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About the Author

Yaakov Astor

Yaakov Astor's newest book is The Hidden Hand-The Holocaust. He is also author of, Soul Searching: Seeking Scientific Foundation for the Jewish Tradition of an Afterlife, and The Hidden Hand: Uncovering Divine Providence in Major Events of the 20th Century.

A former yeshiva teacher and principal, who has also taught in various kiruv/outreach capacities, he has written or edited more than 25 books, including Sefer Nehemiah and Trei Asar, Vol. 1, in the ArtScroll Tanach Series. He has been a frequent contributor to Aish.com, the largest Jewish content site on the web, and has also published numerous articles over the years in The Jewish Observer, Mishpachah Magazine, Yated Ne'eman and other publications.

He has worked with Rabbi Joseph Elias, shlita, on producing the Holocaust Curriculum for Torah Umesorah. He is currently working with Rabbi Berel Wein producing an online Jewish History course for the Destiny Foundation. Visit his website at: www.jewishsoulsearching.com

 

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