Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel is the son of a Holocaust survivor. He holds two rabbinic ordinations from the Tomchei Temimim Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and a D. Min degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. He is an avid student of the Greek classics, Jungian psychology, as well as Western theology and psychology. Rabbi Samuel is the author of The Lord Is My Shepherd: The Theology of the Caring God (1996) and Birth and Rebirth through Genesis (2010). He is a syndicated columnist for the San Diego Jewish Journal, The San Diego Jewish World, and writes regularly for other publications nationwide. Rabbi Samuel is the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Chula Vista, California.