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Rabbi Dr Michael Harris was born in London in 1964. He studied at three yeshivot in Israel: Ma'ale Adumim, Machon Harry Fischel and Yeshivat HaMivtar in Efrat. He holds semicha (rabbinic ordination) from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from other prominent Israeli rabbis.
Rabbi Harris obtained his first degree in philosophy from Cambridge University, subsequently going on to receive a Masters in the same subject from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2001 he received his Ph.D in philosophy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His first book, Divine Command Ethics: Jewish and Christian Perspectives was published in 2003 by Taylor and Francis Books. He recently co-edited, with Daniel Rynhold and Tamra Wright, Radical Responsibility: Celebrating the Thought of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks (Maggid Books 2012).
Rabbi Harris became Rabbi of the Hampstead Synagogue in 1995, having previously served as Rabbi of the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation for three years. His first full-time communal position was as Education Officer of the Union of Jewish Students in 1986-87.
Rabbi Harris is a regular speaker at the annual Limmud Conference and has lectured in many synagogues and other venues within the UK Jewish community.