Rabbi Jacob Immanuel Schochet (1935-2013), an acknowledged authority on Jewish Philosophy and Mysticism, is author of more than a dozen books and numerous articles. A renowned lecturer on Jewish thought, ethics and social issues, Dr. Schochet was a congregational rabbi and a university professor of Philosophy at Humber College, in Toronto, Canada.
Michael Kigel received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto for his dissertation on the Book of Job, after a specialization in 20th-century French and German thought. In Canada he taught in the departments of philosophy and of Jewish studies at the universities of York, Queen’s and Waterloo. He produced Passages and Messages for eleven seasons on Canadian television (CTS). Until this year he held the Rohr Chair of Jewish Studies at the Lauder Business School in Vienna, where he taught Torah, European ethics and political economy. He has translated a number of books and published various articles in Jewish thought. Michael and his family have recently made aliyah, and now live in Jerusalem.