Rav Amnon Bazak studied at the Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem and then came to study at Yeshivat Har Etzion. In the context of the Hesder Program, he served in the military rabbinate, and has received Semicha and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the Herzog College. Rav Bazak served as a Ram at Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School and since 1999, as a Ram in Yeshivat Har Etzion. Likewise, he teaches Tanach at the Herzog College and at the SKA Beit Midrash for Women in Migdal Oz, and edits the weekly journal Shabbat BeShabbato, as well as other books. He authored the 2 volume sefer, Nekudat Peticha - short studies in peshuto shel mikra arranged by order of parsha, based on his column in Shabbat BeShabbato, as well as Makbilot Nifgashot, highlighting literary parallels in Sefer Shmuel.
Rav Ezra Bick a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since his aliya from New York in 1977, currently teaches a second-year shiur for Israeli students. He is Director of the Yeshiva's Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash Prbaroject, with more than 20 shiurim on varying levels reaching tens of thousands of individuals worldwide. Rav Bick earned his Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and holds an M.S. degree in Jewish Philosophy from YU and a M. Phil. degree in Philosophy from Columbia University. He is the author of Yud-Gimel Middot Shel Rachamim [hebrew], 10 shiurim on the human condition and man's relationship with the Ribbono Shel Olam.
Rav Shlomo Brin studied at the Netev Meir Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem and joined Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1974. He served in the IDF as a combat medic in the context of the Hesder Program and fought in the Yom Kippur War and the Peace for Galilee War. He studied at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem for a brief period, and afterwards, returned to Yeshivat Har Etzion. Today, Rav Brin serves as a Ram for first-year students in the Yeshiva, as well as teaching in the Yeshiva and Herzog College. He is in the midst of a Masters program in Jewish Philosophy at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Rav Brin is a member of the Yeshiva Board and serves as Deputy Chairman. Son-in-law to Rav Yehuda Amital zt"l, Rav Brin is married to Tali; they have 6 children and live in Alon Shevut.
Rav Hezy Cohen was born in Jerusalem in 1972. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion for 10 years, beginning in 1990, and earned his B.Ed. in Education and Oral Law from Herzog College. During his years in the Kollel, he received Semicha in 1998. He served in the IDF Artillery Unit in the Hesder program and currently does reserve duty as an army rabbi in the artillery unit. Since 2001, he has headed the recruitment program of Israeli students to the Yeshiva and has served as educational coordinator for first-year students. He also studied for two years at Beit Morasha in Jerusalem and two years in the Merhav Program of Memizrach Shemesh, a Beit Midrash and Center for Jewish Social Activism and Leadership. He is studying towards a Master’s degree at Herzog College.
Rav Pini Cohen first came to the yeshiva as a talmid in the Midreshet Torah veAvoda [MTA] program in 1994. Rav Pini earned his Semicha from the Rabbanut, and holds a degree in Business Management and Psychology from the University of South Africa, as well as a B.Ed. from the Herzog College. Rav Pini currently teaches Gemara, Hashkafa and Halacha to the South African and Australian talmidim. He has also been teaching at the Gush Etzion Regional Elementary School for the past ten years.
Rav Michael Edrei studied in Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School and joined the Hesder Program at Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1990. He served in the Golani Unit in the IDF. He received Semicha and earned a degree in law and economics from Bar-Ilan Univesity. In addition to his Semicha studies, he studied dayanut at the Eretz Hemda Institute in Jerusalem.He previously served as a Ram at the Yeshivat Hesder in Acco from 2007-2011. He joined the staff of Yeshivat Har Etzion in 2011 as a Ram for Shiur Bet.
Rav Uzi Friedlich began his advanced Torah studies at Yeshivat Merkaz Harav in 1967. With the establishment of Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1968, Rav Friedlich joined the first class and became a founder of the Yeshiva and of Alon Shevut. Today, Rav Friedlich serves as Mashgiach and Spiritual Director of the Yeshiva.
