Rabbi Jacob Jaffe

Maimonides School/Minyan

March 5, 2019

Rabbi Dr. Yaakov Jaffe serves as the rabbi of the Maimonides Kehillah, in Brookline, Massachusetts, founded by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik in 1963, and as the Director of Tanach Studies at the Maimonides Middle and Upper Schools, and as a social sciences and Judaic studies teacher at the school. He received his ordination and doctorate from Yeshiva University, where he holds graduate degrees in Bible, Jewish History, and Jewish Education and where he also studied in YU’s Kollel Elyon for three years. Rabbi Jaffe also serves as the Menahel of the Boston Rabbinical Court, and formerly served as the director of the United States Bible Contest, the Chidon Hatanach. One of Rabbi Jaffe's areas of interest is his unique approach to Tanach and Hebrew poetry is informed by his degree in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and the historicist approach to the study of ancient texts. He has published more than two dozen scholarly articles on a wide array of topics, including Tanach and Jewish Philosophy. He lectures widely in the Boston area and recently completed a stint teaching at the Meah Program of Boston’s Hebrew College.