Elliott Rabin is the Project & Content Development Director at Prizmah. He is the editor of HaYidion, Prizmah’s theme-based magazine for day school leaders. Elliott came to Prizmah from RAVSAK: The Jewish Community Day School Network, one of the five legacy organizations, where he managed and developed educational programs for students, teachers and administrators. Previous gigs include educational director at Makor, a defunct center of the 92nd St. Y; professor of Jewish studies, comparative religion, Hebrew and literature at the University of Louisville and other venues; and assistant editor at Harper’s Magazine. Among the sins of his youth, he picked grapes in France with a roving band of gypsies.
Elliott devotes his energies to the quest for resonance. Resonance has two meanings: “the quality in a sound of being deep, full, and reverberating”; “the reinforcement or prolongation of sound by reflection from a surface or by the synchronous vibration of a neighboring object.” In other words, he responds to writers, artists, speakers who strive to go far beyond the surface and contemplate things deep and profound, as well as those works drawing connections that surprise and illuminate the world outside and inside our minds. In his work as editor, he tries to keep writers focused on presenting a consistent and compelling argument offering guidance and inspiration for day school stakeholders.
Elliott received a doctorate in comparative literature, with a concentration in Hebrew literature and biblical studies, from Indiana University. He published an introduction to Tanakh, Understanding the Hebrew Bible: A Reader’s Guide, and has written a second book, on the biblical model of the hero, currently under review. Elliott is honored to be affiliated with so many dedicated educators who regard the pursuit of learning as not preparation for life but the very essence of life. When not reading and writing, he enjoys playing games, a walk in the woods, and watching old movies with his family.