Rabbi David Ellenson

Rabbi David Ellenson

Rabbi David Ellenson, past president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is a member of the Operation Benjamin Board of Directors.

The Ethical Conundrum of a Jewish and Democratic State

Rabbi David Ellenson
June 8, 2021
When the State of Israel was established in 1948, its secular founders envisioned a nation that would be both Jewish and attuned to the values of liberal democracy. They were confident that a country with an overwhelming Jewish majority could maintain a Jewish character and ensure civic equality for all its inhabitants.

Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary

Rabbi David Ellenson
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Ancestors) stands out among the 63 tractates of the Mishnah as a treatise devoted to ethical exhortation and guidance. Some scholars claim it was originally a manual directed at rabbi-judges.