Advisory Board



Rabbi David Bigman has been the Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma’ale Gilboa since 1995. He was born in 1954 and studied in the Beit Midrash in Skokie, Illinois, with Rabbi Aryeh Bakst in Detroit and in Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh. He received his B.A. in economics with honors from Wayne State University. In 1976 he made aliyah and moved to Kibbutz Maale Gilboa, where he is a member to this day.  He was one of the founders of Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati laBanot (which later became Midreshet haBanot b’Ein Hanatz”iv). He is active in issues pertaining to society and halacha, including Mesuravei Get, the organization Maaglei Tzedek, and dialogue between secular and religious Israelis.


Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo is native of the Spanish-Portuguese Jewish community of Holland who holds a doctorate in philosophy, received rabbinic ordination from the Gateshead Talmudic College and studied in Israel at the Institute for Higher Rabbinical Studies of Chief Rabbi Unterman and at the Mir Yeshiva. In addition to teaching Jewish audiences, Rabbi Lopes Cardozo often lectures to non-Jewish groups, including Christian leaders, about comparative religion and the fundamentals of Judaism.

informal smiling 2Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn
is a scholar in the disciplines of Jewish philosophy, ethics and theology. His specific interests are the intersection of Halakhah and ethics, covenantal theology and Jewish-Christian relations. He received semikhah by the Israeli Rabbinate and a PhD. in moral philosophy from Columbia University. He is co-editor and contributor to “Ploughshares into Swords? Reflections on Religion and Violence” (2014). His other books include Jewish Theology and World Religions (2012), Covenant and Hope: New Frontiers in Jewish and Christian Theology (2012), and The Jewish Connection to the Land of Israel (2008), and Two Faiths, One Covenant? (2005). His essay, “Rethinking Christianity: Rabbinic Positions and Possibilities,” was published as a separate Hebrew booklet, “Ha-Natzrut b’einei Yahadut” (2013) for use in Israeli schools and by Israeli rabbis and was also translated into Italian as “Ripensare il Cristianesimo” (2014) for the Italian rabbinate and Catholic clergy. He has published over 30 scholarly essays on Jewish ethics and theology and recently contributed, “The Name of God is Peace,” an essay on Judaism and violence for Monotheisms and Violence (2013).

Vered Noam picProf. Vered Noam is professor of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, where she is the head of the Program of Jewish Philosophy, Talmud and Kabbalah in the Department of Hebrew Culture Studies. Her research interests are Rabbinic literature, the history of early halakhah; Qumran literature, and Flavius Josephus. She is Coeditor of Zion, a quarterly for research in Jewish History, and of JAJ Supplement Series.  In 2010 Vered was the recipient of the Michael Bruno Memorial Award. Publications include Megillat Ta’anit: Versions, Interpretation, History, Jerusalem: Yad Ben-Zvi Press (2003), From Qumran to the Rabbinic Revolution: Conceptions of Impurity, Yad Ben Zvi Press (2010), and  Josephus and the Rabbis (with Tal Ilan, recently submitted).

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Dr. Elliott Malamet received his doctorate in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and he taught English Literature and Jewish Studies for twenty-five years at Canadian universities. He was also the Department Head of Jewish Thought at The Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto. Dr. Malamet co-founded Torah in Motion in 2001 in Toronto. He and his family made aliyah in the summer of 2013 and currently live in Jerusalem. Dr. Malamet now teaches Jewish Philosophy at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat and is consulted internationally about Jewish education. His book, Are you a Good Person?: The Ethics of Teenagers and the Future of Morality, is currently being reviewed for publication.

Tamar Ross

Prof. Tamar Ross is a professor of Jewish Philosophy at Bar Ilan University. She has scholarly expertise in the thought of Abraham Isaac Kook, the modern Musar movement and the ideology of Mitnaggedism, and Judaism and gender. She is the author of books and articles on Jewish ethics and theology, contemporary issues in traditional Jewish thought, philosophy of halakha, and Orthodox Jewish feminism. 

Daniel_SperberRabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber is a professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and an expert in classical philology, history of Jewish customs, Jewish art history, Jewish education and Talmudic studies. He studied for rabbinical ordination at Yeshivat Kol Torah in Israel, earned a doctorate from University College, London in the departments of Ancient History and Hebrew Studies. He is currently Professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and serves as Rabbi of The Menachem Zion Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. Sperber’s publication record in Jewish studies includes Minhagei Yisrael: Origins and History on the character and evolution of Jewish customs. He won the Israel Prize in 1992.

avivahDr. Avivah Zornberg holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. She has taught English literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, but for the past thirty five years she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes and the Jerusalem College for Adults. She is the author of four books on biblical and midrashic subjects and of several essays. She holds a Visiting Lectureship at the London School of Jewish Studies. She travels widely, lecturing in Jewish, academic and psychoanalytic settings.