The Founding Roshei Yeshiva
The special atmosphere of the Yeshiva has been created by the continuity of leadership of HaRav Yehuda Amital zt"l and HaRav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l, who merged the best traditions of Judaic studies with a pragmatic grasp of the modern world. These two Roshei Yeshiva – very different in background, temperament, and approach – provided a shining example of successful joint leadership built on mutual respect. This model serves to guide and elevate the personal and professional lives of the alumni, long after they have left the Yeshiva.
The Next Generation of Roshei Yeshiva
Before retiring, HaRav Amital zt"l initiated steps to choose his eventual replacement. To this end, a committee was established, consisting of representatives of the Ramim, alumni of the Yeshiva in Israel and abroad, and the administration. The committee dealt with the matter for several months and presented its recommendations to the Roshei Yeshiva and the administration. The recommendations were accepted by them and they chose HaRav Yaakov Medan and HaRav Baruch Gigi as designated Roshei Yeshiva. The actual appointment became effective during the 5766 academic year, at which time the two new Roshei Yeshiva began serving alongside the two senior Roshei Yeshiva.
On 29 Tishrei 5769, Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein shlit"a was also inaugurated as Rosh Yeshiva, joining Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt"l, Harav Yaakov Medan shlit"a and Harav Baruch Gigi shlit"a. Harav Yehuda Amital zt"l, founding Rosh Yeshiva, while continuing his involvement with the yeshiva, officially retired as Rosh Yeshiva at that time.
Harav Amital zt"l passed away at the age of 85 on the 27th of Tamuz, 5770 (2010)), and was mourned by thousands of students and admirers.
We trust that these steps ensured an orderly transfer of leadership and provide, with BS"D, the proper balance of continuity and innovation.