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Rabbi Elchanan Adler

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Rabbi Elchanan Adler has served since 1998 as a Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, where he occupies the Eva, Morris and Jack Rubin Chair in Rabbinics. His affiliation with Yeshiva began in 1988 as a fellow of the prestigious Gruss Kollel Elyon. While there, he edited Volumes 3 and 4 of Beit Yosef Shaul, and received the Imrei Shefer writing award. Prior to his appointment as a rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Adler served as a shoel u’meishiv/sgan mashgiach (mentor/counselor to students).

An accomplished speaker and writer, Rabbi Adler has lectured in communities across the country and is the author of Sefer Mitzvat HaShabbat  (on the evolution of the mitzva of Shabbat, 2008),  Yerach Tov  (on Birkat HaChodesh, OU Press, 2014, ) as well as numerous Torah articles in both Hebrew and English on diverse topics of Jewish thought. Rabbi Adler also served as co-editor of the Torah journal, Or HaMizrach, from 2003 to 2006, overseeing the publication of seven issues of the Journal.

Before joining Yeshiva, Rabbi Adler studied at Yeshivas Beis Yosef-Novardok, Mirrer Yeshiva and Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, where he received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rav Dovid Feinstein. Rabbi Adler holds a BA summa cum laude in psychology from CUNY and an MS in secondary Jewish education from Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, where he received the Axelrod Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence. Rabbi Adler’s shiurim are known for their substantive content and organized presentation. His talks often combine rigorous halachic analysis with practical psychological insight. He resides in Passaic, New Jersey, with his wife Miriam, a clinical psychologist and their 5 children.

Sample Titles

  • The “Other” Shabbos Goy: Perspectives on the Sabbath Observing Gentile
  • Perspectives on Mechila: The “Give and Take” of Forgiveness
  • Revenge: How Sweet is it?
  • Jerusalem: United We Stand
  • Patriotism in Prayer: Exploring the Prayer for the Government
  • From Mitzraim to Sinai: The Evolution of Shabbos
  • Ayin Hara: More than Meets the Eye
  • Parameters of Piety: When More is Less
  • Counting Your Blessings: A Prescription for Success
  • Giving Tzedaka: Is Altruism an Imperitive?
  • Dreams in Halacha and Aggada
  • Priestly Blessing/Birchas Cohanim: Eight different shiurim related to the priestly blessing that can be delivered individually or as a series – i.e. “Basis and origin of Birchas Kohanim”, “Is there a mitzvah to be blessed?”, “Blessing with Love”, “Integrating Birchas Kohanim within the prayer service”
  • Tefilla/Prayer Shiurim analyzing selected prayers within the Shabbos liturgy – i.e. “Lecha Dodi”, Kel Adon”, “Yismach Moshe”, “Yekum Purkan”, “Av Harachamim”, “Birkas Ha’Chodesh”, “Tikanta Shabbos”, “Ein Keilokeinu”, “An’im Zemiros”

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