Mitchell First Esq, has a J.D. from Columbia Law School and an M.A. in Jewish History from Yeshiva University. He has published articles on Jewish history, liturgy, and etymology in periodicals such as Biblical Archaeology Review, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, Ḥakirah and AJS Review. He is presently a columnist for the Jewish Link of New Jersey. He is a practicing attorney in New York City, and resides with his wife Sharon in Teaneck, N.J. He has authored four books. The first was Jewish History in Conflict: A Study of the Major Discrepancy Between Rabbinic and Conventional Chronology (1997). This was the book of the month in the Jewish Book Club in August 1997. In 2015, he authored Esther Unmasked: Solving Eleven Mysteries of the Jewish Holidays and Liturgy. In 2018, he authored Roots and Rituals: Insights into Hebrew, Holidays, and History. The last has been described as “entertaining, erudite and enjoyable,” “full of First’s trademark wit,” and “a wonderful book, I recommend it highly.” In 2021, he authored Links to Our Legacy: Insights into Hebrew, History, and Liturgy, which has also received excellent reviews.