Rabbi Natan Gamedze was born an African prince to the Royal Gamedze clan
of the Kingdom of
Swaziland in 1963. As a youth,
Rabbi Gamedze was educated in private schools in both Swaziland and London, where his father
held the position of Swaziland Ambassador to the United Kingdom and EEC countries.
Rabbi Gamedze earned under and post graduate degrees in Modern Languages and Translation,
majoring in German, Italian and French. In 1986 he received his Honours at Oxford University, and in
1988 completed his Masters at Wits University in Johannesburg. In 1987 and '88 he was a sworn
translator in the German language to the South African Supreme Court. Rabbi Gamedze
speaks more than 14 languages.
During his studies he had a chance encounter with the Hebrew language. Following a growing
interest, he took a course in Hebrew at Wits. This inspired a deep inner search, which became
a pivotal point in his life. At the end of '88 he traveled to Israel after being accepted by
the Hebrew University to study for his PhD in Hebrew. Living in Israel led to an increased
curiosity in Judaism, which he pursued by attending philosophy classes at Ohr Somayach
Yeshiva in Jerusalem. This proved to be a significant step in his spiritual quest which
culminated in his conversion to Judaism in early 1991.
Rabbi Gamedze then embarked on a four-year learning program at Ohr Somayach. Thereafter,
he undertook advanced Talmudic studies at the Brisk Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem, where he
remained until the year 2000. Rabbi Gamedze today lives in Jerusalem with his wife and
Rabbi Gamedze is an international speaker, having spoken in
Israel, the USA, Italy, Australia, England, Belgium, South Africa, Scotland and Brazil.
Aside from telling the story of his life, he speaks on
hashkafa, Shabbat and Kabbalah. Rabbi Gamedze has brought his unique perspective on
Judaism to a wide range of audiences including NCSY, Israel Defense Forces and youth groups,
as well as seminaries, yeshivot and synagogues across the world.
Rabbi Gamedze is presently available for speaking engagements.