After graduating Yeshiva University with a BA in English Literature, Rav Jonathan Bailey studied for five years in Yeshivat Hamivtar, under Ravs Riskin and Brovender. He received his smicha from Hamivtar and Rav Zalman Nechemiya Goldberg in 2001, and in 2002 returned to the States to teach at Yeshivat Rambam High School in Baltimore, Maryland, where he also joined the Torah Mi’Tzion Kollel and taught adult education classes in the community. He made Aliya in 2006, continuing his teaching in multiple institutions, including Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi, Midreshet Lindenbaum, Midreshet Emunah V’Omanut and Midreshet Harova. Rav Bailey has worked full-time at Midreshet Harova since 2014, teaching a myriad of classes including Gemara, Chumash, Pirkei Avot, Contemporary Halakhah and a course in comparative literature. He lives in Yerushalayim with his wife and two children.

Rav Bailey’s teaching style focuses on challenging his students to think and self-discover, two ingredients he believes are vital to creating a true love of and dedication to Torah, its values, and its continued meaningfulness in their lives. Inspired by his background in English Literature, Rav Bailey’s primary method of study is close textual analysis, encouraging his students to consider each word of a primary text so as to discover and understand its deepest meaning. 

Field / Profession: Educator

Educator at: Midrasha

Speaking Topics: Torah, Eretz Yisrael, Inspirational

Sample Topics - General:
One of my unique fortes is to synthesize the study of Biblical texts and ideas in Judaism with English and American literature. Elucidating the one with the other.
For example, understanding the tragic episode of the Egel HaZahav through the help of Shakespeare and Keats; and explaining the concept of Techiyat HaMeitim through Wordsworth and Donne.

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Languages: English

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