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Academic Faculty



 

Rav Dr. Michael Abraham

Rav Dr. Michael Abraham earned a Ph.D. in physics and did a post-doctorate in Bar Ilan University and the Weizmann Institute. Rav Abraham served as Ram Gemarah in the Yerucham Hesder Yeshiva. He is now teaching at the Institute for Advanced Torah Studies at Bar Ilan University.

   

Dr. Orit Avnery 

Dr. Orit Avnery is a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute and a lecturer in Bible at Shalem College and at a number of Batei Midrash and institutions for teachers of Tanakh and the general public. She has a B.Sc. and an M.A. from the Hebrew University and a Ph.D. in Bible Studies from Bar Ilan University. She is a lecturer at Matan and was also a student at Matan. Her most recent book is entitled Belonging and Identity in the Books of Ruth and Esther.  

   

Nechama Goldman Barash

Nechama Goldman Barash studied for three years in Matan’s Advanced Talmud Institute and received her M.A. from Bar Ilan University. For many years she has taught classes in Halakha and Rabbinic thought in Matan and other learning institutions. She is also a Yoetzet Halakha. Nechama is currently studying in Matan's Advanced Halakha (Hilkhata) Program.

   

Rivka Bash

Rivka Bash is a lecturer at Matan. She earned an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University. Her area of interest is Medieval Commentary. Rivka is a graduate of Matan's Bible and Biblical Exegesis Program.

   

 

Rav Yitzchak Bazak

Rav Yitzchak Bazak is a lecturer at Matan. He received Rabbinic ordination from the Rabbanut Harashit L'Yisrael and Gra Veldinberg.  "Rav Tzachi" teaches Torah Shebe'al Peh, exploring topics in the Talmud including opinions of the Rishonim through modern day Halakhic applications.  He also serves as head of the Kollel Halakha at Yeshivat Tekoa.
   

 

Dr. Navah Cohen 

Dr. Navah Cohen Is a lecturer in Tanakh and Midrash and the head of Matan Al HaPerek.  She specializes in Biblical poetry and Wisdom Books.  Nava has a Ph.D. in Tanakh from Bar Ilan University and she is a graduate of the Bible and Biblical Interpretations Program at Matan.  Navah is a published author.

   

Yardena Cope-Yosef 

Yardena Cope-Yosef has a B.A. in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  She teaches Talmud and Jewish Law, and founded the non-profit organization Mifnim - dedicated to finding solutions to contradictions between Jewish and civil law.  Yardena is a graduate of Matan programs and the Yoetzet Halacha program at Nishmat.  She is a member of the editorial board of Massechet and has published articles in Matan's Bat Mitzvah book, Kolech, and Torah of the Mothers.

   

Dr. Tehilla Elitzur 

Dr. Tehilla Elitzur has a Ph.D. in Talmud from Ben Gurion University with a specialty in the Responsa literature.  She teaches Talmud in the Petichta Program at Matan and she is a lecturer at Michlelet Herzog.  

   

 

Rav Daniel Epstein 

Rav Daniel Epstein teaches in Matan's Ayanot program. He received Rabbinic ordination from the
Harry Fischel Institute for Talmudic Research and earned an M.A. from the University of Strasbourg, France. His interests include Jewish and general philosophy, Judaism in the modern era, and Biblical interpretation. Rav Epstein also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum and at the Tel Aviv University Institute of Psychology.  Rav Epstein has written books and articles on Emmanuel Levinas, as well as other topics in philosophy and Judaism.

   

 

Rav Dr. Uzi Fuchs

Rav Dr. Uzi Fuchs is a lecturer at Matan. He earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, specializing in Babylonian Talmud and the period of the Geonim.  Rav Fuchs teaches in the Advanced Talmud Program at Bar Ilan University and serves as director of the Torah SheBe'al Peh department at Herzog College.

   

Rav Avia Hachoen

Rav Avia Hacohen is a lecturer in the Matan Ayanot Program. He earned an M.A. in Bible and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Rav Cohen teaches Talmud, Tanakh and Chassidut at Matan and other advanced academic institutions.

   

 

Rav Ariel Holland  

Rav Ariel Holland is the Rav of Matan's Advanced Halakha (Hilkhata) Program. He teaches Talmud and Jewish Law at Matan and at Yeshivat Tekoa. He also holds a senior position and lectures at the Steinsaltz Institute in Jerusalem. 

   
 

Rav Mark Kujawsky 

Rav Mark Kujawky is a lecturer at Matan. He received Rabbinic ordination at the Brisk Yeshiva.  He teaches Jewish Thought, Jewish Law, and Kabbalah at Matan and Mercaz Yair, and is an editor and director of several French television programs and films.

