In Migdal Oz, we make sure that every student feels comfortable and supported. Overseas students can turn to everyone in the overseas staff, including Racheli Schmell, Director of Overseas Students, Shayna Goldberg, Mashgicha Ruchanit, their overseas madrichot, and their overseas “eim bayit”. They can also turn to anyone on the Beit Midrash Staff, including their Ramim, Ramiot, and Mellavot (Israeli madrichot). Staff members are here to help each student with their physical, spiritual, emotional, medical and mental health needs.
Rav Ezra Bick, a Ra”m at Yeshivat Har Etzion since his aliyah 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 semikha 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 Shemonah Esrei.’
Rav Aviezer Cohen studied at Yeshivat Torah V’Emunah for five years, and in Beit Morasha for four years. Rav Aviezer teaches Jewish Philosophy in Migdal Oz.
Rav Amnon Bazak is a Shiur Bet Ra”m 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,’ ‘Nekudat Peticha: Studies in Parshat Hashavua,’ and To This Very Day: Fundamental Questions in Bible Study.’
An alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion’s hesder program, Rav Yuval Cherlow is the founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Orot Shaul in Kfar Batya. Rav Cherlow concentrates on bringing parts of Israeli society together as founder of the organization Tzohar, and is a frequent contributor to newspapers and journals. He is also a teacher and lecturer across Israel. Rav Cherlow has authored several psakim and books that deal with the overlap of modern society and a halakhic way of life, and serves on multiple ethics committees and boards.
An alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Beit Midrash Beit Morasha, and the Torah Institute of Higher Education at Bar Ilan University, Rav Tani serves as the Rav of Kehillat Ilana DeChayei in Jerusalem. Rav Tani has a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences from Hebrew University, and a master’s and PhD degree in Bar Ilan University. His doctorate deals with Aggada and Halacha in the Babylonian Talmud. Rav Tani teaches Gemara in the Women’s Beit Midrash at Migdal Oz and Toshb”a at Herzog College and Bar Ilan University.
Rav Baruch Gigi, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion, received his semikha from the Israeli Rabbinate and his B.Ed. from Herzog College. In addition to teaching at Migdal Oz, HaRav Gigi also teaches at Midreshet Lindenbaum, and serves as the Rav of the Sephardic Synagogue in Alon Shevut. He previously was a Ra”m and Rosh Kollel at the Hesder Yeshiva “Ma’alot,” and since 1988 has taught at Yeshivat Har Etzion.
Rav Tamir Granot studied at Netiv Meir and Yeshivat Har Etzion. He received a bachelor’s degree in education at Jerusalem College, a master’s degree in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and completed a doctoral thesis on the revival of Hasidism after the Holocaust. Rav Tamir founded the Beit Midrash for military graduates in Katsrin and Beit Midrash L’Torah V’Hachaim in Hasfin, of which he serves as head.
An alumnus of Yeshivat Har Etzion, Rav Hauser holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Herzog College, and teaches Jewish philosophy and Chassidut at Migdal Oz and Midreshet Lindenbaum.
Rabbanit Dr. Ahinoam Jacobs holds a doctorate in Hebrew literature. In addition to teaching in Migdal Oz, she also teaches at Herzog College. Over her 25 years as a teacher, she has held various educational positions in the Ministry of Education, including membership in the Bible Professional Committee. She was a partner in writing the new Bible curriculum, and has mentored teacher teams.
Rav Medan teaches widely and serves as Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion. He studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion starting in its first year in 1968. Rav Medan served in the hesder program as part of the Armored Corps, after which he returned to the yeshiva and started serving as a Ra”M. He received rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Har Etzion, a B.Ed. from the Michlalah in Bayit Vegan, and an M.A. from Touro College. In 2000, Rav Medan, along with Professor Ruth Gavison, composed the “Foundation for a New Social Pact between Religious and Secular Jews in Israel,” and were awarded the Avi Chai Prize in 2001.
