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Born into a rabbinic family in Boston, Massachusetts, Rabbi Miller studied in yeshivot in New York and Jerusalem, and spent seven years at the Institute for Advanced Learning in Lakewood, New Jersey.  Among his teachers were his uncle, Rabbi Avigdor Miller, Rabbi Shneur Kotler of Lakewood, and the internationally-recognized authority on Jewish law Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.

In 1978 Rabbi Miller moved to Pittsburgh as a founding member of that city’s Community Kollel, becoming the Kollel’s Director of Community Education Programs in 1983.  In 1985 he became the spiritual leader of Pittsburgh’s Congregation Poale Zedeck, a position he held until moving to Calgary and House of Jacob Mikveh Israel in July of 2009.

Rabbi Miller served as an officer of Pittsburgh’s Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and on the Executive Committee of Pittsburgh’s Rabbinical Council.  He founded and directed Pittsburgh’s Volunteer Chevrah Kadishah, co-founded and directed that city’s non-profit Kashrut Council, and co-founded the Pittsburgh Bet Din for Conversion to Judaism, recognized as the Regional Rabbinic Court affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America.

Rabbi Miller has been honored with Rabbinic Leadership Awards by the Orthodox Union, by Torah Umesorah/National Society for Hebrew Day Schools, and a special award by United Jewish Federation for his work in the Unity Project, which seeks to build bridges between Jewish groups of different orientations.  He is the author of four books of essays on Jewish thought: “Guardian of Eden”, published by Feldheim; and “What’s Wrong With Being Human?”, “What’s Wrong With Being Happy?”, and “A Gift for Yomtov”, published by Artscroll.  He recently completed work on a book of essays tentatively titled “Questions You Forgot to Ask Your Rabbi”.

Rabbi Miller has served as scholar-in-residence in congregations in England, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, and communities across the United States, as well as the Council of Rabbis of the Provinces of Great Britain, and alumni of New York’s Yeshiva Chafetz Chaim.  He is well-known for an approach that is rich in content, intellectual yet accessable, with an added dose of humor to bring his message home.

Rabbi Miller’s wife Debby, whose father was the Rabbi of Great Britain’s third-largest congregation and the author of several books on Judaism, grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, and graduated with a degree in Jewish education from the world-famous Gateshead Jewish Teachers Training College.  Over the last thirty years she has taught virtually every grade in Jewish day schools, and currently teaches at Akiva Academy.

The Millers are the proud parents of eleven children and thirty grandchildren (so far!)

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