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Rav Amnon Bazak

Rav Amnon Bazak is a Shiur Bet Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion, and teaches Bible and Oral Law at the Herzog College and the Women's Beit Midrash in Migdal Oz. He completed his Hesder army service in the military rabbinate, was later ordained as a rabbi and received his B.Ed. degree at Herzog College for Teacher Training. Rav Bazak has authored several books on Tanakh study, including: 'Shmuel Alef: Melekh in Israel,' 'Shmuel Bet: David's Kingship,' and 'Nekudat Peticha - Studies in Parshat Hashavua.' In his book 'Ad HaYom HaZeh,' he presents a comprehensive way of dealing with questions arising from biblical criticism. Hundreds of his lessons, written and recorded, are on the website of the Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash of Yeshivat Har Etzion. Rav Bazak has also edited many books, among them Harav Amital's book 'VeHaAretz Natan Livnei Adam' and a series of Holiday books published by Herzog College.

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Rav Ezra Bick

Rav Ezra Bick, a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion since his aliya from New York in 1977, is the Director of the Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash, with more than 30 weekly shiurim and tens of thousands of monthly users. 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,' and 'The Shemona Esrei.'

Rav Bick is currently teaching a shana vav shiur in Yeshiva, which has been especially designed to meet the needs of students who are concurrently attending Hebrew University together with their yeshiva studies. 

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Rav Assi Blank
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Rav Assi Blank, an alumnus of Hesder machzor 23. Upon completing his studies here in yeshiva, Rav Assi served as a Ram for many years in Midreshet Ein HaNetziv. For the years 5769-5775, he also served as the Rav of Kibbutz Ein HaNetziv. In 5775, Rav Assi founded the women's midrasha Neta - Beit She'an and served at its head. As of Elul 5779, Rav Assi has returned to the yeshiva, to serve as the Menahel Chinuchi.

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Rav Shlomo Brin

Rav Shlomo Brin studied at the Nativ Meir Yeshiva High School in Jerusalem, and in 1974 joined Yeshivat Har Etzion. In the context of the Hesder Program, he served in the IDF as a combat medic and fought in the Yom Kippur War and the Peace for Galilee War. For a short time he studied at the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and then returned to continue his studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion. In 1983 he was appointed as Ram. Rav Brin received a B.Ed. from Herzog College and studied for a master's degree in the Department of Jewish Thought at Hebrew University. Today, Rav Brin serves as a Ram for Shiur Heh, teaches at Herzog College and serves as chairman of the College's Executive Committee. Son-in-law to Rav Yehuda Amital zt"l, Rav Brin is married to Tali; they have 6 children and live in Alon Shevut.

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Rav Pini Cohen

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.

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Rav Michael Edrei

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. In addition to his work at the yeshiva, Rabbi Adrei serves as the rabbi of the Kfar Maimon and Tushia communities since 2014.

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Rav Uzi Friedlich

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. Rav Uzi served for many years as Mashgiach and spiritual director of the yeshiva. Rav Uzi retired from his official duties over Elul 1990, but he continues to illuminate the beit midrash with his presence, personality and wisdom, and thus we continue to be blessed.

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Rav Mordechai Friedman

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.

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Rav Amichai Gordin

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.

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Rav Dovid Gottlieb

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. 

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Rav Yishai Jeselson

Rav Yishai Jeselson [Hesder Machzor 42] 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. 

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Rav Yair Kahn

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 Kaye

Rav Tzvi Chaim Kaye [YHE '01]. After completing a degree in mathematics in University College London, Rav Tzvi returned to the yeshiva to learn in 2006. He joined the Kollel Gevoah until he became a Ram in 2016 as Ram Seder Erev, and periodically as a Ram of Shana Alef.

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Rav Elyakim Krumbein

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.

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Rav Menachem Leibtag

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.

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Rav Shlomo Levy
Rosh Halacha Kollel

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, Yeshivat Yerucham and at Yeshivat "Birkat Moshe" in Ma'alei Adumim. In 2005 he founded the Yeshivat Hesder Yeshiva in Kiryat Gat and headed it for ten years. Today he is the head of Har Etzion's halacha kollel, giving shiurim in yeshiva. He also serves as a dayan at the local Rabbinical Court in Alon Shvut.

