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Rabbi Yaakov Menken

Rabbi Yaakov Menken is the founder of Project Genesis, and creator of many of its sites and programs. You will find hundreds of Torah commentaries authored by Yaakov Menken on this site and elsewhere.

Rabbi Yaakov Menken has been called a 'visionary' in the field of Jewish Outreach. Project Genesis supports outreach organizations worldwide, while operating, the Internet's premier Jewish learning web site. Both Yaakov Menken and his organization maintain open communication with Jews at all levels of learning and education, and Project Genesis is endorsed by Jewish leaders from across the Jewish spectrum.

Rabbi Yaakov Menken is the author of a recent book in the "Everything" series from Adams Media; The Everything Torah Book is a general introduction to Torah beliefs, philosophy, and history, with a generous mix of Torah thoughts originally published on

Yaakov Menken joined Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, in creating Cross-Currents, a journal of traditional Jewish thought, in late 2004. This award-winning web log, or blog, features ten recognized, outstanding Orthodox rabbis and teachers. The name Cross-Currents reflects, in Rav Adlerstein's words, the aspiration "to expose the intersection between two currents: the timeless flow of authentic Torah thought, and the ebb and tide of current affairs."

Recently, Rabbi Menken led the technical development of Contact Loved Ones, an open voicemail system for those displaced by recent natural disasters. This story was picked up by the general media and especially by technical publications.

Rabbi Menken is a veteran analyst of the global Jewish scene. Project Genesis has helped with the hosting of Jewish World Review since its inception, and Yaakov Menken has contributed articles to JWR on tolerance, the value of life, the risks of the Internet (which also appeared elsewhere) and other topics.

Articles on Shoftim and Elul / Rosh Hashanah
Looking to the Future
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5764
A Wake Up Call
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5763
Be a New Person
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5763
Time to Grow Up!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5762
Are We listening?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5762
Command the King
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5760
Call of the Shofar
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5760
Judge Yourself Before Judging Others
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5759
The Time Is Now
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5759
Wives - Bad Influences?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5758
Accidental Manslaughter
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5757
Blinding Bribery
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5756
'Sin... Don't Laugh!'
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5755 Home

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