Authors Posts by Elli Fischer

Elli Fischer

Elli Fischer
Elli Fischer is an independent writer, translator, and rabbi. Previously, he was the JLIC rabbi and campus educator at the University of Maryland. He holds BA and MS degrees from Yeshiva University, rabbinical ordination from Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, and is working toward a doctorate in Jewish History at Tel Aviv University. He is a founding editor of The Lehrhaus and has written for Jewish Review of Books, Mosaic, Forward, the Jewish Week and elsewhere. He is cofounder of HaMapah, a digital project to trace the "Rabbinic Republic of Letters". He is the translator of By Faith Alone: The Story of Rabbi Yehuda Amital and the editor of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halakha series in English. Originally from Baltimore, he currently resides in Modiin, Israel, with his wife and four children.

Cultural Migrations of a Hanukkah Pilgrimage

Elli Fischer explores the ideological components of developments in Hanukkah traditions.

The Patron Saint of Rabbis’ Kids

The father heard the voice of God, Elli Fischer explains, but the son ends up with the blade on his neck.

In God’s Country: The “Zionism” of Rashi’s First Comment

Elli Fischer reads one of Rashi's most famous comments against the grain.

A Prayer at the Grave of Franz Rosenzweig

Elli Fischer's thoughts on visiting the grave of Franz Rosenzweig, founder of the original Lehrhaus