Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, PhD, is the founder and spiritual director of Or HaLev: A Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation and the founding Rosh Yeshiva of Romemu Yeshiva, a new contemplative yeshiva that combines study and practice. He has taught Jewish thought, mysticism, spiritual practices, and meditation at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, at Haifa University, and at Yeshivat Hadar as well as in a variety of other settings around the world.