OU Nach Yomi Authors
Rabbi Bini Maryles
Rabbi Bini Maryles, Director of the Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services of the Orthodox Union, received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He has served as Assistant Rabbi at Young Israel of Holliswood in Queens and as rabbi of the Young Israel of North Woodmere. An seasoned educator with much experience in teaching Nach, Rabbi Maryles also holds a B.S. in accounting from YU's Sy Syms School of Business.
Rabbi Jeremy Wieder
Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University, is the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Professor of Talmud in the University's Mazer Yeshiva Program. He was ordained by RIETS and holds a PhD in Judaic Studies from New York University. He also teaches Bible at Yeshiva College.
Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster
Dr. Shawn Zelig Aster is Assistant Professor of Bible at Yeshiva University. He has studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and holds a Ph.D. in Bible from the University of Pennsylvania. He has previously taught at Bar-Ilan University and was a Kreitman post-doctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva.
Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein
Rabbi Dr. Gidon Rothstein received ordination from RIETS and a PhD in Judaic Studies from Harvard. He has served both as a congregational rabbi and in positions in education, most recently as Director of Judaic Studies Curriculum and Teacher Training at HAFTR/Machon haTorah. He was a founding editor of www.torahcurrents.org, a Torah-focused Web magazine.
His PhD dissertation showed that fifteenth-century commentators on Pirkei Avot initiated the idea of darshaning Avot, instead of seeking its plain meaning. He has written articles on the nature of the mitzvah of Talmud Torah, when the rishonim thought sunset occurred, the role of women in Judaism, and the role of non-Jews in Judaism. In addition, he has offered several series of email shiurim, many of them archived at www.rjconline.org, and some at www.rabbis.org.
Rabbi Rothstein's most recent writing focuses on Jewish fiction, the first example of which was Murderer in the Mikdash, a mystery set in the time of the third Beit HaMikdash. He is currently finishing a collection of stories that uses fiction to shed light on little-noticed aspects of Tanach.
Rabbi Rothstein is a well-known public speaker, having served as Scholar in Residence at many shuls, and having addressed many book clubs or other gatherings, either about his book or to give shiurim. He lives in Riverdale, NY with his wife and three children.
Rabbi Jack Abramowitz
Rabbi Jack Abramowitz served as Director of Programs for NCSY before becoming Associate Director of the Pepa and Rabbi Joseph Karasick Department of Synagogue Services. Rabbi Abramowitz holds degrees in Jewish studies, communications and Higher Education Administration. Among his accomplishments, he authored NCSY's Torah on One Foot series of educational pamphlets and created negiah.org, the first abstinence web site for Jewish teens. Rabbi Abramowitz is the author of The Nach Yomi Companion volumes 1 (Neviim - Prophets) and 2 (Kesuvim - Writings), as well as The Tzniyus Book.
Rabbi Eric Levy
Rabbi Eric Levy is the Jewish Studies Principal of North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, NY. Rabbi Levy earned his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Touro College and his masters degree in Biblical Studies from Yeshiva University. He has rabbinic ordination from both Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt and Rav Zalman Nehemia Goldberg. He spent four years at Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) and he served in the Israeli Army Tank Corps. Rabbi Levy’s online classes, including Daf Yomi and Bible, can be heard at http://www.ericlevy.com/Recordings/Recordings.htm .
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb received his rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva in New York. He received his Masters degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, and earned his PhD from the University of Maryland. Prior to assuming the pulpit of the Congregation Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, MD in 1989, Rabbi Weinreb served as Assistant Supervisor of Psychological Services for the Prince George’s County Public Schools, as Chief Psychologist of the Potomac Foundation for Mental Health, and also maintained a private practice of psychotherapy.
Rabbi Weinreb is Rabbinic Liaison for NEFESH: the North American Network of Orthodox Mental Health Professionals. He served on the Rabbinic Cabinet of United Jewish Communities, on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America, and on the boards of various other organizational and educational institutions.
