Rabbi Lamm had a long and illustrious rabbinic career, and was for many years the rabbi of Beth Jacob of Beverly Hills, California, one of the largest Orthodox synagogues in the United States. He was the author of five major books, founder and President of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice, and Professor at Yeshiva University’s Rabbinical Seminary, where he held the Chair in Professional Rabbinics. He was an eloquent, famous orator and lectured around the world.
Rabbi Lamm’s most recent publications were Consolation and The Power of Hope, but he is most popularly known for his The Jewish Way In Death And Mourning, considered one of the seven best Jewish books by the New York Times. Rabbi Lamm also wrote The Jewish Way In Love And Marriage, Becoming A Jew on religious conversion, and Living Torah In America, besides hundreds of articles and pamphlets, many of which are available on this website.
One of his major contributions was the creation of the National Institute for Jewish Hospice (NIJH). NIJH has more than 55,000 subscribers; has motivated the creation of 61 Jewish Hospice Commissions; published many programs, pamphlets and the Jewish Hospice Manual. NIJH provides accreditation for Jewish hospices, provides training for medical and health care staffs, and provides consultation to them on hospice and the Jewish community.