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Member, Female, from Israel
- Yael was last seen:
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- Writer, Lecturer
- I was born in the U.S., but moved to Israel on my own as a teenager under the influence of memories that I could not have lived. Since then, I've spent most of my career working in counter-terrorism and intelligence, with brief forays into teaching physics and astronomy.
I was born in the United States, and raised in Texas. From an early age, I experienced odd "flashes" of memory that did not fit with anything in my childhood. These "memories" became particularly disruptive as I grew to adulthood, as I began to remember more details of a life that had ended in betrayal and despair. Decades later, I was diagnosed with Complex PTSD for something that I could not have lived.
- Writer. Lecturer on diverse topics, including Talmud, Jewish philosophy, and Counter-Terrorism
Long before that diagnosis, memory had led me to uproot myself from my homeland and from everything I had grown up with. While driving through the Texas hill country as a teenager, a song heard by chance on the radio brought back idyllic memories of a childhood before the dark years, of the sound of the sea, of friendship and laughter, and walking home singing late at night through dark cobbled streets. A memory of home. Only these were not my memories, nor was this my home. The song provided the clue I needed to finding my vanished past. And so, at the age of 18, I started my life all over again in Israel, with $200 in my pocket and a six-digit number in my head.
Since then, I've spent a lifetime working in counter-terrorism and intelligence, doing everything in my power to keep a remembered past from recurring. I've lectured worldwide on subjects related to trends in terrorism, non-conventional and techno-terrorism, threat assessment, and asymmetric conflict. I've published numerous articles on these topics in books and refereed journals. Since retiring, I blog on Jewish topics at www.yaelshahar.com, as well as on the Times of Israel blogs. I previously wrote a monthly column for the Haaretz Jewish World.
More recently, I've written a novelized memoir of my experiences with past-life memory. The book is, appropriately enough, called Returning.