Rabbi Jack Abramowitz, MS Ed., is a writer, editor and educator with over three decades of experience in outreach and informal education. Among the many educational initiatives he has spearheaded over the years are the Orthodox Union’s Nach Yomi – a daily chapter of study followed by thousands worldwide – and NCSY’s “Torah on One Foot” series. Rabbi Jack, as he is fondly known, is the author of seven books, including The God Book and The Taryag Companion. For more of his Q&A, follow the Ask Rabbi Jack video channel on YouTube.
Rabbi Hayyim Angel is the National Scholar of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals (jewishideas.org). He also teaches advanced Bible courses to undergraduates and rabbinical students at Yeshiva University, and lectures widely. He has published over 100 scholarly articles, primarily in Bible, and is author or editor of thirteen books. He received his B.A. in Jewish Studies Summa cum Laude from Yeshiva College, his M.A. in Bible from the Bernard Revel Graduate School, his M.S. in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, and his Rabbinical Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University. He lives in New York with his wife and three children.
Rav Amnon Bazak is a Shiur Bet Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion, and teaches Bible and Oral Law at the Herzog College and the Women’s Beit Midrash in Migdal Oz. He completed his Hesder army service in the military rabbinate, was later ordained as a rabbi and received his B.Ed. degree at Herzog College for Teacher Training. Rav Bazak has authored several books on Tanakh study, including: ‘Shmuel Alef: Melekh in Israel,’ ‘Shmuel Bet: David’s Kingship,’ and ‘Nekudat Peticha – Studies in Parshat Hashavua.’ In his book ‘Ad HaYom HaZeh,’ he presents a comprehensive way of dealing with questions arising from biblical criticism. Hundreds of his lessons, written and recorded, are on the website of the Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rav Bazak has also edited many books, among them Harav Amital’s book ‘VeHaAretz Natan Livnei Adam’ and a series of Holiday books published by Herzog College.
Rabbi Jack Bieler founded Kemp Mill Synagogue in Silver Spring, MD in 1990, where he served as spiritual leader until his retirement in 2015. He received ordination from Yeshiva University where he also earned an MA in Jewish Education (1974). He was a member of the faculty of Yeshivat Ramaz and the Berman Hebrew Academy, and taught in adult education programs in New York and Silver Spring. He has published numerous papers and articles about Jewish education and the issues facing Judaism today. Rabbi Bieler and his wife, Dr. Joan, have four children and nine grandchildren.
Rabbi Reuven Boshnack is the Co-director of OU-JLIC at Brooklyn College, where he and his wife Shira have served the community of students, alumni and friends for the last 13 years. He received his semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary, and holds a Masters in Education from the Azrieli graduate school of Jewish Education, a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Touro College, and a Bachelors in Psychology from Yeshiva College. A talmid of Rav Moshe Weinberger, he has taught Chassidus, Jewish thought and Jewish Law for the last 20 years in Brooklyn, Boca Raton. His teachings reach a greater population through his weekly emails, articles in various journals and recorded Shiurim.
Shoshannah Brombacher-Miller (Amsterdam,The Netherlands) is a scholar, author, artist and Maggidah, storyteller. She has lived and worked in Leyden (Holland), Amsterdam, Jerusalem and Berlin (Germany), where she lectured at the Free University. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her family. Brombacher holds a Ph.D in medieval Hebrew literature and participates in many (inter-)national art exhibitions. Her favorite subject is Chassidism.
Ethan Eisen is a Yeshiva University-ordained rabbi with a PhD in clinical psychology from The George Washington University. Rabbi Dr. Eisen trained at leading clinical and research centers in the United States before making aliyah in 2016 with his family. He currently practices as a licensed clinical psychologist and advocates for issues pertaining to mental health in the Jewish community. His writings on a wide variety of topics in psychology and Jewish interest have been published in top academic and Jewish journals.
Rabbi Dov Peretz Elkins is a recipient of the National Jewish Book Award, and has written, edited, and translated more than 35 books. He received rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, and also holds an M.H.L. and a doctorate in counseling and humanistic education. He has written and has lectured internationally. Rabbi Elkins and his wife, Maxine, reside in Princeton, New Jersey. Their six children and eleven grandchildren live in Los Angeles, Israel, Cleveland, and New York.
Abba Engelberg graduated from Telshe Yeshiva (valedictorian) and Yeshiva University (cum laude), where he received rabbinical ordination. He holds a Ph.D. from New York University in Operations Research, and served as professor at Jerusalem College of Technology for 40 years, where he founded and headed the women’s division. He served as a Reserve Chaplain in the United States Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Colonel. He is the father of four sons and lives in Jerusalem with his wife.
