Yitzchok Adlerstein

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.

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