Dr. Tomer Persico is a Research Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, has taught for the last eight years at the Department for Comparative Religion in Tel-Aviv University, and is now teaching at UC Berkeley. His fields of study are contemporary spirituality, Jewish Renewal, Forms of secularization and trends of secularization and religiosity in Israel.

His book, The Jewish Meditative Tradition, dealing with techniques of meditation in the Jewish tradition and analyzing the cultural transformations leading to shifts in spiritual emphasis through the generations, was published by Tel Aviv University Press in 2016. He is an activist for freedom of religion in Israel, writes the most popular blog in Hebrew on religion, and has written hundreds of articles on these subjects for the popular media. Currently he is the The Koret Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies, Dept. of Near Eastern Studies, Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies, Center for Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley, and the Shalom Hartman Institute Bay Area Scholar in Residence.

Persico is a social activist for freedom of religion in Israel. He has contributed numerous articles to newspapers and periodicals in Israel, and writes the most popular blog in Hebrew on these subjects. Here is an interview with him English about his work.

This blog will present a few of his Hebrew articles, translated into English. His main blog, at tomerpersico.com is the most popular blog in Hebrew on religion and spirituality.

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Tomer Persico

“The blog of one of the conference participants, Tomer Persico, has made him one of the most consistently interesting observers of Israeli religious life.”

Yehudah Mirsky, "Aquarius in Zion", Jewish Ideas Daily, 17.5.12

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