Natan is the author of The Pearl and the Flame: A Journey into Jewish Wisdom and Ecological Thinking. He was raised in Honolulu and lived for twelve years in Israel where he received rabbinic ordination (1990). His Ph.D. in Talmud is from U.C. Berkeley (2001). Natan has taught at Bard College, RRC and the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College. He is currently Chair of the Rabbinic Texts department in the Aleph Ordination Program and he directs the AOP’s Earth-Based Judaism Program. Natan is Founder of Organic Torah which is a program of Aleph.