For a quarter of a century, Shalem College Press has enabled an unfiltered encounter between the Israeli public and the monumental ideas of the West.

With nearly 100 titles and more than 150,000 copies sold, Shalem College Press has profoundly enriched Israel’s intellectual discourse and fueled meaningful scholarly debates. And with a growing number of volumes now included in Israeli university syllabi, the Press has the potential to engage and inspire Israelis for generations to come.

Series that Shape the Discourse

By translating both the classic texts of Western civilization and important contemporary works of political, social, and Jewish thought into Hebrew for the first time, Shalem College Press offers all Israeli readers an opportunity to engage with the ideas that have shaped their identities, their country, and the world at large.

The Leviathan Series

The Federalist Papers

Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay

Together with the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, these foundational essays remain the primary source of American political thought and the basis for history’s strongest and most durable democracy.

A Treatise of Human Nature

David Hume

The most comprehensive work on human nature ever written, Hume’s classic of the Age of the Enlightenment has become a cornerstone of philosophical thought in the fields of epistemology, psychology, and religion.

Reflections on the Revolution in France

Edmund Burke

One of the best-known intellectual attacks against the French Revolution, Burke’s political pamphlet is a defining tract of modern conservatism and key contribution to the theories of international relations.

The Democratic Thought Series

Power, Faith, and Fantasy

Michael Oren

In this best-selling history, acclaimed historian and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren explores the peculiar blend of principles and ideals that have guided, and continue to shape, America’s relationship to the Middle East.

The Great Debate

Yuval Levin

Through his acclaimed portrait of Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the origins of modern conservatism and liberalism, public intellectual Yuval Levin offers essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the basis of our political order.

The Case for Democracy

Natan Sharanksy

In his foreign policy manifesto, human rights activist, prisoner of Zion, and former Chairman of the Jewish Agency Natan Sharansky argues that democracy is within reach of any nation.

The Jewish Thought Series

Essential Essays on Judaism

Eliezer Berkovits

A collection of key essays on ethics, theology, halacha, Zionism, and the Holocaust by one of the most original Jewish thinkers of the past generation.

The Beginning of Wisdom [Hebrew]

Leon Kass

In a deliberate departure from the scholarly approach, American scientist, educator, and public intellectual Leon Kass mines the Book of Genesis for knowledge of human nature, timely political opinions and fascinating social insights.

Moses as Political Leader

Aaron Wildavsky

In his brilliant study of Moses, the giant of American political science Aaron Wildavksy brings a profound understanding of human affairs to bear on the founding of the world’s most enduring political community.

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