June Leavitt is a freelance writer, lecturer and researcher born and raised on Long Island, New York. She received her BA degree from the University of Wisconsin and her Master's degree and Doctorate from Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Attracting international acclaim for her diaries and essays about life in Israel. Dr. Leavitt has also published fiction, articles that have appeared in major newspapers and magazines, chapters in anthologies and essays for scholarly journals. With books that have been translated into French, German and Hebrew, she lectures widely and teaches college courses on mystical traditions and spirituality in literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.