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Rabbi Hartman has such diverse views on a wide range of topics. He touches many times on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and I think being that he has lived in Israel for many years now, it is clearly an extremely personal matter close to his heart. It seems that some comments made show maybe at one time he was more angry about the issue. He talks about how in the morning, he hated Palestinians, but that he calmed down throughout the day and no longer felt that way. Overall, though, I sensed he was weary of the turmoil and wanted peace, not only for his people but those on the other side as well.

I sense that the rabbi has an extreme love for his people and the religion that they practiced. He spoke of the current reality that we all live in and how traditional, orthodox Judaism (and the rabbis that practice it) many times do not have the answers that it's followers seek and perhaps is out of touch with it's people and the problems they face in today's world. He touches on the fact that if you have a history and roots you therefore have an identity, and this allows you to feel secure enough to branch out and hear other's history and what their roots and identities are.

One last thing that stuck with me was his denouncement of laws that had no basis in religious morals or God. I think this is something that works in a country with a nationally declared religion, but in a place like the United States it isn't practical.