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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 Menken is also the founder and CEO of Capalon Communications, Inc., which offers commercial telephone, data and design services. Through Capalon, Project Genesis is able to tap into a growing pool of talented Internet professionals, who grow their skills on a commercial level while applying their talents to Project Genesis and Jewish outreach.

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.

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."

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.

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 Torah.org.


Articles on Ki Seitzei and Elul / Rosh Hashanah
Looking to the Future
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5764
The Everyday War
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5764
Be a New Person
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5763
No One Will Do it For You
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5762
Are We listening?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5762
After the Death Sentence
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5761
One Small Step from Man...
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5760
Call of the Shofar
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5760
The Time Is Now
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5759
Oh, Brother...
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5759
Chase Away the Mother
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5758
'Sin... Don't Laugh!'
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5755


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