About the Author of this Site

Let me introduce myself.  I am Marilyn Finkelman.  I am trained as an attorney, and taught Writing and Research for many years at Wayne State University and at McGeorge School of Law.  I graduated from Hunter College High School and Barnard College.
 
I got to know Sefer haHinnuch when my youngest son, Yaacov, was in elementary school and was not getting as thorough a Jewish education in school as I would have liked.  I started learning Sefer haHinnuch with him, and, when we got about half way through, I began to appreciate how wonderful a work it is.  I have taught this course twice since, in Berkeley, CA, and for Ma'ayan in Boston, MA.  This web site tracks my teaching this project for the fourth time, now in the Detroit metropolitan area.
 
I have been married to Rabbi Dr. Eliezer Finkelman for just short of forty years.  We have four children: Svia, Yoel, Chaim and Yaacov; two wonderful kids-in-law, Mendy and Nava; and eleven grandchildren. 
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