Rabbi Greenspan

Posted on May 17, 2012

Rabbi Mark Greenspan

Rabbi Mark Greenspan lights fires at OJC and helps put them out in the town of Oceanside. He has been the spiritual leader of the Oceanside Jewish Center for over fifteen years and is chaplain of the Oceanside Fire Department. He was born in New York and raised in Florida; Rabbi Mark is a product of the Camp Ramah, USY, and Beth Torah Congregation in North Miami Beach. He is a graduate of the Joint Program of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University and was ordained at the Seminary in 1980.

Rabbi Greenspan has been a congregational rabbi for over thirty years, serving synagogues in New York, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. He is an active member of the Oceanside Interfaith Council, and is considered “unofficial rabbi” of the Friedberg JCC. Following the events of 9/11Rabbi Mark joined the local fire department as a structural volunteer firefighter and chaplain. He has served as president of the Rabbinical Assembly of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and is active in interfaith affairs in the community.

Rabbi Greenspan has a special interest in all things Passover. He has a collection of over 1000 Haggadot from all over the world. For the past eleven years, he has translated a new Hebrew commentary on the Haggadah each year which is given out on the eve of Passover at the fast of the first born children. So far he has created eleven Haggadot!

Rabbi Greenspan is author of ‘Torah Table Talk,’ a weekly guide to the Torah portion, and is passionate about encouraging everyone to make time for the study of Torah in their daily life. At the bottom of his e-mails one can find the following words: “All it takes to study Torah is an open heart, a curious mind and a desire to grow a Jewish soul.” He invites you to discover the wisdom and wonder of our heritage!

“I am very excited to announce that many of the commentaries that I have translated over the years now appear and an exciting new website that I recommend to you called SEFARIA. Sefaria is on its way to becoming the Wikipedia of Jewish texts – it includes an entire library of classical text with translations of various commentaries. It is an amazing resource!! Sefaria includes a full Haggadah with my commentaries attached to the various texts so that you can actually see multiple commentaries on any given passage.  To see the commentaries and the Haggadah visit the following site:”


About Sefaria

Sefaria is building the future of Jewish learning in an open and participatory way.

We are building a free living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and in translation. Our scope is Torah in the broadest sense, from Tanakh to Talmud to Zohar to modern texts and all the volumes of commentary in between. Sefaria is created, edited, and annotated by an open community.

Having digital texts enables us to create new, interactive interfaces for the Web, tablet and mobile which allow students and scholars around the world to freely learn and explore the interconnections among Torah texts.

Judaism’s core texts grew out of millennia-long conversations and arguments across generations. We envision creating an open space for ancient conversations to continue in new ways, with new participants, new questions, and new layers of dialogue.