Rav Mordechai Friedman [YHE '78] has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1986. He is the Halacha Coordinator for the Virtual Beit Midrash, the Yeshiva's Internet Project. Rav Friedman studied under Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik zt"l at Yeshiva University in New York, graduating with a degree in Computer Sciences. He earned Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
Rav Amichai Gordin studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion for fifteen years, beginning in 1991. Ten years of that period were spent in the shiur of Rosh HaYeshiva Harav Aharon Lichtenstein shelit"a, whom he regards as his rebbe and his principle source of knowledge and inspiration. Rav Gordin taught at the Netiv Meir and Sha'alabim yeshiva high schools, serving at the latter also as deputy Rosh Yeshiva for two years. Together with his fellow students from Yeshivat Har Etzion, Rav Chaimi Navon and Rav Shimoni Garti, he led the project of publishing Shiurei Harav Lichtenstein. In 2007 he joined the Yeshivat Har Etzion staff, and currently teaches 2nd year (shana bet) students.
Rav Dovid Gottlieb, the former rabbi of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, in Baltimore, MD, came to Israel on sabbatical in 2009 and spent the year learning and teaching in the Yeshivat Har Etzion Beit Midrash. Since making Aliyah, in 2010, Rabbi Gottlieb has taught at a number of yeshivot and seminaries and has also been commissioned by OU Press to write a book about the laws of Yom Tov. Rabbi Gottlieb is the rabbi and co-founder of Ganei Ha’Ela, a new community being built in the suburbs of Ramat Beit Shemesh.
Rabbi Gottlieb studied at Yeshivat Shaalvim and then at Yeshiva College and the Bernard Revel Graduate School, where he concentrated on General and Jewish Philosophy. Rabbi Gottlieb received Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he was also a member of their prestigious Wexner Kollel Elyon. In addition to co-editing two rabbinic journals, Rabbi Gottlieb is the author of Ateret Yaakov, a book of in-depth essays about a wide range of halachic topics. Over 450 of Rabbi Gottlieb’s classes and articles are available online at www.yutorah.org.
Rav Yishai Jeselson [Hesder Machzor 49] has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 2016. The son of an alumnus, Rav Jeselson learned in Yeshivat Makor Chaim before entering Har Etzion. Rav Jeselson completed his Hesder army service in the Nachal Brigade, and then attained semikha from the rabbanut. He is also currently pursuing a degree in Special Education from Herzog College, which he hopes to complete by the end of this academic year (2017). Rav Jeselson currently teaches an Israeli Shiur Bet shiur.
Rav Yair Kahn [YHE '77] head of the Post College Students Program, has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1987. He teaches an Israeli shiur, one into which the Overseas students integrate comfortably. Rav Kahn has been the coordinator of the Virtual Beit Midrash Gemara Iyun Shiur for several years. Originally from NY, Rav Kahn studied at Chaim Berlin, Yeshiva University, and Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rav Kahn is also the editor of the Shiurei Hagrid series published by the Toras Horav Foundation and Mossad Harav Kook.
Rav Tzvi Chaim Kaye [YHE '01] has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 2016. He presently is Night Seder Ram for the entire yeshiva.
Rav Elyakim Krumbein came on aliya from New York in 1973 following his studies at Yeshiva College, joining the Kollel at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He has been teaching at Yeshiva since 1981, currently heading the Tochnit Bekiut. He also served as a Pedagogic Advisor at the Herzog College, supervising the fieldwork of third-year Herzog College students. Rav Krumbein's guides for self-study on the Bavot, Ketubot and other Massechtot are widely used by Yeshiva students and alumni. He is the author of Sho'el K'inyan, two volumes of study guides on Gittin and Kiddushin. He recently published Musar for Moderns (KTAV), an introductory course in musar for the contemporary Jew.
Rav Menachem Leibtag [YHE '77] headed the Overseas Program at Yeshivat Har Etzion for over a decade, after completing the Hesder Program and academic studies at Machon Lev, the Jerusalem College of Technology. His Tanach classes at Yeshiva, emphasizing biblical theme and structure, have opened his students' eyes to new dimensions within the text, while transmitting a deeper appreciation of Torah values. He was instrumental in creating the Yeshiva's Virtual Beit Midrash, which today reaches tens of thousands of readers worldwide, and then initiated the Tanach Study Center, his own comprehensive program for the study of Tanach on the Internet. He also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum and Yeshivat Sha'alvim.
