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Published on October 16th, 2017 | by Organic Torah


Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D.


Natan Margalit is a rabbi and scholar with 30 years of experience in teaching,writing, organizing and congregational leadership. Raised in Honolulu, as a young adult he spent 12 years in Israel where he received rabbinic ordination. He returned to the U.S. and earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at U.C. Berkeley with focus areas in Talmud, Literary Theory, and Anthropology. He has taught at Bard College, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Hebrew College Rabbinical School, and now is chair of the Rabbinic Texts Department at the Aleph Ordination Program. He is also Director of the Earth-Based Judaism track of the A.O.P., and is founder of the non-profit Organic Torah. He is the author of The Pearl and the Flame: A Journey into Jewish Wisdom and Ecological Thinking (Albion Andalus, 2022). He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.

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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

    “Loved Natan's class and his deep understanding of Torah mixed with contemporary environmental texts.“
    -- Kyle, Urban Adamah Participant, Summer 2017

    “This class was mind-blowing. Rabbi Natan and his project are wonderful resources for me to know about. My mind reeled during and after this class.“
    -- Tamar, Urban Adamah Participant, Summer 2017