Rabbi Yaakov Menken

Author's details

Name: Rabbi Yaakov Menken
Date registered: July 20, 2006


Rabbi Yaakov Menken, Founder and Director of Project Genesis, has been called a 'visionary' in the field of Jewish Outreach. Project Genesis supports outreach organizations worldwide, while operating Torah.org, 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.

Latest posts

  1. The Promise — August 19, 2016
  2. Anti-Semitism Remembrance Day — August 12, 2016
  3. True Peace — July 29, 2016
  4. “You Stole Our Land!” — July 15, 2016
  5. The Power of Groupthink — July 8, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. The Choices We Make — 13 comments
  2. When Waging War is Pursuing Peace — 11 comments
  3. In the Name of Religion… — 9 comments
  4. A Moment of Thanks — 8 comments
  5. Is it Time for More? — 8 comments

Author's posts listings

Aug 19 2016

The Promise


Parshas VaEschanan, on the Jewish calendar, is read following the 9th of Av, the Day of Mourning over the destruction. It begins the “seven Sabbaths of consolation,” during which the Haftorah readings, from the prophets, promise that a bright future lies ahead. We find this same message found clearly within the reading itself. G-d says …

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Aug 12 2016

Anti-Semitism Remembrance Day


If we think about it, it should amaze us that there are people who insist we must always remember the Holocaust — even for generations to come, long after the last survivors are lost to us — who are nowhere to be found on the Ninth of Av, when we remember the long history of …

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Jul 29 2016

True Peace


In this week’s reading, G-d gives Pinchas His “Covenant of Peace.” He also makes Pinchas, Aharon’s grandson, part of the Kehunah, the priesthood. [As he was born prior to the anointing of Aharon and his sons, Pinchas did not become a Kohein until this point. Rash”i, Bav. Zevachim 101] This seems an extraordinary response to …

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Jul 15 2016

“You Stole Our Land!”


This week’s Haftorah discusses Ammon coming to wage war with Israel. There was a man named Yiftach, who was the son of a concubine, rejected by his half-brothers. He had moved away, but was a natural leader — many gathered around him, though they were not exceptionally knowledgeable. The verse even calls his followers “empty …

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