Michael J. Alter was a teacher for over forty years in Miami, Florida. Alter is also an established author, having published seven books including Why the Torah Begins with the Letter Beit (Jason Aronson, 1998) and What Is the Purpose of Creation: A Jewish Anthology (Jason Aronson, 1991). Both were chosen as the main selection of The Jewish Book News. In addition, Alter has assisted in editing several books in the field of Judaica. He is currently working on a researched series dealing with theological controversies between Judaism and Christianity.