Rav Shlomo Levy studied at the Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem and joined Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1969. He has served as a Ram in the Yeshiva since 1974, and also taught at Yeshivat Shavei Chevron and at Yeshivat "Birkat Moshe" in Ma'alei Adumim. Today, Rav Shlomo Levy heads the Halacha Kollel in the Yeshiva, and teaches in the Yeshiva and at Beit Morasha in Jerusalem. He also serves as a Dayan in the monetary courts of Alon Shevut and Kiryat Arba.
Rav Yitzchak Levy served in the Intelligence Corps in the IDF, reaching the rank of Major in the standing army. Upon his discharge from the army, he joined the Kollel of Yeshivat Har Etzion where he studied for nine years, while simultaneously earning a Bachelor's degree in Jewish History and Archeology. Rav Levy headed the Ulpana in Elkana for four years and afterwards, returned to the Yeshiva. Today, he serves as the Mashgiach of Yeshivat Har Etzion and teaches Tanach and Eretz Yisrael Studies at the Herzog College.
Rav Nechemia Ra'anan studied at Yeshivat Sha’alvim High School. Afterwards, he studied at Yeshivat Merkaz HaRav from 1991-1994. In 1995, he began the Hesder Program at Ma’alot Yaakov and served in the Nahal Unit in the IDF. In 1996, became a founding member of Yeshivat Siach Sadeh (headed by Rav Shagar zt”l and Rav Yair Dreyfus) where he studied until 2001. From 2002-2009, he was a member of the Kollel Gavoha of Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rav Ra’anan earned his Semicha and completed a Bachelor of Education degree from Herzog College. He has also served as a Ram at Mekor Chayim Yeshiva High School in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion. In 2010, he joined the staff of Yeshivat Har Etzion and serves as a Ram for Shiur Bet.
Rav Hillel Rachmani studied at the Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem and began his studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1970. He received a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Master's degree from Touro College. Rav Rachmani currently heads the Jewish Thought Department at Yeshivat Har Etzion, and teaches in the Yeshiva and Herzog College, at Midreshet Matan in Jerusalem and at the Midrasha for Women of Bar Ilan University.
Rav Daniel Rhein has been at Yeshivat Har Etzion since Elul 2001. He earned his Semicha from Yeshiva University/RIETS, and an MS in Secondary Jewish Education from Yeshiva University Ferkauf/Azrieli. Rav Rhein was the Founding Prinicpal at Block Yeshiva High School in St Louis, served as Principal at Ohr Torah HS in NY, Rebbe and Assistant Principal at MTA , Rebbe and Director of Guidance at HAFTR, and Rebbe and mashgiach ruchani at Beit Midrash L'Torah. He also has many years experience in informal Jewish education, including serving on the Chinuch staff at Camp Mesorah, and as the Director of the educational staff at Morasha.
Rav Yosef-Tzvi Rimon studied at the Netiv Meir Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem and joined Yeshivat Har Etzion in 1987. He served in the Armored Corps in the context of his army service in the Hesder Program and earned a Bachelor of Education degree from the Herzog College. In 2001, Rav Rimon headed the Halacha Program in the Yeshiva's Kollel, and published a book "Shiurei Shevi'it" on the laws of Shemitta. Today, Rav Rimon serves as the Rabbinic Head of the Jerusalem College of Technology, as a neighborhood Rav in Alon Shevut Darom, and teaches classes in halacha for the entire Yeshiva. In addition, he publishes study sheets on various halachic topics and teaches at the Herzog College and at the Beit Midrash for Women in Migdal Oz. Rav Rimon was awarded the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism on Yom Yerushalayim, 2014, for his monumental project – JobKatif – on behalf of the Jews of Gush Katif.
Rav Doniel Schreiber [YHE '86] has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1994, and he is the founding Dean of the Yeshivat Har Etzion Center for Torah Leadership. He has Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and an MA in Medieval Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School. Rabbi Schreiber also lectures regularly in halacha in the community of Alon Shevut, and has been delivering a weekly evening halacha shiur to men and women in Jerusalem since 1997, first at Kehillat Moriah until 2003, and then at the Hildesheimer Shul until the present. He is the author of an Internet shiur entitled "The Laws of Shabbat" for the Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash, has published articles in various books and Torah journals, and has served as scholar-in-residence in various communities in Israel, the United States, and South Africa. His shiurim emphasize reaching a clear halachic conclusion while showcasing the dynamic and conceptual system of halacha as it emerges from the gemara, rishonim, and poskim. Rabbi Schreiber and his wife, together with their eight children, live in Alon Shevut.
Rav Yehuda Shaviv studied at Yeshivat Kerem Be’Yavneh. In 1968, he joined Yeshivat Har Etzion as a Ram for the first class of the Yeshiva and continued as a Ram until 2003 when he retired. He has published numerous articles and books on a wide range of topics in Tanach, Jewish Thought, Halacha and Gemara.
Rav Shmuel Shimoni studied at Yeshiva Tichonit Neve Shmuel, and began his studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Elul 5755 (1995). He served under Hesder in the artillery unit, and upon completion, continued his studies at the yeshiva and later in the Kollel Gavoa. Rav Shimoni earned a teaching certificate and bachelor's degree in education at Herzog College as well as a bachelor’s degree in Law at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After clerking at the Supreme Court and working as a legal assistant and as an attorney, Rav Shimoni returned to Har Etzion as Ram.
Rav Binyamin Tabory a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1979, received Semicha and a Master's in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University. Rav Tabory previously served as Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Bnei Akiva High School in Toronto. He was the founding Rosh Kollel of the Torah Mitzion Kollel in Cleveland, the first Zionist Kollel in North America. In addition to his fourth-year shiur for Israeli students at the Yeshiva, he also taught for many years at Midreshet Moriah in Jerusalem. Rav Tabory authored a shiur for the Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash, The Weekly Mitzva, and gives a weekly shiur at KMTT - Ki Mitzion Teitze Torah - The Torah Podcast, the yeshiva's mp3 Torah project in English, and at KESHET - Kol Shidurei Torah - The Torah Podcast, the yeshiva's mp3 Torah project in Hebrew.
Rav Moshe Taragin [YHE '83] has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion since 1994. He has Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a BA in Computer Science from Yeshiva College, and an MA in English Literature from City University. Rabbi Taragin previously taught Talmud at Columbia University, lectured in Talmud and Bible at the IBC and JSS divisions of Yeshiva University, and served as Assistant Rabbi at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue. In addition, Rabbi Taragin currently teaches at the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. He is the author of an Internet shiur entitled "Talmudic Methodology" with over 5,000 subscribers, and authors an audio shiur for KMTT - Ki Mitzion Teitze Torah - The Torah Podcast, entitled "Redemptive Sketches." Short divrei Torah related to the parsha of the week can be accessed here. You can also follow Rav Taragin on Twitter.
Mr. Eli Weber '81, a former Partner at Clifford Chance, graduated from Yeshiva University and Columbia Law School; he studied for three years before and after college at Yeshivat Har Etzion. Eli and his wife Elka and family lived in Teaneck for many years. They have made Aliya and currently live in Efrat. Eli has been closely associated with the yeshiva and the Etzion Foundation for over 30 years – as a talmid, board member, Dinner Guest of Honor, and now as staff. As of Elul 2011, Eli serves the yeshiva as the Director of the William Major z"l Overseas Program.
Rav Daniel Wolf [YHE '75] has been teaching at Yeshivat Har Etzion since 1983. He received his Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Yeshiva University and an M.Sc. degree in Operations Research from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. He also conducts seminars and private consultations helping (needy and other) Israeli families manage their finances, especially mortgages. Rav Wolf has combined his unique economics and halachic expertise to develop a special perspective on ribbit and other financial-halachic issues. Consequently he is available for halakhic consultations for ribbit issues in legal contracts. Rav Wolf has also developed a special curriculla for teaching gemara, including a multi-year program teaching central topics of the talmud. In two areas (Seder Nashim and Taharot) his students have written and published (under his supervision and guidance) well received books based on those lectures, Mincha LeAharon, and Mincha Tehora, respectively. Taharot is a specialty not generally learned in yeshivot and Rav Wolf has delved into this area and has developed an exceptional forte in this challenging area.