Mitchell First has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an M.A. in Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. He has published articles on Jewish history and liturgy in periodicals such as Biblical Archaeology Review, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Hakirah and AJS Review. He resides in Teaneck, New Jersey, and is an attorney practicing in New York City. His first book, Jewish History in Conflict, about rabbinic chronology and the Second Temple period, was selected book of the month by the Jewish Book Club (August 1997).
Jennifer and Rabbi Nachi Friedman are all about children. Parents to four children of their own, their professional careers are also dedicated to the pediatric population. Jennifer owns a pediatric therapy clinic. She has a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University. Jennifer enjoys combining her professional background with her love of a good rhyme to capture a child’s attention and engage the child throughout the story. Rabbi Friedman has smicha yoreh yoreh and has a Masters in Counseling as well as a specialization in play therapy. While learning is intrinsically fun, Rabbi Friedman strives to add elements of play to the learning as well, to keep the child active and involved throughout the book.
Alec Goldstein received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University, where he also earned his undergraduate degree in French Language & Literature. He served as the cantor at Yorkville Synagogue (2018-2019), and rabbi at Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation (2015-2016). His articles have appeared in Jewish Press, YU Commentator, and Torah Musings. He is the author of A Theology of Holiness and The Biblical Maimonides (Exodus), and is the founder of Kodesh Press. He also holds a Master’s in Accountancy from Baruch College. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
Yisroel Juskowitz is a critically acclaimed musician, artist, author, and speaker. His debut album “The Narrow Bridge” has sold out its first two printings and has been featured on over a dozen radio shows. He has just released his first book “The Narrow Bridge” and it has opened to outstanding reviews. Yisroel has toured throughout the United States and his live performances have inspired Jewish audiences of all walks life and ages. Yisroel has been featured in dozens of magazines, newspapers, websites, and blogs, and his artwork has been featured numerous art shows and fairs. He currently lives in Rockville, MD with his wife and son, and works as a physical therapist with special needs children.
Rabbi Ari Kahn received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he studied with Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik. He graduated Yeshiva University with a BA in psychology and an MS degree in Talmud. He is Director of Foreign Student Programs at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he also is a senior lecturer in Jewish studies. He is the author of Echoes of Eden, Explorations, and Emanations. Rabbi Kahn lives in Givat Ze’ev, Israel, with his wife Naomi and five children.
Daniel A. Klein, an attorney and legal writer, is a graduate of Yeshiva University and New York University School of Law. His study of Italian as a youthful hobby led to a fascination with Italian Jewish culture and, in particular, the works of Shadal (Samuel David Luzzatto). Shadal on Genesis is a new edition of his 1998 translation; he has also published Shadal on Exodus (2015). His articles on Shadal’s writings and on aspects of Jewish law—some of them translations from Italian, others the fruit of his own research—have appeared in Ḥakirah, Jewish Bible Quarterly, and La Rassegna Mensile di Israel, and online in Lehrhaus and the website of the Jewish Community of Rome. He and his wife live in Rochester, New York, where he has taught Judaic studies at elementary, high school, and adult levels.
Rabbi Nahorai Kotkin received ordination at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and from Rav Ephraim Greenblatt zt”l. He has been involved with educating people of all ages and backgrounds about the nuances of the Bible for over a decade.
Rabbi Yamin Levy has been serving the Sephardic rabbinate in the United States for over 25 years. He has dedicated his career to preserving the rich and multi-cultural Heritage of Sephardic Jewry. He is currently Rabbi of Beth Hadassah Synagogue in Great Neck / Kings Point, New York. He is the Rabbi of the Long Island Hebrew Academy, the only Sephardic Day School on the North Shore of Long Island, as well as the founder and International Director of the Maimonides Heritage Center based in Israel and New York. He has authored numerous books, articles and essays on Jewish Law, Tanakh, HaRambam, and Sephardic Studies.
Aaron Lichtenstein teaches at the City University of New York, and has taught at New York University, Yeshiva University, University of Denver, Jews’ College (London), and Yeshiva Hechal HaTorah. He is the author of The Seven Laws of Noah, The Book of Psalms in Plain English, and Reading the Sacred Text: What the Torah Tells Us, and was also staff editor of the Encyclopedia Judaica. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Mazal Alouf-Mizrahi graduated from Brooklyn College with a M.A. in English Literature. She worked as an instructor in educational institutions and lectured on a variety literary topics. She is the author of The Silent Sister: The Diary of Margot Fran.
