Galia Patt-Shamir is a senior lecturer of Chinese Philosophy and Comparative Philosophy and Religion in the Departments of East-Asian Studies and of Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. She earned her Ph.D degree in the Study of Religion in 1997 from Harvard. Her main focus is in the dialogue and understanding among civilizations and individuals, and she is involved in practical and theoretical projects to enhance this field of study. She wrote a book on human nature in Chinese philosophies and religions (Hebrew, 2004). Her book To Broaden the Way: A Confucian-Jewish Dialogue (2006) focuses on the themes of ultimate, social life, and individual pursuit, as dealt with in both traditions, through religious texts, philosophical methodologies, and literary sources. She also published articles on issues in inter-religious dialogue, Confucian and Neo-Confucian texts, practice and theory, in leading journals such as Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy.