About the Author


Rabbi Menachem Levine

Rabbi Menachem Levine is the CEO of JDBY-YTT, the largest Jewish school in the Midwest. He served as Rabbi of Congregation Am Echad in San Jose, CA from 2007 – 2020. He is a popular speaker and has written for numerous publications. Rabbi Levine’s personal website is https://thinktorah.org.


The Tragic History of the Jews of Spain

A comprehensive overview of the persecution, scholarship and expulsion of the Jews of Spain.

When England Expelled the Jews

And the rabbi who was instrumental in gaining them re-entry 400 years later.

Listen to the Silence

If you want to encounter God, you need to experience silence.

History of the Jews of Yemen

An ancient Jewish community that survived all odds and came home.

Tu B’Shvat’s Timely Message of Hope

Why does Tu B’Shvat, the celebration of the New Year for the Trees, fall in the dead of winter?

Lilith: The Real Story

Why it's a mistake to make Lilith an icon of Jewish feminism.

The Incredible Story of the Righteous Convert of Vilna

Who was Avraham ben Avraham, the righteous convert buried next to the Vilna Gaon?

Sir Moses Montefiore: A Brief History

He was a protector of the Jewish People and builder of the Land of Israel.

Judaism and Tattoos

Even though you can get buried in a Jewish cemetery if you have one, there are a number of compelling reasons why the Torah prohibits tattoos.

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