Rabbi Dr. Haskell M. Bernat received undergraduate degrees from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was ordained At the Hebrew Union College and received the Masters Degree with Honors. Upon Ordination he was appointed to his seminary as a Teaching Fellow in Talmud and completed the fellowship at Brandeis University in Jewish Mysticism. He earned a Doctorate in Interreligious Studies from St Thomas University. An Orthodox Jewish upbringing (where Yiddish was his first language) and his early Yeshiva education is coupled with advanced scholarship in Western Civilization. He brings this blended background to the Melton classroom.