemingly decided to accept all conclusions of academic Bible critics as indisputable fact, without even going through the motions of investigating whether these conclusions were true.[9]

Published works[edit]

  • The Virtue of Nationalism (New York: Basic Books, 2018)
  • God and Politics in Esther (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel's Soul (New York: Basic Books and The New Republic, 2000)
  • The Political Philosophy of Jeremiah: Theory, Elaboration, and Applications, (doctoral dissertation, 1993)
Edited books
  • Yoram Hazony and Dru Johnson, eds., The Question of God's Perfection (Leiden: Brill, 2018).
  • Introduction to Aaron Wildavsky, Moses as Political Leader (Jerusalem: Shalem Press, 2005).
  • David Hazony, Yoram Hazony, and Michael Oren, eds., New Essays on Zionism, (Jerusalem: Shalem Press, 2006).
Translated books
  • Iddo Netanyahu, Yoni's Last Battle: the Rescue at Entebbe, 1976, Yoram Hazony, trans. (Jerusalem: Gefen, 2001).
  • An Imperfect God, New York Times, 25 November 2012.[10]
  • Nationalism Has Gotten a Bad Reputation. But It’s What America Needs Right Now, Time, 23 October 2018.[11]


  1. ^ "The Herzl Institute – Machon Herzl -".
  2. ^ "Yoram Hazony - The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture".
  3. ^ Dietze, Jane (October 5, 1984). "New campus conservative journal strives for intellectual approach". The Daily Princetonian. 108 (90).
  4. ^ "Yoram Hazony - Gericke on Bible and Philosophy". 7 November 2013.
  5. ^ Hazony, Yoram (2017). "Is Classical Liberalism Conservative?".
  6. ^ Hazony, Yoram. "What Is Conservatism?".
  7. ^ "About me".
  8. ^ "In Defense of Nations | National Review". National Review. 2018-09-13. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  9. ^ Hazony, Yoram (2014). "Open Orthodoxy". I’ve been in that room many times in my life. Too many times. And by now I know it quite well. It’s a room in which there is a single, politically correct point of view that everyone is expected to express. A room in which those who toe the party line are praised over and over for being enlightened, fearless, and committed to the search for truth, while anyone who raises a doubt is greeted with anger and ridicule. A room in which those who might have disagreed or asked a tough question make a quick calculation that it’s just not worth being publicly embarrassed over it and retreat into silence, or else adjust their views to fit in. A room that is said to be set upon by enemies from the outside, enemies who are invariably lacking in any capacity for intelligent thought, who have no good points of their own to make, who in fact possess no recognizable virtues at all. In other words, it is a room in which the persuaded are lavishly rewarded for being persuaded, the undecided are relentlessly pressed to choose the right side or face the consequences, and skeptics—unless they are in the mood for a serious bruising—are made to shut up.
  10. ^ Hazony, Yoram. "An Imperfect God".
  11. ^ Hazony, Yoram. "Nationalism Has Gotten a Bad Reputation. But It's What America Needs Right Now".

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