   

Dr. Bryna Jocheved Levy

Dr. Bryna Levy is founder and former longtime director of the Bible and Biblical Exegesis program at Matan. She earned a Ph.D. in Bible from Yeshiva University.  She has lectured on the Bible and Medieval Exegesis in Israel, Europe, and North America. She has created four "Torah artistry" websites which serve as creative educational tools for learning and teaching the Tanakh.  Her book Waiting for Rain: Reflections at the Turning of the Year was published in 2008.

   

 

Shulie Mishkin  

Shulie Mishkin has an M.A. in Jewish History from Columbia University.  Shulie is a licensed tour guide and a lecturer at Matan teaching several classes, including learning and touring courses.

   

Surale Rosen

Surale Rosen has a B.A. in English Literature and Talmud from Bar Ilan University and is in the process of completing her M.A. in English Literature at Hebrew University. She is also a certified To'enet Rabbanit (Rabbinic Pleader). Surale has spent six years at Matan. The last two years she served as the head of the Advanced Talmud Program  Metivta and as a teacher in other Matan programs, including Daf Yomi.

 

Rav Dr. Mordechai Sabato  

Rav Dr. Mordechai Sabato is a lecturer at Matan. He earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Dr. Sabato teaches in the Matan Bible and Biblical Interpretation program.  His areas of interests include the evolution and editing of the Talmud, and literary analysis of the Bible.  He is also a lecturer in Talmud at Bar Ilan University. 

   

Yael Shlosberg

Yael Shlosberg is a lecturer at Matan. She holds an M.A. in Jewish History and Thought from Touro College.  She teaches Tanakh and Midrash in classes for the general public at Matan.

   
 

Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel

Rachelle Sprecher Fraenkel was in the first graduating class of Matan's Advanced Talmud Institute. She is the head of the new Advanced Halakha (Hilkhata) Program at Matan. Rachelle teaches Talmud and Halakha at Matan, and she has been working as a Yoetzet Halakha (Halakhic Advisor) for close to 10 years.

   

 

Adina Sternberg

Adina Sternberg is a lecturer at Matan. She has an M.A. in Talmud from Bar Ilan University.  Adina teaches in Matan's Advanced Talmud Program (Metivta), and is a lecturer at seminars and other special programs. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Talmud department at Bar Ilan University.

   

Shani Taragin 

Shani Taragin is a lecturer at Matan. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Tanakh and Talmud from Bar Ilan University and she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Tanakh.  Shani teaches Tanakh and Jewish Law at Matan and serves as a Ram Tanakh in Midreshet Lindenbaum. She also teaches at Migdal Oz, Shalavim for Women, Lander's College and the Women's Beit Midrash in Efrat and Ramat Shilo.  Shani is a Yoetzet Halakha (Halakhic Advisor) and she serves on the local religious council dealing with issues of Jewish law and education.

   

 

Rav Shmuel Uziel

Rav Shmuel Uziel is a lecturer in Jewish Thought at Matan. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Jewish Philosophy at Strasbourg University.  

   
  Yosefa Wruble

Yosefa Wruble has a B.A. from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University in Judaic Studies and creative writing.  She pursued a teaching degree in Tanakh from Herzog College and she graduated from Matan's Tanakh Scholars' Program while simultaneously completing her M.A. in Bible at Bar Ilan University.  Yosefa is currently working on her doctorate in Tanakh at Bar Ilan as a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship. 

   

 

Rivka Yaakobov

Rivka Yaakobov is the head of the Petichta and Tzerufim Programs at Matan.  She teaches Jewish Thought in Modern Times in the wider community, including Torat Harav Kook and the writings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslav.  Rivka graduated from the Program in Jewish Thought at Matan.  She has a B.A. in Tanakh and Jewish Thought from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. in Jewish History and Jewish Thought from Touro College.  

   

Dr. Yael Ziegler 

Dr.
Yael Ziegler is a lecturer at Matan. She earned her Ph.D. in Bible from Bar Ilan University.  Dr. Ziegler teaches in the Matan Bible and Biblical Interpretation Program and at seminars and special programs at Matan.  She also teaches in Migdal Oz, Midreshet Moriah, and Herzog College.

   

Dr. Aviva Gottleib-Zornberg 

 Dr. Aviva Gottleib-Zornberg is a lecturer at Matan. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cambridge University.  Dr. Zornberg teaches Parshat HaShavua. She is an internationally sought after Bible teacher, and has published three well acclaimed books, Genesis: The Beginning of Desire, The Particulars of Rapture, and The Murmuring Deep: Reflections on the Biblical Unconscious.  She has taught Bible for the past 25 years at Matan, Pardes Institute and the Jerusalem College for Adults.  Dr. Zornberg also holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic subjects.

   








 
 
 
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