Rabbi Hershel Schachter

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Rabbi Hershel Schachter, a noted Talmudic scholar, has had a distinguished career with the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, of Yeshiva University, for more than 40 years. He joined the faculty in 1967 at the age of 26, the youngest rosh yeshiva at RIETS.

Since 1971, Rabbi Schachter has been rosh kollel in the Marcos and Adina Katz Kollel (Institute for Advanced Research in Rabbinics) and also holds the Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud.

In addition to his teaching duties, Rabbi Schachter lectures, writes and serves as a world renowned decisor of Jewish law. A prolific author, he has written more than 100 articles, in Hebrew and English for such scholarly publications as HaPardes, Hadarom, Beth Yitzchak and Or Hamizrach. His books include Eretz HaTzvi, B’ikvei HaTzon, Nefesh HaRav, MiPninei HaRav and Ginat Egoz.

At age 22, Rabbi Schachter was appointed assistant to the renowned Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik.

Rabbi Schachter earned his BA from Yeshiva College, an MA in Hebrew literature from the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies in 1967, and was ordained at RIETS that same year.

Sample Titles

  • A Torah Perspective on Earning (and Not Earning) a Living – Supporting Ourselves and Others
  • Halachic Issues of the Tuition Crisis
  • Gender Separation in Halacha: Al Cheit…B’siach Sifsoseinu
  • Marriage in Halacha and Hashkafa
  • How Open Is Too Open? Halachic Guidelines For Internet use
  • I AM Worthy…Of Forgiveness – Why This Year Will Be Different
  • The Legacy of the Rav
  • Is there A Chiyuv to Make Aliyah?
  • Should I Call the Police? Clarifying the Issurim of Mesira and Chilul Hashem
  • Pride & Prejudice: Growing Through the Shidduch Process
  • Crossing the Line: Halachic Standards for Inclusion or Exclusion from Communal Life and the Tzibbur
  • Double Standards in Our Lives
  • Talmud Torah at the Center of Family Life
  • Priorities in Tzedaka
  • Issues of Shabbos, Yom Tov, and Kashrus in Dentistry
  • Kol Yisroel Areivim Zeh Bozeh: Our Responsibilities to Others and to Ourselves
  • Pursuit of Happiness
  • Am Hanivchar
  • A Time to Learn, A Time to Earn
  • Modern Orthodxy
  • Why Aren’t People More Tolerant?
  • Who Has Time?
  • Parenting: Positive, Appropriate, and Pure
  • The Implications of The Jews being the Chosen Nation
  • Learning Torah and Loving G-d
  • The Significance of the State of Israel; Celebrating Yom Ha’atsmaut
  • Neis HaShemen: Mitszvos B’shleimusan and Eilu V’eilu
  • Chanukah: The Connection Between the Second and Third Temples
  • Yomim Noraim / Teshuva

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