David Hartman was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, New York and attended Yeshiva Chaim Berlin and the Lubavitcher Yeshiva. He studied with Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik at Yeshiva University`s Rabbi Isaac Elhanan Theological Seminary, where he received his rabbinic ordination. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from McGill University. Emigrating to Israel in 1971, Dr. Hartman was the founder of the Shalom Hartman Institute, and is a personal advisor to the director-general of the Ministry of Education. He is the co-author, along with Abraham S. Halkin, of Crisis and Leadership: Epistles of Maimonides.