Dr. Shimon Vaknin

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About Dr. Shimon Vaknin

Dr. Shimon Vaknin is a renown Israeli Bible scholar and educator. Shimon was born and raised in a traditional Jewish Moroccan family in Beer Sheva. After attending yeshiva high school, Shimon served as an officer in the IDF Nahal Brigade. Shimon received a B.A. in Jewish Thought and Ph.D. in Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with a focus on the judicial system of Ancient Israel. Shimon has taught bible for over ten years - in Israeli secular public schools, Ben Gurion University, Achva College and Kaye College and now the BINA Secular Yeshiva. Shimon also participated in a special multi-year national project researching ancient prayer, under the auspices of Professor Uri Ehrlich. Today Dr. Vaknin heads the BINA Secular Yeshiva in Beer Sheva, teaches at Kaye College, serves as current chair of the Negev Forum for Jewish Pluralism, and is active in numerous religious, secular and pluralistic communities in Beer Sheva. He lives in Beer Sheva with his wife and two children.