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Rabbi Benjamin Hecht
Rabbi Hecht is the Founding Director of NISHMA, is recognized throughout North America and Israel for his study, insights and perspectives in the fields of Torah law and ethics. He serves as the editor of NISHMA's various publications and writes prolifically on Jewish thought and its interaction with the world political scene and the human condition.

His work has been published internationally, including in The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Jewish Press and The Canadian Jewish News, and the Rabbi has a regular monthly column in the Jewish Tribune. He lectures extensively and is a sought-after opinion leader, having been a guest on Passages and other radio and television programs. Rabbi Hecht is active in Nishma's ongoing research and education projects and is about to complete a new book on Jewish identity.
In addition to his rabbinical ordination, he holds degrees in law, psychology and business. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1982. Born in Ottawa, Rabbi Hecht is joined in his work by his wife Naomi, who also writes for various Nishma publications and serves on the staff as an editor and advisor. The Hechts have four children and reside in Thornhill, Ontario.
Rabbi Hecht can be contacted for opinion and media interviews on a range of subjects pertaining to Judaism, Torah law and ethics, the world Jewish community and the State and politics of Israel. He is also available as a speaker, lecturer and moderator. Rabbi Hecht provides audiences with provocative and enlightening messages in an entertaining and educational manner.

Wayne Lacks
Mr. Lacks is NISHMA's U.S.Co-ordinator, received his B.A at Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in the Natural Sciences, and an M.S.W. from the Adelphi School of Social Work. He has been a clinical social work practitioner for over twenty years working directly with individuals, families and groups, and as an advocate. He is currently pursuing his semicha at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in NYC.

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