Leora Balinsky

Hi! My name is Leora, and I love Jewish learning and living. I was born and raised in a small, out-of-the-box community in Evanston, Illinois, and I spent two years after high school studying in the Migdal Oz Beit Midrash, and after that I studied Philosophy at Barnard College. After college, I moved to the Holy Land, where I learned Torah at Yeshivat Drisha while pursuing an MSW at Tel Aviv University.

I currently live in Jerusalem with my husband Sam and our son Boaz. I spend my days teaching Talmud and serving as the Mashgicha Ruchanit at Midreshet Amudim. I feel most at home in Torah that speaks to the infinite worth of every life and of the bidirectional relationship we have to the Infinite One. I feel most connected to my Creator in singing community.

My main hobby is spending Fridays cooking ambitiously elaborate Shabbat meals at an overly casual pace, making a big mess in the kitchen, rushing in the last hour before sunset, and then telling myself that I’ll start earlier and finish earlier next week.

Leora Balinsky Favorite Subjects


Jewish Calendar

Jewish Law (Halakha)





Rabbinical Literature




The Structure of Jewish Texts

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