Rabbi Weinreb became Executive Vice President of the Orthodox Union in January, 2002. In that role, he headed the multi-purpose agency which represents and serves Orthodox Jewry through hundreds of synagogues across North America and beyond. From kosher food supervision to youth, public policy and social action programming, the OU is one of the largest and most vibrant Jewish organizations in the world today. Rabbi Weinreb continues today as Executive Vice President Emeritus.
Rabbi Allen Schwartz
Rabbi Allen Schwartz, of Congregation Ohab Zedek, has been teaching Bible for the past two decades at Yeshiva University, where he holds the Raymond J. Greenwald Chair in Jewish Studies.
His his doctoral thesis is on the methodology of Rashi and he has published on the themes of Bible, Rabbinics and Halakha. He has also taught at the Manhattan Day School. Rabbi Schwartz writes Bible curriculum for Jewish day schools and lectures extensively for the Board of Jewish Education of New York. He serves on the executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America, the board of governors of the Orthodox Union, and the board of directors of North American Conference of Ethiopian Jewry. Many other organizations and centers of Jewish learning benefit from his dedication and leadership including Yeshivat Shaalvim, Yeshivat Beit Medrash L'Torah, the Midtown Board of Kashruth, and the Manhattan Orthodox Caucus. He served on the board of directors of Project Dorot and was chairman of the UJA-Federation Task Force on Jewish Singles.
Rabbi Chaim Brovender
Rabbi Chaim Brovender, Rosh Yeshiva of WebYeshiva.org - the world's first fully interactive online yeshiva - is President of the ATID Foundation. For over forty years as Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hamivtar and Michlelet Bruria he has been a pioneer of Torah education in Israel.
Rabbi Elli Fischer
Rabbi Elli Fischer, formerly the OU/ JLIC educator at the University of Maryland, is an independent translator, editor and writer. He lives in Modiin, Israel, with his wife and three children. He received his MA and BA degrees from Yeshiva University and semikhah from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. He maintains a personal weblog at adderabbi.blogspot.com.
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
Rabbi Menachem Leibtag. founder of the Tanach Study Center (http://www.tanach.org), is one of pioneers of Torah Education via the internet. He began his study at Yeshivat Har Etzion in the mid 70's, and has served as a "rebbe" at the Yeshivah since the mid 80's. His weekly essays on Parshat Ha'shavua, read by literally thousands of subscribers world wide, introduce a vibrant analytical approach to thematic study of the Tanach and reflect over twenty-five years of experience as a teacher. Presently, Rabbi Leibtag teaches as well at Yeshivat Shalaavim, Midreshet Lindenbaum, and at the Gruss Institute of Yeshiva University in Jerusalem. He also lectures regularly in Jewish communities and on college campuses throughout North America.
Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom, a native of Los Angeles, California, attended Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavne, Rabbi Isaac Elhanan Theological Seminary and Yeshivat Har Etzion before receiving ordination from the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. Rabbi Etshalom has been a dynamic and exciting educator in the Los Angeles area since 1985. His ability to reach out to today's youth and share with them his passion for Jewish learning and Jewish life has enriched many young lives. His talents, however, are not confined to the classroom - he is an accomplished storyteller, radio host and songwriter and has published recordings of both his own stories and music.
Rabbi Etshalom's first book "Between the Lines of the Bible" was published by Yashar Books; volume 2 is expected in 2010. He serves on the Administration of Yeshiva University High Schools of Los Angeles as Director of Curriculum as well as being a senior instructor in both the Boys' and Girl's divisions. He and his wife Stefanie are the proud parents of five children. See Rabbi Etshalom's first book at http://www.yasharbooks.com/Lines.html
Rabbi Nisson Dov Miller
Rabbi Nisson Dov Miller is the Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim of Sharon, Massachusetts. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. After learning in Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavne in Israel and in the St. Louis Rabbinical College, Rabbi Miller received his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University. Subsequenstly, he learned in Ner Israel Rabbincal College in Baltimore, Maryland from where he received his semicha.