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“I was able to learn one-on-one
with my rebbe... We developed
such a close relationship that
I asked him to be my mesader
Kiddushin at my wedding
four years later.”

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Rabbi Scott KahnRabbi Scott Kahn, Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Kahn studied at Yeshivat Hakotel, Darche Noam/ Shapell’s, and Midrash Shmuel, was a fellow of the Darche Noam Kollel, and received semicha from HaRav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg and Darche Noam. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, and was a gradute student at Oxford University in the Oriental Studies Department. He developed a skill-based approach to Talmud while teaching at Reishit Yerushalayim. Rabbi Kahn is currently writing several articles in the area of Jewish thought, and is planning to develop them into a book on Modern Traditionalist Approaches to Hashkafa.

Rabbi Pesach WolickiRabbi Pesach Wolicki, Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Wolicki studied at Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh, was a fellow of the Darche Noam Kollel, and received semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Jerusalem. A noted educator and lecturer, he served as a pulpit rabbi in Virginia, and as Development Director of Hillel Academy in Fairfield, Connecticut. He also worked as a political activist in several organizations, including service as Executive Director of the Campaign for Missing Israeli Soldiers. He is well known for his dynamic speaking and teaching, and his expertise in the thought and writings of Rav Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook.

Rabbi Yaakov ArramRabbi Yaakov Arram, RA"M, Rabbi Arram is originally from London, UK. He read History at Cambridge, and subsequently learned at a number of different Yeshivot in Israel, including Darche Noam/Shapell’s and Kollel Meretz, where he received semicha. He has taught in numerous schools both in Israel and in Canada. Rabbi Arram has been teaching at Yesodei HaTorah since 2006, and has a well-earned reputation as a master educator. He is also currently training to be a tour guide in Israel, and leads Yesodei HaTorah’s tiyulim.

Rabbi Moshe BergmanRabbi Moshe Bergman, Night Seder Faculty, Rabbi Bergman was born in Bnei Brak, and studied in Yeshivat Kol Torah under Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt”l and at Ponovezh. He studied for semicha in the Old City of Jerusalem, and later served as the rabbi of a congregation in Budapest, Hungary. A great-grandson of Rabbi Elazar Menachem Man Shach zt”l, Rabbi Bergman has taught our students for the past three years during night seder, helping them improve their learning and their Hebrew through his unique perspective and tremendous base of knowledge.

Rabbi Elazar ChananRabbi Elazar Chanan, Ulpan / Night Seder Faculty, Rabbi Chanan is a graduate of Yeshivat Nachalat David and Yeshivat Beit Shmuel. Licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Education, Rabbi Chanan did national service in Kiryat Chinuch in Beit Shemesh. In addition to his teaching at Yesodei HaTorah, he is a much-beloved teacher at the Darche Noam Elementary School in Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Rabbi Chaim CohenRabbi Chaim Cohen, Night Seder Faculty,Rabbi Cohen studied at Machon Shlomo, Yeshivat Ateret Israel, and Yeshivat HaGra Kollel. He graduated from Purdue University, and was a start-up salesperson at several successful companies. He developed his approach to mussar from a combination of coaching football and learning under the mussar great Rabbi Chaim Walkin at Ateret Israel in Bayit Vagan, Jerusalem.

Rabbi Uri CohenRabbi Uri CohenRabbi Cohen, who teaches Hashkafa, received semicha from Yeshivat Hamivtar and Yeshiva University, where he also completed masters degrees in Medieval Jewish History and Education. He and his wife participated in the Jewish Experience of Central New York, and they were the educational directors of the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University. Rabbi Cohen has also taught at Midreshet Moriah, Nishmat, Emunah V’Omanut, Pardes, and Netivot Australia.

Rabbi Ariel GreenbergRabbi Ariel Greenberg, Director of the Nach Department, Rabbi Greenberg holds a BA in Jewish History from Columbia University and a JD from Harvard Law School. He studied for four years at Yeshivat Sha’alvim as a Matmidim Scholar and is a graduate of their Sha’al program. Rabbi Greenberg was instrumental in founding the Beit Midrash Program at Columbia, helped run YUSSR in its incipience, and taught extensively in the greater Boston area, as well as for the past ten years at Yesodei HaTorah.

Rabbi Yisrael HerczegRabbi Yisrael Herczeg, Senior RA"M, Rabbi Herczeg, who teaches the shana bet advanced Gemara shiur, Chumash, and Hashkafa, is the translator of the ArtScroll Rashi, and the author and translator of several other books. He is a student of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Bakst zt”l and a musmach of Yeshivat Itri. Rabbi Herczeg has also taught at Yeshivat Darche Noam, Aish HaTorah, Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, and Mesilos Bais Yaakov.

Rabbi Adi KrohnRabbi Adi Krohn, RA"M / Director of Admissions, Rabbi Krohn studied at Yeshiva University, receiving degrees from the Sy Syms School of Business and the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, as well as semicha from RIETS. Before making aliya with his family, he taught for many years at the Fuchs Mizrachi School in Cleveland where he served as chair of the Talmud Department. He was also the Assistant Rabbi of the Beachwood Kehilla in Beachwood, Ohio. At Yesodei HaTorah, Rabbi Krohn teaches Gemara, both B’Iyun and Bekiut, as well as Halachah. However, he may be best-known for his work on the annual Purim shpiel, his rap videos gathering a cult following on his youtube channel.

Rabbi Moshe LichtmanRabbi Moshe Lichtman, RA"M, Rabbi Lichtman, who teaches Gemara and Nach, is the translator of several books, including the classic work Eim HaBanim Semeichah, and Simcha Raz’s biography of Rav Kook, zt”l, An Angel Among Men. He recently authored the well-received book, Eretz Yisrael in the Parashah. He received semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and from Yeshiva University, and has taught at Shaarei Mevaseret Tzion, MMY, Machon Gold, and B’not Chayil.

Rabbi Moshe SimkovichRabbi Moshe Simkovich, Director of Shana Bet, Rabbi Simkovich was the Founding Head of School and Dean of Judaic Studies at Stern Hebrew High School in Philadelphia (now Kohelet YHS), and taught for many years at Maimonides School in Boston. He also served as a congregational Rabbi in Newton, MA, and was the Orthodox advisor at Brandeis University. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Rabbi Simkovich received his semicha under the direction of Rabbi Moshe Meiselman, and also studied under Rabbi Yisrael Gustman zt”l, Rabbi Dr. Yizchak Twesky zt”l, and Rabbi Chaim Zimerman zt”l.

Penina TaylorPenina Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Mrs. Taylor, author, speaker and yeshiva and seminary lecturer, is best known for her dynamic style and personal warmth which allow her audiences to connect with her on a profound level. This, combined with her expertise in Jewish-Christian polemics, the Tanach, and Jewish Spirituality, makes any course she teaches engaging and inspirational. She received a Bible certificate from Trinity University and has studied at Maalot Baltimore, Nishmat and Naaleh. She is the founder of the Shomrei Emet Institute for Counter-Missionary Studies and Teshuvah!, an outreach organization designed to inspire Jews of all backgrounds and persuasions.

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