Micah Goodman Israeli author and philosopher


Dr. Micah Goodman is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is a leading voice on Judaism, Zionism, the Bible, and the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and contemporary world Jewry.

Dr. Goodman is the author of several Israeli bestsellers - most recently The Wondering Jew (Yale University Press, November 2020), which explores the roots of the divide between religion and secularism in Israel today, and offers a path to bridging the divide. 

He has also authored a number of pieces on canonical Jewish texts: Moses’s Final Speech, The Dream of the Kuzari, and The Secrets of the Guide for the Perplexed, all published in Hebrew by Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir. His 2017 book, Catch ’67, also rose to the best-seller lists and prompted many discussions about the ramifications of the Six Day War at its 50th anniversary.  Maimonides and the Book that Changed Judaism, was published by JPS and the University of Nebraska Press in 2015.

Dr. Goodman was one of two recipients of the Marc and Henia Liebhaber Prize for Religious Tolerance in 2014, along with leading Israeli musician Ehud Banai.

Dr. Goodman directs Beit Midrash Yisraeli – Ein Prat, Israel’s leading pluralistic Beit Midrash for young adults. With several thousand alumni and some 300 new students each year, Ein Prat strengthens the pluralistic Jewish character of Israel, nurtures connections between Israelis of different backgrounds, and builds a bridge between Israeli young adults and their Diaspora peers.

In addition, Micah is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. He is the author of several Israeli bestsellers on canonical Jewish texts: most recently, "Moses’s Final."