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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 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 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.

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 earned his Bachelor's degree from Princeton University in Computer Science, and pursued Rabbinic studies in Yeshivas Ohr Somayach, Beth Medrash Gavoha in Lakewood and Jerusalem, and the Mirrer Yeshiva Jerusalem, before founding Project Genesis in 1993.

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 Sisa and Purim
Our Whole Selves
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5764
Pocketbook Judaism
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5764
Sign of a Jew
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5763
Remembering Amalek
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5762
Shabbos: Not All or Nothing!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5762
Sacrifice by Learning Torah
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5760
The Elements of Purim
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5758
Celebrate With Your Whole Self
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5758
Deadly Compromises
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5757
Money is Like Fire
Rabbi Yaakov Menken, 5756


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