This site contains almost all of the writings of Rabbi Emanuel Rackman. For a brief bio of his life please click here.

His most republished work was One Man’s Judaism and is a major exposition of Modern Orthodox thought.

His second volume has essays that add to his oeuvre – Modern Halakha for our Times.

A Modern Orthodox Life is the third volume, containing sermons and columns written for the NY Jewish Week over a three decade period which were widely read and recopied throughout the United States. And those of you who are turned off by sermons should give these a try. They are amazing.

And there are many other articles to browse.

We would also like to hear from those of you who have stories to tell about Rabbi Rackman. Please forward them via email here.

Thank you and shalom,
Joseph R. Rackman

A legacy in writing...

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The archive contains many articles, books, and other materials written by Rabbi Rackman.  You can search the website for something specific, and view or download any of his writings in PDF form.

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Who was Rabbi Rackman?

About Rabbi Rackman

Rabbi (Menachem) Emanuel Rackman (Hebrew: מנחם עמנואל רקמןMenachem ‘immanuel Raqman; June 24, 1910 in Albany – December 1, 2008) was an American Modern Orthodox Rabbi, who held pulpits in major congregations and helped draw attention to the plight of Refuseniks in the then-Soviet Union and attempted to resolve the dilemma of the Agunah, a woman who cannot remarry because her husband will not grant a Get, the required religious divorce decree that would free her to remarry under Halacha.

Rackman was born in Albany, New York on June 24, 1910. He graduated from the Talmudical Academy in 1927, as its valedictorian. Rackman asked for a one-year deferral from Columbia University, and spent the entire year working towards semicha at Yeshiva University (YU), where he was in the shiur of Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik. The following year he started splitting his time, spending half of each day at Columbia and…

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