Mark Baker is the author of two memoirs, 'The Fiftieth Gate' (Harper Collins, 1997; Text Publishing 2017) and 'Thirty Days' (Text Publishing 2017). He received his PhD from Oxford University in Jewish Studies and was twice a Golda Meir Fellow at the Hebrew University. He taught in the History Department at Melbourne University for more than ten years before becoming Director and Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation at Monash University where he also led a program in Holocaust and Genocide studies. He was editor of Generation: A Journal of Australian Jewish Thought and Culture and founder of an Orthodox egalitarian synagogue, Shira Hadasha, and an Australian Jewish world aid organisation (Keshet, now Stand Up). He is currently writing a novel.