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Rabbi 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 editor of Rabbi Eliezer Melamed’s Peninei Halakha series in English and cofounder of HaMapah, a project that applies quantitative analysis to rabbinic literature. He is a founding editor of The Lehrhaus, a web magazine of contemporary Jewish thought, and his writing has appeared in numerous Jewish publications. His original writing has appeared in Commentary, Moment, Jewish Review of Books, Mosaic, Journal of Halakha and Contemporary Society, The Forward, and New York Jewish Week. Among the issues he writes about are religion and politics in Israel; the interplay between legal and nonlegal elements of the Talmud; Jewish religious culture; and Central European Jewish History. He has translated and edited numerous books and articles by renowned authors. Originally from Baltimore, he currently resides in Modiin, Israel, with his wife and four children.