Yael Unterman was born in Jerusalem, Israel.

She grew up in Manchester, England, and returned to Israel at the age of 18. In addition to spending several years on advanced Torah studies, she earned a BA in Psychology/Talmud (Bar-Ilan University), and Masters degrees in Jewish History (Touro College) and Creative Writing (Bar-Ilan University).

 The many hats she wears include:

  • Poet
  • Author
  • Actress
  • Life Coach
  • Teacher & Lecturer
  • Translator & Editor                                                                
  • Bibliodrama Facilitator

Her first book is Nehama Leibowitz: Teacher and Bible Scholar (Urim Publications), a biography of the legendary Torah teacher. Finalist in the 2009 National Jewish Book Awards, Modern Jewish Thought category. 

Her second book The Hidden of Things: Twelve Stories of Love & Longing (Yotzeret Publishing) is a collection of fictional tales of young Jews searching for love, spiritual connection and identity. Finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards, Religious Fiction category. (Free stories online: Ged and God and Glove.)

Yael lectures regularly around the world. Go to her lectures page to see some of what's on offer.
Recent testimonial (Dec 2018, South Hampstead Synagogue, London): 

It was such a pleasure and privilege to have you as Scholar in Residence this Shabbat. Your topics were fresh and original and you really brought them to life. ... Wow! We were all riveted - I only wish I had notes to refer back to so I could keep hold of the details. 

 

UPDATES: 

# Moshe Unburdens Himself - a post on the 929 project.

# רות שדרשה  a modern Midrash on Ruth, and two others, published in Dirshuni Volume II (Hebrew).

# Times of Israel Blog Posts and articles in The Lehrhaus.

Latest Torah blog posts.

# Article on Nehama Leibowitz in Torah and Western Thought published by YU's Straus Center.  Here's a video of a talk from a book launch evening, Nov 27th, 2016 in Jerusalem: