Rabbi Dr. Erin Leib Smokler is the Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Development at Yeshivat Maharat, where she teaches Chassidut and Pastoral Torah. She is also a faculty fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America. She earned her PhD and MA from the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought and her AB from Harvard University. She received semikha from Yeshivat Maharat. Rabbi Dr. Leib Smokler is the editor of the recently published volume Torah in a Time of Plague: Historical and Contemporary Jewish Reflections (Ben Yehudah Press 2021).