Dr Tali (Naftali) Loewenthal is a Teaching Fellow lecturing in Jewish Spirituality. Born in Haifa, he was brought up in London, attending Hackney Downs School. He studied Hebrew Literature and Jewish History at University College London (1968-71), followed by a PhD on Hasidism (1981). He is the author of Communicating the Infinite: the Emergence of the Habad School (University of Chicago Press: Chicago, 1990) and many articles, both academic and popular.
Dr Loewenthal lectures part-time in the Department on topics in Jewish Spirituality such as Hasidic Prayer, Rabbinic Eschatology, Maimonides, Gender in Orthodox Judaism, and Hasidism and Modernity. This last topic has been a long-term field of his research. A forthcoming book summarizing his work in this field over the past 25 years is Hasidism beyond Modernity, Studies in Habad Thought and History, to be published by the Littman Library.
Tali Loewenthal lectures at academic conferences, in this country and abroad, and also gives regular talks on Jewish thought outside the academe. His wife Kate-Miriam is emeritus Professor of Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London, and currently teaches at New York University in London. They are both active members of the Chabad-Lubavitch educational movement and have a large family.