Staff 2023-03-19T09:14:49-05:00

Our Staff

Rav Boaz Mori
Rosh HaYeshiva
Countless numbers of students have been inspired by Rav Boaz’s personal warmth, keen insights, and selfless devotion.
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Rav Boaz Mori received Semicha from RIETS and a BA in Mathematics from Yeshiva University. Before founding Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, he taught at BMT, Har Etzion, Shaarei Mevasseret Zion & Machon Gold and served as Head Counselor of Camp Simcha, Rosh Chinuch at Camp Moshava and Camp Rabbi at IBA. As Rosh HaYeshiva, Rav Boaz combines profound scholarship with enthusiasm and warmth. An intense learning session with a student may be followed that night by a gravity-defying hand stand at the wedding of an alumnus. He inspires his students and staff alike with his deep belief in each person’s potential greatness, and his uncanny ability to recognize their unique talents more clearly than even they themselves can. Rav Boaz is both a principled institution-builder and a down-to-earth educator par excellence.

Rav Michael Cytrin
S’gan Rosh HaYeshiva
An expert pedagogue, Rav Cytrin has the ability to clarify and relate the most sophisticated sugyot of the Gemara and of life to his talmidim.
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Rav Cytrin received Semicha from the Meretz Kollel, a BA from the Plan II Liberal Arts Program at the University of Texas (Austin), and has an MA in Education from Teachers College of Columbia University, and served in the IDF. Before making aliya, Rav Cytrin was Principal of Judaic Studies at the Yavneh Academy in Dallas. A Licensed Tour Guide, Rav Cytrin delights in sharing his enthusiasm for the history of Eretz Yisrael with his students. Rav Cytrin founded Or l’Doron, an organization that promotes high-level Torah learning for the Ethiopian Jewish community.

Rav Binyamin Kwalwasser
Executive Director, Lev LaChayal
Rav Kwalwasser connects deeply with his students, inspiring each to actualize his potential in learning and in life.
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Rav Kwalwasser received Semicha from RIETS, a BA in Judaic Studies from Yeshiva University and an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School. Rav Kwalwasser models community involvement – before founding Lev HaTorah he built a thriving beit knesset in Beit Shemesh and now spearheads the Chasdei Shiloh tzedaka organization. In addition, Rav Kwalwasser recently published a book: Or L’Amim, a Light Unto the Nations, analyzing the Torah’s concern for the destiny of both Jews and non-Jews.

Rav Natanel Lebowitz
Menahel Ruchani
Alumni Coordinator
Rav Natanel has a unique ability to connect with his students and works to ensure that each talmid in the Yeshiva grows to reach his potential.
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Rav Natanel received Semicha from RIETS and a BA in Biology from Yeshiva University. Before making aliya, Rav Natanel served as the Assistant Chief Rabbi of Hong Kong. During the summers, Rav Natanel serves as Program Director for NCSY Kollel. In addition to his other roles in the Yeshiva, Rav Natanel coordinates the Yeshiva trip to Poland every year and directs the Yeshiva’s ongoing commitment to maintaining our connections with alumni.

Rav Yehuda Odeser
Shiur Dalet and Hey
Rav Odeser’s warm personality and expert pedagogy enable him to connect with a wide range of personalities and backgrounds.
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Rav Yehuda Odeser, a researcher for several institutes of halachic guidance, is a Beit Shemesh resident, and father to seven children. Since the advent of Lev LaChayal, Rav Odeser has inspired and prepared our future chayalim for Torah-observant army service. Rav Odeser received Semicha from Rav Zalman Baruch Melamed, and was ordained as a Dayan by Rav Kalav, the Rosh Kollel Psagot. For many years, he taught and inspired in Beit Shemesh as the Rosh Kollel Shaalei Torah. In addition to his passionate service to Am Yisrael in the Beit Midrash, Rav Odeser continues to volunteer in the IDF’s armored corps reserves.