Ephraim Meth is the Rabbi of Cong. Ahavas Achim in Fairfield, CT. He is a Rosh Chaburah and Sho’eil uMaishiv at Yeshiva University, as well as a Kupietsky Kodshim Fellow at Yeshiva University’s Kollel Elyon. Rabbi Meth lectures widely, and is the author of the multi-volume Sha’ashuei Ephraim series, a commentary on the Talmud.
Bezalel Naor is a lifelong student of the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Hakohen Kook. He translated Rav Kook’s seminal work Orot (2015), as well as several other books by Rav Kook. Naor is the author of original studies of Jewish Thought in both English and Hebrew. Most recently, he published Mahol la-Tsaddikim (Dance Circle for the Righteous), a comparative analysis of the cosmologies of Italian kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto and Habad Hasidic interpreter Rabbi Eizik of Homel (Orot, 2015). Naor is presently at work on an historical novel as well as a collection of mystical poems.
Sigurd Neubauer is a leading policy expert on US-Gulf relations, who specializes in U.S. policy toward the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf region, including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, intra-Gulf dynamics and Gulf-Israeli relations. He has authored dozens of scholarly articles and hundreds of commentary pieces, including for The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, POLITICO, CNN, Fox News, Arab News, Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post and The Forward, among others. He is also frequently quoted by the international media, including by The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Times of London, Bloomberg News, The Associated Press, AFP and others. Neubauer is a graduate of Yeshiva University in New York where he studies Modern Jewish History (MA), Political Science (BA) and French Literature (BA). Originally from Norway, Neubauer lives in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with his family.
Dr. Robert A. Norman is a board-certified dermatologist and family practitioner who has been in practice for over 25 years. He is a faculty member for five medical schools (Clinical Professor) and has been honored with numerous service and teaching awards. He is the current National Chairman of Doctors for Israel for the Jewish National Fund.
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky is the Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, of Teaneck, New Jersey. He served as Rabbi from 1994 until 2020 when he made Aliyah. Previously, Rabbi Pruzansky was the spiritual leader of Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills, New York. He currently serves as Israel Region Vice President for the Coalition for Jewish Values and as Senior Rabbinic Scholar at Yeshivat Migdal HaTorah in Modiin. He previously served as President of the Vaad Harabonim (Rabbinical Board) of Queens and the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County. Rabbi Pruzansky is a member of the Rabbinical Alliance of America and the Rabbinical Council of America.
Rabbi Aaron I. Reichel, Esq., is a rabbi, attorney, former editor of various publications, and current Administrator of the Fischel Foundation. He has had multiple roles in the publication of the revised editions of the biographies of Harry Fisched (Kodesh Press e-book) and Chief Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen (2017), as well as Step Up to the Plate: Baseball and Judaism: How to Win the Game of Life (Kodesh Press, 2017). Previously, he authored The Maverick Rabbi, on Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein (both editions).
Rabbi Yisroel Roll is a dynamic motivational speaker, interactive group session leader, lawyer specializing in divorce mediation, psychotherapist specializing in self-esteem enhancement, and the author of six books on self-esteem. He has lectured in Canada, the USA, England, South Africa and Israel. Rabbi Roll is the Director of the Self Esteem Clinic and has served as the Rabbi of New West End Shul in London, England.
From the depths of the darkest evils man has ever known, Rabbi Israel Rosenfeld rose up with unimaginable faith and strength. After his liberation from Auschwitz, Rabbi Rosenfeld made his way to America. After serving in the United States Army, he embarked on what would become an illustrious career in Jewish education. He ultimately made his way to Denver, Colorado, where he became the principal of the Hillel Academy. His published curricula and teacher’s guides have filled classrooms throughout the country. His is a story of a man that not only survived the evil of the Holocaust, but went on to defeat his Nazi torturers by strengthening the Jewish people through his unsurpassed commitment to Jewish education and growth.
Gidon Rothstein received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University (1991), and his Ph.D. in Medieval Jewish History from Harvard (2003). He has served as a synagogue rabbi, a high school rebbe, and an adult educator. He is the author of We’re Missing the Point: What’s Wrong with the Orthodox Jewish Community and How to Fix it (2012), and Murder in the Mikdash (2005). He has also been Blogging R. Lichtenstein, which can be seen at torahmusings.com. He lives in Riverdale, with his wife Elizabeth Holland, a patent litigator, and their three children.
Rabbi Dr. Mordechai Schiffman is an Assistant Professor at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School, an instructor at RIETS, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought. He received his MS from Azrieli, rabbinic ordination form RIETS, and a doctorate in psychology from St. John’s University. Rabbi Dr. Schiffman has been on the rabbinic staff of Kingsway Jewish Center in Brooklyn, NY, since 2010 and practices as a licensed psychologist. His academic and popular articles, as well as many of his lectures, are accessible on www.PsychedForTorah.com.
Rabbi Schwartz has served the Upper West Side of Manhattan since 1985, and has been the rabbi of the historic Congregation Ohab Zedek for the past thirty two years. He has taught over 3,000 students since 1983 at Yeshiva University, where he holds the Raymond J. Greenwald Chair in Jewish Studies, and currently teaches at Manhattan Day School as well. His Bible curriculum is widely used in day schools and high schools in the New York area, and he has also served as camp rabbi and educational director at Camp Morasha and Camp Mesorah for many summers. He is also the author of numerous articles on Biblical and Rabbinic themes and recently published the commentary of Rabbi Elazar Rokeach to Sefer Mishlei (the Book of Proverbs) and the Four Sons Haggadah.
Rabbi David Shabtai, MD is a fellow of the Wexner Kollel Elyon at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS). He received his medical doctorate from NYU School of Medicine and rabbinic ordination from RIETS. Rabbi Dr. Shabtai teaches Jewish Medical Ethics at Yeshiva University and RIETS and lectures on various topics in Jewish law. He is particularly interested in the interface between science, medicine, and Jewish law. He has authored numerous articles on a wide range of topics published in The Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society, Hakirah, Assia, Journal of Jewish Medical Ethics, and Beit Yitzhak. He is also a contributor and editor of Verapo Yerape.
Rabbi Gamliel Shmalo is the Educational Director of Meor NYU and teaches Jewish philosophy and law at Yeshiva University. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has also studied at Machon Shlomo, Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, and Beit Ariel Jerusalem. He has published widely on Jewish themes, and he lectures internationally. Before returning to the US he was on the faculty of Michlalah Jerusalem College and Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalyim for ten years. He and his wife, Mahnaz, have seven children (three sets of twins!), five of whom are certified Scuba divers. Rabbi Shmalo was a founding member of the underwater unit of Israel’s ZAKA.
Rabbi Elchanan Shoff is one of the dynamic young Orthodox Rabbis of our age. He combines a brilliant intellect, a great breadth of knowledge, and a deep understanding of people with his wit, humor, and engaging demeanor. A sought-after lecturer and prolific author, Rabbi Shoff is the founding Rabbi of Beis Knesses at Faircrest Heights in Los Angeles. His Torah teachings can be heard today in the vibrant, youthful, and friendly community he created. Rabbi Shoff studied in Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel of Waterbury, Connecticut, for many years, as well as the the Mir Yeshiva in Israel. Rabbi Shoff has served as a shoel u-meishiv in the Mir Yeshiva, as lecturer for Aish HaTorah, as well as for Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis’ Hineni International, and a Rebbi in Rabbi Shmuel Brazil’s Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Zeev HaTorah.
Dr. Vivian Skolnick received her doctorate in psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is a registered clinical psychologist. She is a graduate of the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, where she is a faculty member. She is an affiliate member of the Society of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and Membership Chairperson of Nefesh International. Dr. Skolnick has published in professional journals and presented papers on topics related to psychology and religion. She resides in Chicago where she is in private practice as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst providing both treatment and supervision.
Dr. Moshe Sokolow is the Associate Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and holds the Fanya Gottesfeld-Heller Chair in Jewish Education. He has published several books and
numerous articles on theoretical and applied aspects of Bible and Jewish education, including TANAKH, An Owner’s Manual, and Studies in the Weekly Parashah Based on the Lessons of Nehama
Leibowitz. He is the editor of both volumes of The Azrieli Papers, as well as TEN DA‘AT: A Journal of Jewish Education. He is also author of Texts and Topics, essays on Jewish writings and occasions, to be published by Kodesh Press.
H. Norman Strickman is Rabbi Emeritus of the Marine Park Jewish Center in Brooklyn and is a Professor emeritus of Jewish Studies at Touro College in New York City. He earned his ordination from Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik and Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin of Yeshiva University. Dr. Strickman received his B.A. and M.H.L. degrees from Yeshiva University, and his Ph.D. from Dropsie University.
Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-inChief of TorahMusings.com. He writes frequently in Jewish newspapers and magazines, serving as a regular contributor to Jewish Action , The Jewish Link of New Jersey , The Jewish Echo , and The Vues . Rabbi Student serves as Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America, on the Editorial Board of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine, and as the magazine’s Book Editor.
Hayim Tawil received his PhD from Columbia University and served as a Professor of Hebrew Languages and literature at Yeshiva University in New York. Tawil has published numerous articles in comparative Semitics and lexicography and he is the author of An Akkadian Lexical Companion for Biblical Hebrew (2009). His other books include: The Rose and the Thorns; Operation Esther: Opening the Door for the Last Jews of Yemen; and The Crown of Aleppo: The Mystery of the Oldest Hebrew Bible Codex. In 2001, Tawil was nominated for the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights for his work in Yemen.
Geula Twersky holds an MS in Judaic Studies from The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University, (1991), and an MA in Bible from Bar Ilan University, (2014). Geula has contributed numerous articles in a variety of scholarly Bible journals and is the author of Song of Riddles: Deciphering the Song of Songs, (Gefen, 2018), which was nominated as a candidate for the 2020 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. In addition to her work in Torah scholarship, Geula is also an award-winning Judaic fine artist. Geula was the recipient of Israel’s highest award for excellence in art, (2007). She has exhibited her work in Israel’s Knesset, Ministry of Absorption, and in numerous other international venues. Geula’s background in the fine arts has profoundly influenced her unique approach to interpreting Torah poetry.
Rabbi Jason Weiner, BCC is a board-certified chaplain and serves as the Senior Rabbi and Manager of the Spiritual Care Department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Rabbi Weiner earned his rabbinic ordination in 2006 at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York City, where he was subsequently honored as alumnus of the year. He received an additional ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg in Jerusalem as well as a master’s degree in Jewish history from Yeshiva University. He is currently completing a master’s degree in Bioethics and Health Policy through Loyola University, Chicago. Rabbi Weiner has also completed four units of clinical pastoral education and is a board certified chaplain through the Neshama: Association of Jewish Chaplains. He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and four children.
Rabbi Weissman is an educator and the author of five books, and many of his articles are available at www.chananyaweissman.com. He is also the founder of EndTheMadness, a grassroots effort to bring sanity and true Torah values back to the shidduch world, and HotKiddush, a revolutionary way for Jews to meet and network online—both free services to the community. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rabbi Mark Wildes is the Founder and Director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), a highly successful Jewish outreach and educational program that engages and reconnects unaffiliated Jewish men and women in their 20s & 30s with Judaism and the Jewish community. He is also the author of the highly acclaimed: Beyond the Instant: Jewish Wisdom for Lasting Happiness in a Fast-Paced Social Media World (Skyhorse Publishing, 2018). Rabbi Wildes earned a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University, a Law Degree from the Cardozo School of Law, a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (Yeshiva University).
After serving in rabbinic and outreach positions at Ohab Zedek and Kehilath Jeshurun and teaching at Ramaz and Stern College, Rabbi Wildes established MJE, dedicated to engaging the thousands of NYC’s unaffiliated Jewish professionals. In its 22 years of existence, MJE has successfully reconnected thousands of previously unaffiliated Jewish men and women with Judaism and the Jewish community, hundreds of whom are today living committed Jewish lives and sending their children to Jewish Day Schools. Operating from its three locations in the city, with a talented staff of 15 professionals, MJE’s inspirational Shabbat dinners, beginners services, retreats, educational classes, holiday events, and trips to Israel have touched the lives of thousands of young Jews and provided a venue through which 322 Jewish couples have married. Rabbi Mark also teaches an outreach training seminar at RIETS, Yeshiva University’s rabbinical school, training new leaders for the future. He and his wife Jill and their 4 children live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where they maintain an open home for newcomers and friends alike.
Yeshivat Har Etzion, founded in 1968 in Gush Etzion, has become one of Israel's outstanding institutions of learning, inculcating in its students intellectual excellence, spiritual growth and national commitment. For over four decades, the Yeshiva was headed by two of the most outstanding scholars and community leaders of our time – HaRav Yehuda Amital, zt"l, and HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein, zt"l. Merging the best in traditional Jewish learning with a formidable grasp of the modern world, the Yeshiva's aim is not to cloister but to communicate, to educate a new generation of teachers and leaders.