Rav Ra’anan studied at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav and served in the IDF from 1991 to 1995. In 1996, he became a founding member of Yeshivat Siach Sadeh. Rav Ra’anan earned his semikha and completed a Bachelor of Education degree from Herzog College. He has also served as a Ra”m at Mekor Chayim Yeshiva High School in Kibbutz Kfar Etzion. In 2011 he joined the staff of Yeshivat Har Etzion and has served for the past decade as a Shana Alef Ra”m. Rav Nechemia is currently Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hesder Shadlot Mechola.
Rav Yosef Zvi Rimon is an internationally acclaimed posek, as well as an author, educator, and lecturer. Through his book series, Halakha MiMekora, Rav Rimon has become known worldwide for developing an innovative methodology for teaching Halakha. Rav Rimon is also the Founder and Chairman of Sulamot, an organization that empowers Jews to explore their Jewish heritage and deepen connections to the Jewish people through revolutionizing the way Torah is taught, as well as of La’Ofek (formerly JobKatif), which was founded to help those expelled from their homes during the evacuation of Gush Katif support themselves. He is the Chief Rabbi of Gush Etzion, Rosh Yeshiva of Lev Academic Center (JCT), and Rabbi of the “New Shul” in Alon Shvut. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Rav Rimon has received multiple awards and recognitions.
Rabbanit Surale Rosen, a graduate of Matan’s 5 year Halakha program, is founder and head of Matan Women’s online Halakhic Responsa project (to be launched Sep 2018). Surale is also a certified Rabbinical Arbitrator and a graduate of Matan’s Advanced Gemarah Institute. For the past 5 years she has headed Metivta – Matan’s Advanced Gemarah Program. She has taught Midrash, Talmud and Halakha (and daf yomi) in a wide array of shuls and communities, besides the Matan Beit Midrash, and written many responses to halakhic questions through the Meshivat Nefesh online forum. Surale is a graduate of Bar Ilan University and holds degrees in English Literature and Talmud. This past year she wrote the weekly Parashat HaShavua column for Chumash Shemot in the leading religious Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon. Rabbanit Rosen is also invested in communal service on both local and national levels. This is her third year of participation in the joint project of the UK Foreign Ministry and SFCG of leading Muslim and Jewish figures creating a basis for religious dialogue in the Arab – Israeli conflict.
Rav Reuven Tabul studued in “Ateret Kohanim”. After his military service, Rav Reuven studied for several years at the Ramat Gan yeshiva. He holds a doctorate in Hebrew literature from Bar-Ilan University. Rav Reuven is one of the leaders of the Shuva Midrasha for girls in Ofra, leads the literature department at Orot Israel College, and educates widely on the Bible, Jewish thought, and Hebrew literature. He lives with his family in Rosh Tzurim.
Rav Moshe Taragin has been a Ra”m at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion since 1994. He has semikha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a BA in Computer Science from Yeshiva University, and an MA in English Literature from City University. Rav 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. He has authored a Yom Ha’atzmaut Machzor for Koren publishing house. Rav Taragin lives with his wife and eight children in Alon Shvut.
Rabbanit Dr. Michal Tikochinsky, a leader in Torah and women’s issues throughout the Jewish world, holds a Master’s degree in law and a Doctorate in Talmud from Bar Ilan University. She is the founder of an umbrella organization for women Torah scholars in educational leadership positions and is the director of the Moshe Green Beit Midrash for Women’s Leadership and the Women’s Halakha Program at Beit Morasha. She lives with her husband and seven children in Nof Ayalon.
Dr. Shmuel Wygoda holds a Ph.d. cum laude from the Hebrew University and wrote his thesis on the Talmudic philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. He was the president of Herzog College from 1995 to 2006. During his time as president, he helped establish the Migdal Oz Beit Midrash. Dr. Wygoda currently serves as the head of the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Herzog College. He taught in the Department of Jewish Philosophy at Hebrew University, edited several books, and published a series of articles on general and Jewish philosophy. Dr. Wygoda also serves as a consultant for Jewish education in Europe and North America.
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