Announcement: Movers & Shakers

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For a limited time, a collection of Elliot Resnick’s provocative interviews for the Jewish Press, updated with additional material, are being offered to this blog’s readers at a special discount price. Movers & Shakers: Sixty Prominent Personalities Speak Their Mind on Tape tells the story of numerous people whose only common denominator is that a healthy contemporary Orthodox Jew will find them interesting (table of contents below). For the next 24 hours only, you can buy this book at a 33% discount. Go to and under Edition click on “Hirhurim Price”.

Table of Contents

Rabbis With a Different Twist on Judaism

  • Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, A Tendentious Talmudic Mind
  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Great Britain’s Distinguished Chief Rabbi
  • Rav Davidh Bar-Hayim, The Rabbi Who Wants to Revive ‘Eretz Yisrael Judaism’
  • Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Teaching Torah to America’s Christians
  • Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, Modern Orthodoxy’s Firebrand
  • Rabbi Mayer Schiller, Yeshiva University’s Chassidic Face
  • Rabbi Ben Zion Shafier, Providing Direction to Starved Gemara Students
  • Rabbi Marc Angel, Rabbi Emeritus of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
  • Rabbi Chaim Miller, Lubavitch, With a Focus on Theology
  • The Islamic Threat

  • Steven Emerson, ‘The Paul Revere of Terrorism’
  • Dr. Andrew Bostom, Setting the Record Straight on Islam
  • Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, Sounding the Alarm Against Terrorist-Funding Saudis
  • Professor Michael Widlanski, Documenting the Political Correctness That’s Destroying America
  • Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Narrating ‘The Third Jihad’
  • All Things Israeli

  • Dan Raviv, Peeking Behind the Mossad Curtain
  • Zev Golan, A Radical Revolutionary’s Translator
  • George Gilder, Israel’s Non-Jewish Capitalist Champion
  • MK Danny Danon, Likud’s Rising Star
  • Ambassador Yehuda Avner, Working Alongside Five Prime Ministers
  • Professor Jerold Auerbach, Exploring the Fearless Jews of Chevron
  • Rabbi Chaim Druckman, Converting Russians in Israel
  • Morton Klein, God’s Gift to the ZOA
  • Libby Kahane, Widow of Rabbi Meir Kahane
  • Ronen Shoval, Heading Zionism’s ‘Second Revolution’
  • Herb Keinon, A Soldier’s Friend at the Jerusalem Post
  • Jews and Popular Culture

  • Lee Bienstock, Donald Trump’s ‘Almost Apprentice’
  • Marvin Silbermintz , Jay Leno’s Orthodox Joke Writer
  • Lenny Solomon, Shlock Rock’s Indefatigable Music Star
  • Nazis and the Holocaust

  • Professor Gerald Steinacher, Tracking Nazi Escape Roots
  • Efraim Zuroff, The Man Who Won’t Let Nazis Die in Peace
  • Emily Harrold, The Filmmaker Who Won’t Let The New York Times Off the Hook
  • Gregory Wallance, Holding the State Department’s Feet to the Fire
  • Professors With Something to Say

  • Professor Alan Dershowitz, Harvard University’s Most Famous Feisty Jew
  • Professor Marc Shapiro, Modern Orthodoxy’s Iconoclast
  • Professor Jeffrey Gurock, Examining America’s Unorthodox Orthodox Jews
  • Professor Robert Wistrich, Exploring the World’s Oldest Hatred
  • Professor Paul Kengor, Researching Obama’s Communist Mentor
  • Professor Daniel Rynhold, Teaching a More Controversial Jewish Philosophy
  • Morals in the Market

  • Rabbi Yehuda Levin, God’s Moral Crusader
  • Rabbi Dr. Aaron Levine, A Halachic Ethicist in the Marketplace
  • Ordained Novelists

  • Rabbi Sender Zeyv, A Different Kind of Storyteller
  • Rabbi Avner Gold, A Rabbi With a Novel Twist
  • The World of Blogs

  • Rabbi Gil Student, A Popular Blogger With a Mind of His Own
  • Rabbi Harry Maryles, Representing Rav Ahron Soloveichik in the Blogosphere
  • All About Rav Soloveitchik

  • Rabbi Aaron Rakeffet-Rothkoff, The Lakewood Boy Who Found His Rebbe in Yeshiva University
  • Rabbi David Holzer, Rav Soloveitchik’s Personal Shamash
  • Rabbi Julius Berman, Rav Soloveitchik’s Talmid – and Lawyer
  • Miscellaneous

  • Rabbi Nosson Scherman, Leading the ArtScroll Empire
  • Dr. Heskel Haddad, Helping the Forgotten Refugees: Jews From Arab Countries
  • Dr. Ari Greenspan, Bringing Techeles Back to Life
  • Alex Storozynski, Poland’s Ardent Defender
  • Dr. Alan Kadish, At the Helm of Touro
  • Hershey Friedman, The Man Who Took Over Rubashkin’s Plant
  • Governor David Paterson, New York’s Blind Executive
  • Cantor Sherwood Goffin, A Chazzan With a Mission
  • Seth Lipsky, Founder of The New York Sun
  • Miriam Rosenbaum, The First Orthodox Female Rhodes Scholar
  • Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Fighting Israel’s Battles at CUNY
  • Zalman Alpert, A Yeshiva University Librarian With a Story to Tell
  • Rabbi Moshe Tendler, Remembering His Father-In-Law, Rav Moshe Feinstein
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student serves on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.


    1. Rabbi Marc Angel, Rabbi Emeritus of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue
      Really? That’s what you think is most noteworthy about him under the topic Rabbis with a different twist on Judaism?

    2. Also, the links to the TOC and sample interview aren’t working. I’ll try and read some of his interviews on the Jewish Press site to get an idea of whether I’d like the book or not.

    3. The links work. You just have to wait a second.

    4. what did the author of the book mean when he called Rav Steinsaltz “a Tendentious Talmudic Mind?” I can’t figure out what he meant or if he knew how “tendentious” is used.

    5. I’m guessing he identifies Rabbi Angel only with S&P because that’s simply easier as a small blurb than everything else. If I can offer as a colleague of Elliot’s, his book is actually very well done and enjoyable.

    6. That’s some lineup- sounds like a great book! Ship some to Israel…

    7. I would have included Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo on this list as well…

    8. Links / ‘sp edition price’ don’t work for me either… maybe it’s a Mac thing??

    9. Lawrence Kaplan

      Maybe he meant “tenacious”

    10. Maybe he meant “tendentious” as in “argumentative” or “firmly opinionated.” The word can be used in that sense.

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