Dr. Tomer Persico is a Research Fellow and Scholar in Residence of the Shalom Hartman Institute based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies at U.C. Berkeley, where he is also a Senior Research Scholar in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Dr. Persico is a social activist advocating for freedom of religion in Israel. A leading thinker about secularization, Jewish Renewal and forms of contemporary spirituality, Persico writes the most popular blog in Hebrew on these subjects and has published articles in the Washington Post and Haaretz (English) as well as numerous other Israeli newspapers and periodicals.
He is a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, and formerly taught in the department of Comparative Religion at Tel Aviv University.
Read this interview with Dr. Persico about his work. He is also the author of The Jewish Meditative Tradition (Hebrew , Tel Aviv University Press, 2016), a critically acclaimed book about the cultural history of Jewish meditation. His second book, about the way the idea of the Image of God influenced modern Western civilization, will be published this summer by Yedioth books.