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Rabbi Yaakov Menken

Rabbi Yaakov Menken is the founder of Project Genesis, and Chief Architect of its websites. You will find hundreds of Torah commentaries authored by Yaakov Menken on this site and elsewhere.

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.

His one published book was a member of 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 It was published in 2005.

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 Menken also writes on global Jewish affairs, and has appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Algemeiner Journal, the Times of Israel, Israel National News and many other Jewish journals. He is a founding editor of Cross-Currents, a journal of Rabbinic thought and opinion.