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Rav Yitzchak Levy

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. Until Elul 5778, Rav Yitzchak served as the Mashgiach of Yeshivat Har Etzion and taught Tanach and Eretz Yisrael Studies at the Herzog College. He continues to author shiurim for the Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash on Mikdash - the Temple. Click here to read Rav Levy's description of his 40-year relationship with the yeshiva. 

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Rav Nechemia Ra'anan

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 2011 he joined the staff of Yeshivat Har Etzion and serves as a Shana Alef Ram. He teaches as well at the SKA Beit Midrash for Women in Migdal Oz.

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Rav Hillel Rachmani

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. Until his recent retirement, Rav Rachmani headed the Jewish Thought Department at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He continues to teach in the Yeshiva and Herzog College, at Midreshet Matan in Jerusalem and at the Midrasha for Women of Bar Ilan University.

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Rav Daniel Rhein

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.

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Rav Yosef-Tzvi Rimon
Halakha Instructor

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.

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Rav Doniel Schreiber

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.

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Rav Yehuda Shaviv z"l

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 published numerous articles and books on a wide range of topics in Tanach, Jewish Thought, Halacha and Gemara. Rav Shaviv passed away on December 21, 2018. Yehi zichro baruch.

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Rav Shmuel Shimoni

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 and master'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.

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Rav Binyamin Tabory
Ram Emeritus

Rav Binyamin Tabory z"l, a talmid of Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik and talmid-chaver of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l, received semikha from Yeshivat Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan and a Master’s degree in Jewish Philosophy from Yeshiva University. For more than thirty years, beginning in 1979, he gave an advanced Gemara shiur in Yeshivat Har Etzion. He previously served as rosh yeshiva in Toronto, Canada, at Yeshivat Or Chaim and Ulpanat Orot, and was the founding rosh kollel of the Torah Mitzion Kollel in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as the Rav of Kehillat Alei Tzion in London. For over twenty years, Rav Tabory taught at Midreshet Moriah, a women’s learning center in Jerusalem, and at Sha’alvim for Women as well. Rav Tabory authored a written shiur for the Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash, The Weekly Mitzva, and an audio shiur at KMTT - Ki Mitzion Teitze Torah - The Torah Podcast, the yeshiva's mp3 Torah project in English, as well as at KESHET - Kol Shidurei Torah - The Torah Podcast, the yeshiva's mp3 Torah project in Hebrew. His shiurim have appeared in various publications and websites devoted to Torah study. See also The Weekly Mitzva, published by Maggid. Rav Tabory passed away 3 Elul 5779. Yehi zichro baruch.

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Rav Moshe Taragin

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.

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Eli Weber
Director of the William Major z"l Overseas Program

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.

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Rav Baruch Weintraub

Rav Baruch Weintraub was born in Ramat Gan and is a graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion (Machzor 35). He fulfilled his Hesder army duty as a tank soldier in the Armored Corps. After completing Hesder, Rav Baruch continued his studies at Yeshivat Har Etzion in the framework of the Kollel Gavoha and received semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Between the years 5771-5774 he served as the Assistant Head of the Torah MiTzion / Yeshiva University (YU) Beit Midrash in Toronto. After returning to Israel, he was appointed community rabbi of Mevaser Zion, Tel Mond. In 2018, Rav Baruch returned to the yeshiva, teaching a shana bet shiur, alongside Rav Yair Kahn and Rav Yishai Jeselsohn.

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The Annual Tanakh Yemei Iyun - virtual this year - was a spectacular success. Hope you enjoyed!


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65 Har Etzion Hesder Talmidim alongside other chayalim packing boxes of essential items for the elderly and those in isolation quarantined in their homes, at the outset of the Corona virus. After the national two-minute Yom HaShoah Siren - they paused to sing Ani Maamin. 



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Gush Shana Alef Talmidim Elul 2019 
sitting near our favorite tree - The Oak of Return - symbol of The Gush!

(30 CHESHVAN) NOV 28, 2019


(5 TEVET) JAN 2, 2020.


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a life steady and whole

Recollections and Appreciations of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, zt"l
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Available online here. 

    "In his absence, as in his lifetime, we continue to ask ourselves what he would think about the way we contend with our everyday challenges and what he would say about our struggle against torpor and faithlessness." - Rabbi Shalom Carmy



We have created a playlist for you of the yeshiva's niggunim!

  ברון יחד - נגוני ישיבת הר עציון

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Yeshivat Har Etzion Library Celebrates 35 Years!

In Memory of Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l
(movie prepared by Har Etzion talmidim
Yehonatan Weinberger and Ehud Roth)