Charles Krauthammer – you know him as the acerbic, neoconservative, pro-Israel columnist for the Washington Post and other newspapers – has another side. According to this interview in the Jerusalem Post, he and his wife have “started to try to revive and preserve Jewish music that has been lost to the masses” with a program called “Pro Musica Hebraica.”
In the course of a lengthy interview, which traced his Orthodox childhood, Krauthammer mentioned Rabbi Prof. David Hartman, and how he had an early and lasting influence on him:
Rabbi David Hartman, who runs the Hartman Institute [in Jerusalem], was actually at McGill the years I was a student there, and I took his courses on Maimonides. That had a big influence on me in the sense that I was going away from my Jewish upbringing, thinking of it as narrow and parochial, and when I was introduced to Maimonides, it was just sort of at the highest level of world philosophy, Aristotelian philosophy applied to Judaism. I realized that Jewish culture was not just not a Sunday afternoon lecture. It belonged with a great secular culture that I admired as a student. So that kind of reinforced my Jewishness even as I became irreligious.