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Published on August 21st, 2017 | by Organic Torah


Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D.

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT, PRINCIPAL TEACHER–Natan Margalit was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He received rabbinic ordination at The Jerusalem Seminary in 1990 and earned a Ph.D. in Talmud from U.C. Berkeley in 2001.  He has taught at Bard College, the Reconstuctionist Rabbinical College and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. Natan is Rabbi of The Greater Washington Coalition for Jewish Life, in Connecticut.  He is Founder and President of Organic Torah Institute, a non-profit organization which fosters holistic thinking about Judaism, environment and society. (  He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Ilana and their two sons.


Organic Torah: Jewish Wisdom for Climate, Environmental and Food Justice – co-sponsored by JCAN (Jewish Climate Action Network), six class series, Open Circle Jewish Learning class, CJP and Hebrew College, 2017

Three Bridges from Ancient Wisdom to Modern Science – sermon at First Parish Church, Beverly, MA 2017

Deep Spiritual Psychology: Finding Our True Selves with the Torah of the Ishbitzer – Online course through, 2016

Food and Faith: Ancient Laws and Traditions, Modern Concerns and Applications – Wildacres Interfaith Institute, Wildacres Retreat Center, Little Switzerland, North Carolina, August, 2016

Why Bother? Climate Change and Jewish Action  – Temple Reyim, Newton, MA, Spring, 2016

Organic Torah: Spirit, Systems and Sustainability — Keenan Lecture, Spalding University, Spring, 2015

Mishnah Ketubbot: Marriage, Money and Gender – semester course through Kevah: Jewish Learning Groups, Cambridge, MA, 2015

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    “Rabbi Margalit is a phenomenal teacher and speaker - he is a darshan, magid and rebbe at all once. He brings a deep and genuine love for Jewish text, and blends it with the richness of our Hasidic story telling tradition. He is a truly magnetic speaker, capturing our hearts and minds with his accessible style and deep wisdom.”
    --Rabbi Daniel Berman, Temple Reyim, Newton, MA

    “Natan has a rare gift as a teacher. While incredibly knowledgeable, he is also humble enough to welcome everyone’s thoughts and ideas into the discussion. Natan’s students not only feel like they have learned something, but they feel like they have learned something that enriches their lives. “
    -- Dena Glasgow-Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development, Adult Learning, Hebrew College

    “Rabbi Margalit spoke to Spalding University and the greater Louisville community on the contemporary need to shift away from a reductionist perspective, often presented by science, to a more holistic, integrated, and spiritual approach to understanding humans in relation to the planet. His presentation was beautifully constructed and visually engaging, reflecting his depth of research and personal investment in the topic. I gained a new perspective on the dynamism of the Torah and Talmud and was fascinated by the connections that Natan made to contemporary thinkers on environmental issues.”
    -- Dorina Miller Parmenter, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Spalding University

    “Natan has led our group of women on a fascinating journey through a wide range of texts and times exploring women in Judaism. His deep knowledge, enthusiasm for his subject, and insightful presentation are an inspiring combination. We'll be back for more!”
    --Dru Greenwood, coordinator, Kevah Learning Group, “T.I. Chai” – Temple Israel, Brookline, MA

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