About Rabbi Motty Berger

Rabbi Motty Berger has been a senior lecturer on Jewish philosophy and contemporary Jewish issues for Aish HaTorah College of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem for over three decades.

Rabbi Berger was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and lived for 17 years in Baltimore before moving to Israel with his family in 1985.  He received his Semicha (Rabbinical ordination) from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, as well as a B.A. from the Loyola University of Baltimore.

Rabbi Berger has spoken to a wide range of audiences in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, South America, South Africa, and Australia.  He is frequently invited to address students at yeshivot and seminaries in Israel, and has been the featured speaker at many Shabbatonim sponsored by synagogues and Jewish educational and outreach institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

Rabbi Berger speaks on a broad range of topics, from theoretical Jewish philosophy to the practical, present-day concerns of contemporary Jewish life.  He is much admired for his ability to make Jewish ideas and philosophy both understandable and relevant to modern Jews of all backgrounds. Some of his lectures can be heard by logging onto

Topics of expertise:

*       Truth:  What’s in it For Me?

*       What Difference Does G-D Make: To you as an individual, To you as a Jew, To you as part of humanity

*       What Do We Mean by G-D?

*       Forget about G-D!!  Who Am I?”

*       What do we mean by Torah?

               *       Torah as the Ultimate Relationship Manual:  A Blueprint for Mitzvot
               *       THE MATRIX:  When Art REALLY Imitates Life!
               *       Free Will:  The Mechanics

               *       Reward and Punishment in the Context of a Relationship
               *       Moral Relativism: What Makes Something Good or Evil?
               *       Suffering: Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?
               *       Anti-Semitism: Why the Jews?
               *       The Seven Wonders of Jewish History
               *       Pluralism in Jewish History:  Is There More Than One Way To Be A  “Good Jew”?
               *       Who is a Jew?:  A Halachic and Historical Analysis

               *       The Messianic Concept: Who, What, When and Why?
               *       The Messianic Concept and the Middle East
               *       Pleasure and Truth: What is the Relationship?
               *       Is Being “Modern” Still in Style?
               *       Who ARE you: Body or Soul?  Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden
               *       Being Modern or Being Radical:  What is the Jewish Imperative?
               *       The Fine Art of Selfishness

               *       Prayer:  Communication as the Essence of a Relationship