An Israeli-American Jewish philosopher and one of the Jerusalem Post’s 50 most influential Jews in 2017, Micah Goodman is a leading voice on Judaism, Zionism, the Bible, and the challenges and opportunities facing Israel and contemporary world Jewry.
Goodman is the author of four Israeli bestsellers. His latest book, Catch-67: The Left, The Right and The Legacy of the Six Day War, will be published by Yale University Press in August 2018. The book was published in Hebrew in March 2017 under the name Catch 67: The Ideas Underlying the Conflict Tearing Israel Apart by Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir and topped the country’s bestsellers lists within a week of its release. Taking a new approach to exploring and analyzing Israel’s longest standing and most painful national controversy, Catch 67 has been discussed in the offices and corridors serving Israel’s political and military elite and its opinion-shapers, and on the country’s leading news sites. Goodman’s previous books, published in 2014, 2012 and 2011 by Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir, all ranked at the top of Israel’s bestsellers lists for numerous consecutive weeks, and earned endorsements by the likes of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and former Israeli president Shimon Peres.
Goodman directs Beit Midrash Yisraeli – Ein Prat, Israel's leading Zionist Beit Midrash for young adults. With more than 2,500 alumni and some 250 new students each year, Ein Prat strengthens the Jewish character of Israel’s young creative class and fosters a new Israeli mainstream of thoughtful, engaged and connected young adults.
In 2014 Goodman became one of two recipients of the Marc and Henia Liebhaber Prize for Religious Tolerance for his work and writings. Goodman lectures regularly overseas and at Israel’s leading universities, think tanks, and cultural venues to audiences that include Israel’s political and national leaders. Among other venues, in the past year he has lectured and taught at the Knesset, the official residence of Israel’s Prime Minister, and the official residence of Israel’s President.
Goodman has a doctorate in Jewish Thought from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and teaches at his alma mater. He is a member of the Global Forum of the National Library of Israel and a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.