Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein


Rabbi Adlerstein is the Director of Interfaith Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Los Angeles-based human rights organization and global NGO. He holds the Sydney M Irmas Adjunct Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics at Loyola Law School, and 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 writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,  Los Angeles Times, The National Law Journal, First Things, Tradition, the Los Angeles Daily Law Journal, and a host of Jewish and general printed and electronic media.  He lectures and writes on topics as diverse as the application of Jewish law to contemporary ethical dilemma, the works of Maharal of Prague and others of the mystical tradition, and the use of computers in Jewish life.  He was frequently heard on KABC’s Religion on the Line, and cohosted the weekly “Rabbis With Attitude” on KCSN, exploring current issues from a Jewish perspective.  He is probably the most interviewed and quoted spokesperson for Torah issues in Southern California  (Atlanta Jewish Life Magazine called him “the go-to-guy for the media when it’s looking for a sane Orthodox voice for comment.)  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.  His most recent book is an adaptation of the modern classic Nesivos Shalom by the Slonimer Rebbe.


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, and a great start on the next generation.