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Daniel Hershkowitz

Daniel Hershkowitz
הרב פרופ' דניאל הרשקוביץ (23685465854) (cropped).jpg
Date of birth (1953-01-02) 2 January 1953 (age 66)
Place of birthHaifa, Israel
Faction represented in Knesset
2009–2013The Jewish Home
Ministerial roles
2009–2013Minister of Science & Technology

Daniel Hershkowitz (Hebrew: דניאל הרשקוביץ; born 2 January 1953 in Haifa, Israel) is an Israeli politician, mathematician, and rabbi. He previously served as a professor of mathematics at the Technion, and is also rabbi of the Ahuza neighborhood in Haifa. He was appointed president of Bar-Ilan University in 2013.[1][2]

Early life

Hershkowitz was born in Haifa. His parents were Holocaust survivors from Hungary, and his father was wounded in the Israeli War of Independence. Hershkowitz studied at a religious high school, and graduated at age 16. He served for five years in the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, reaching the rank of Major.

Hershkowitz earned his BSc in mathematics in 1973, MSc in 1976, and DSc in 1982, all from the Technion. His yeshiva studies were conducted at Mercaz HaRav; he received his Semikha (ordination) in 1995 from Rabbis She'ar Yashuv Cohen, Shlomo Chelouche, and Nehemyah Roth, as well as an additional ordination "Rabbi of the City" from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel (2001).[3]


He has published over 80 mathematics articles in academic journals. He was President of the International Linear Algebra Society[4] (2002-2008[5]), and was previously a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1][3] In 1982, he was awarded the Landau Research Prize in Mathematics; in 1990, the New England Academic Award for Excellence in Research; in 1990, the Technion's Award for Excellence in Teaching; and in 1991, the Henri Gutwirth Award for Promotion of Research.[1]

Political career

In 2009, he was elected to the Knesset as the leader of the Jewish Home, and was appointed Minister of Science and Technology after joining Benjamin Netanyahu's government.[1][6][7] He did not contest the 2013 elections, and subsequently left the Knesset.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Position established
Leader of the Jewish Home
Succeeded by
Naftali Bennett