Rabbi Elchanan Adler, RIETS

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 Mitzvas HaShabbos (on the evolution of the mitzva of Shabbat, 2008), Yerach Tov (on Birkat HaChodesh, OU Press, 2014,) Asher Chanan (Discourses and Essays) and Eis Lechenina (on the Shabbos Musaf amida) 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

Tefillah/Prayer

  • Praying for the Sick: Origins and Perspectives
  • Praying for a Miracle: Implications of a “Forgotten” Ruling in Hilchos Chanuka
  • Dare We Make Demands of Hashem? – Insights Gleaned From Viduy Maaser, Mikra Bikurim, Birchas Kohanim and Mi SheBeirach
  • Birchas Kohanim: From Aharon HaKohen Until the Present Day
  • From “Stepping Up” to “Stepping Down”: Integrating Duchening Within Tefila
  • The Congregation’s Role in Birchas Kohanim: Is There a Mitzva to be Blessed?
  • Kabbalas Shabbos: From Tzefat to Brisk
  • Checking Off the Birkas HaChodesh Wishlist
  • Anim Zemiros 101 – Exploring its Background; Appreciating its Relevance
  • Patriotism in Prayer: Exploring the Prayer for the Government

 

Bein Adam L’Chaveiro

  • Derech Eretz: Apart From Torah or a Part of Torah?
  • Dispensing Advice and Paying the Price: The Prohibition of Eitza She’eina Hogenes
  • The Two Faces of Tochacha
  • Do I Have to be Mochel You? How Can I Not? – Perspectives on Mechila
  • Revenge: How Sweet is it?
  • Arevus and Matan Torah: Are We Our Brothers’ Keepers?

 

Shabbos and Festivals

  • Perspectives on the Sabbath Observing Gentile
  • From Yetzias Mitzrayim to Matan Torah: Mapping the Chronological Timeline
  • Hoashanos: What is it all about?
  • Sefiras HaOmer: Is the 50th Day Part of the Count?
  • Mara as a Precursor to Matan Torah – Patterns and Perspectives
  • Yerushalayim’s Many Layers and the Secret of Jewish Unity

 

Other Topics

  • Divination and Omens: The Parameters of the Prohibition of Nichush
  • Ayin Hara: More Than Meets the Eye
  • “Meta-Mitzvos” and Their Relationship to Taryag
  • Parameters of Piety: When More is Less
  • Counting Your Blessings: A Prescription for Success
  • Giving Tzedaka: Is Altruism an Imperative?
  • Dreams in Halacha and Aggada

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