Hello and welcome to Finkorswim.com. My name is Eliyahu Fink (I also go by Eli, eee-lie not eh-lee) and when I started this blog I was the recently hired rabbi at the Pacific Jewish Center, also known as the Shul on the Beach, in Venice California. I was the rabbi there for 6 and half years. The name of this blog made more sense when I was the rabbi on the beach (read about that here: Why Finkorswim?), but the name sticks for now.
I blogged almost every day for about 4-5 years and built a pretty big blog audience. As blog readership declined across the Internet, I devoted more time to microblogging on Facebook. I wrote fewer posts on the blog from 2013-2015, but there are more essays and long-reads that are worth your time.
Now I devote my writing and creative time to the Shul on the Internet. Come check us out at shulontheinternet.com.
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While working as Rabbi at PJC, I graduated Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.
I come from a long line of rabbis and Jewish community activists.
I attended the Mechina High School of the Ner Israel Rabbinical College and developed a love for learning Torah, questioning Jewish ideas, and trying to understand and explain Judaism.
Following High School I attended the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway.
After a few years in YFR, I got married and became a fellow in Kollel Avodas Levi back in Ner Israel. It is there that I studied for Rabbinic Ordination and I was ordained following my examination in 2005.
I was recruited to work as a Rabbi for the Jewish Awareness Movement run by Bracha Zaret on the University of Southern California campus. It was there that I worked especially hard to understand how the Torah system works and began teaching these ideas to whomever was interested. I took about 200 college students on inspiring trips to Israel and New York. I maintain many of those relationships to this very day.
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I also blogged at Haaretz.com. for a while. Check out The Lighthouse.