Mati Wagner was born in New Jersey and grew up in California. He was educated at Bar-Ilan University, where he received an interdisciplinary BA in political science, sociology and economics, and at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he studied Talmud for three years. Wagner received ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel in 2006.
He began his journalism career two decades ago at the now-defunct Hebrew-language economic daily Telegraph, has covered economics and religion for The Jerusalem Post, has written for JTA and Religion Dispatches, and is a regular contributor to Commentary.
Wagner has also provided analyses on contemporary Judaism and Israeli affairs for the BBC, Radio France, IBA News and NBC Radio. He is currently the editorial of The Jerusalem Post editorial page, writing most of the paper's daily editorials.
View his past writings at matiwagner.blogspot.com