A little bit about my professional background:
I have an undergraduate honours degree (BA) in International Relations from The London School of Economics and a post-graduate degree (MA) in Jewish Studies and Philosophy from The London University, UK. I am currently pursuing doctoral studies in Jewish Philosophy at The University of Bar Ilan, Israel. I am a graduate of Matan’s Ayanot Scholars Program in Raanana, Israel. I was an International Visiting Fellow at the London School of Jewish Studies and the Kinloss Kollel, both in London, UK. At present I teach courses in Jewish Philosophy and Tanach for Matan in Raanana, Zichron Yaakov, Chashmonaim and Tel Mond as well as giving lectures in Tel Aviv and other places around Israel.
A little bit about me personally and this Blog:
My husband Ian and I moved to Israel thirteen years ago from London. We live in a Moshav and have four inquisitive and vivacious daughters. Being a mother, living in this incredible land, reading as much as time allows, teaching, learning and living with all its ups and downs have enriched and changed the way I look at reality. I am frequently amazed how life provides a tapestry of experiences and ideas that when strung together create a complex web of unique, beautiful and at times difficult beauty. This tapestry often results in the formation of ideas and reflections that I have integrated into my classes over the years.
This blog is a tentative attempt at expressing these ideas. My search is for an authentic and honest approach to Torah that can be combined with the important issues and dilemmas that arise in Jewish Philosophy and modern thought and the personal and national search we are all engaged in. It has been cathartic, enlightening, frustrating and redeeming to finally put pen to paper, or more accurately fingertips to keypad. I hope that you will enjoy the blog and I encourage any feedback both positive and positively critical! Happy reading, thinking and above all questioning.