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Yitzchok Adlerstein
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Rabbi Adlerstein is the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He holds the Sydney M Irmas Adjunct Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at Loyola Law School, and also serves as a faculty member at Yeshiva of Los Angeles and its high schools. He is a co-principal in Jewish Mediation Service, which applies a Jewish ethical approach to problem solving.

Rabbi Adlerstein is a contributing editor to the quarterly Jewish Action, and the founding and senior editor of Cross-Currents, a popular Orthodox blog of Torah and current affairs. His essays have appeared in theLos Angeles Times, The National Law Journal, First Things, Tradition, Shma, the Los Angeles Daily Law Journal, and a host of Jewish and general printed and electronic media. His Be'er Hagolah, the classic defense of rabbinic Judaism by Maharal of Prague, was published by Artscroll/Mesorah Publications, whose new edition of Nachmanides' Commentary to the Torah he assisted in editorial review.

Rabbi Adlerstein received his ordination from the Chofetz Chaim yeshiva in New York. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Queens College, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Rabbi Adlerstein has lived in LA for over three decades with his wife Reena. They have eight children.

Works by Yitzchok Adlerstein
Three Ways to Create Peace: Listen More, Eat More, Love...
Yitzchok Adlerstein | January 07, 2015
Most of these group-behavior makeovers require far less willpower and stamina than......
The Atheists' Gift to Christmas
Yitzchok Adlerstein | December 15, 2011
Pray for an atheist -- and thank him for making your holiday season more spiritually......
The Gentle Synergy of Believers
Yitzchok Adlerstein | February 08, 2011
Fear mongers spread a lie that the movement in many parts of the world toward strongly......
How Sweet It Is
Yitzchok Adlerstein | March 15, 2011
The Torah tells us that life is full of things that change their promise and utility....
The Unkindest Cut: Anti-Semitism Comes Roaring Back
Yitzchok Adlerstein | November 13, 2013
Renascent anti-Semitism is a global -- not local -- phenomenon....
9/11 Plus Ten: A Nagging Question That Won't Go Away
Yitzchok Adlerstein | September 09, 2011
Did the terrorists who attacked us believe in the same G-d that I believe in?...
Letter to our Christian Friends, Present and Past
Yitzchok Adlerstein | October 11, 2011
When you hear a leader of a people who drops all pretense of ever willing to live side......
We Are All Refugees: Starting a New Year with God
Yitzchok Adlerstein | September 14, 2015
Each year, G-d gives us the opportunity to vastly improve our connection with him......
Ancient Prescriptions For New Prisons
Yitzchok Adlerstein | September 25, 2012
Israeli prisons give us an example of the ways ancient wisdom can generate modern......
The Last Jews Standing?
Yitzchok Adlerstein | August 20, 2014
Every Jew is a precious asset, and the Orthodox mourn the loss of every Jewish soul who......
The Bright Spot of Orthodox Judaism
Yitzchok Adlerstein | July 08, 2015
Orthodox Jews suddenly find themselves almost alone in retaining a firm belief in a G-d......
Getting the Little Picture
Yitzchok Adlerstein | April 18, 2011
To soar, to rid oneself of the dross that gets in the way of becoming what G-d designed......
The Little Orthodox Engine That Could
Yitzchok Adlerstein | November 15, 2011
Very few people expected Orthodox Judaism to survive in America, let alone thrive....
Anthony Weiner Can Stay
Yitzchok Adlerstein | June 14, 2011
Our society trains its sights on the wrong people for adulation and admiration. It then......
Mind Someone Else's Business
Yitzchok Adlerstein | March 01, 2011
Is there a middle path we can steer between a silence imposed by relativism, and a voice......
Are Christians the New Jews?
Yitzchok Adlerstein | February 20, 2013
If you are fortunate enough to possess the truth, you do not compromise or sacrifice it,......
Sharing the Wealth on Yom Kippur
Yitzchok Adlerstein | October 06, 2014
At this time of war, tragedy, and global uncertainty, we share our spiritual bucket list......
The use of memory to teach others is more powerful than preserving it for members of the......
Tiger Clergy
Yitzchok Adlerstein | April 04, 2011
People in places of worship expect to hear guidelines that are not followed by weasel......
In Defense of Drones
Yitzchok Adlerstein | June 13, 2012
War should not be a showcase for true grit....
Aftermath of a Brooklyn Murder
Yitzchok Adlerstein | July 20, 2011
After the grim discovery of Leiby Kletzky's death, the community begins the hard work of......
Are Jews Hung Up About Memory?
Yitzchok Adlerstein | August 08, 2011
Remembering brings many blessings, even remembering the pain of the past. It can give......
Delta Blues Hit the Jews
Yitzchok Adlerstein | June 29, 2011
Delta is going for small lie rather than the large one. By making the distortion subtle,......
Chanuka: A Contest Between Two Civilizations
Yitzchok Adlerstein | December 12, 2012
The old clash is far from over. At times, it takes humankind to places it would not......
The Jewish New Year, and Why the Quakers Are Wrong about...
Yitzchok Adlerstein | September 05, 2013
We are commanded by G-d to assiduously pursue good, yet we are also commanded to......
Banning Circumcision: The Target Is Religion, Not Jews
Yitzchok Adlerstein | May 31, 2011
While the United States is still one of the most religious and religion-friendly......
"Choose Life": Beware Belgium's New Euthanasia Law
Yitzchok Adlerstein | July 08, 2014
We must reject the Belgian model, and reiterate the timeless truth that human life has......
Kabbalah and the Congo
Yitzchok Adlerstein | May 16, 2011
In the continuing debate about what bin Laden's demise means to us, we should not lose......
The Quiet Death of Interfaith Activity?
Yitzchok Adlerstein | August 25, 2011
Israel must find its friends among religious individuals of all faiths, abandoning the......
Wishing the Worst for Parents
Yitzchok Adlerstein | March 21, 2012
As more of us care for aging parents, the Fifth Commandment might become more important......