Rav David Bagno
Rav Bagno is one of the Rabbinic leaders of the community, admired for his warmth and sincerity, coupled with his passion for Torah learning and teaching and the depth of his Torah knowledge.
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Rav Bagno learned and taught in Yeshivat Shaalvim. He served in the army’s Rabbanut unit during his tenure in the IDF. He studied with Rav Asher Arieli in Yeshivat Mir for almost a decade, and most recently taught at Bar Ilan. He is the founding Rabbi of the Mishkan Shilo community in Ramat Shilo, and the Rosh Kollel of Lev HaTorah’s Rabbinic Leadership and Semicha Program.

Rav Asher Friedman
Student Welfare
Rav Asher’s warmth, compassion, and dedication to his talmidim are the foundations for a powerful mentor relationship.
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Rav Asher received Semicha from RIETS, a BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva University and is completing an MA in Clinical Sociology at the University of North Texas. Rav Asher empowers his talmidim to become independent, sophisticated learners, capable of understanding Torah ideas, developing them and sharing them with others. He has published in the fields of Philosophy of Education and Chumash, and was a two-time fellow with ATID. As Director of Student Welfare, Rav Asher works with talmidim throughout the year to help them achieve their goals.

Rav Dudi Winkler
Lev LaChayal
Rav Dudi Winkler brings passion, idealism, and a fabulous sense of humor to everything he does.
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After high school, he served as a combat medic in the IDF, and then studied at the yeshivot in Eli, Dimona the Meretz Kollel, where he received his Semicha. After many years dedicated to learning, Rav Dudi served as a Ram and as a beloved Av Bayit at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah. In 2011, he and his family began a three year stint of Shlichut in Melbourne, Australia, where he had a tremendous impact on the community there as the Rosh Kollel of the Religious Zionist community. Rav Dudi returns to Lev HaTorah this year, thrilled to be learning with Lev students and directing Lev LaChayal.

Rav Michael Siev
Yeshiva Posek
Morning and Night Seder Rebbe
Students in Rav Siev’s shiur learn how to think analytically about the Rishonim and are powerfully impacted by his deep love for learning.
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Rav Siev received Semicha from RIETS, a BA in History from Yeshiva University, and an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School. Rav Siev is an editor for the Steinsaltz English Talmud Series, and many of his shiurim have been featured on Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Virtual Beit Midrash and on

Rav Mordechai Kaplan
Program Director/Night Seder Rebbe
Rav Mordechai excels in designing tiyulim, programs, and chesed events that are simultaneously thought-provoking and unbelievably fun.
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Rav Mordechai received Semicha from RIETS and a BA in Psychology from Yeshiva University. His own passionate approach to spirituality sets a tone of powerful inspiration during tefilot. In addition, Rav Mordechai is a Tour Operator and runs tours throughout Israel for groups and families. He works with GEERZ mounting biking program and is involved in various programming for youth, both in Israel and abroad. Talmidim are attracted to Rav Mordechai’s sincerity, ruchniut, and warmth.

Rav Eliyahu Wittenberg
Director of Student Life
Rav Wittenberg works tirelessly to ensure the talmidim feel at home during their time at the Yeshiva.
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His open and relatable personality enables talmidim of all backgrounds to connect to and learn from him, both inside and outside of the Beit Midrash.
Rav Wittenberg is a proud alumnus of Lev HaTorah (2003-2004). He received a BA in Economics from Brandeis University, Semicha from YU, and his MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School. He is also a trained plumber and leads weekly bike rides with the Geerz organization.

Rav Ely Allen
Leadership Electives
Rav Ely’s personal warmth, comedic yet organized teaching style, and ability to relate to others, endear him to both talmidim and colleagues.
Rav Yaakov Beasley
Afternoon/Night Seder Rebbe
Rav Beasley loves to facilitate his students’ discovery of new insights, instilling within them a love of learning.
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Rav Beasley has been lecturing passionately about Tanach in different venues in Israel and abroad for almost twenty years. His essays on new methodologies in Tanach study appear regularly in Tradition magazine, and he edited Yeshivat Har Etzion’s groundbreaking parsha series Torah MiEtzion. He loves to help students enjoy learning and discover new insights. When not teaching, he is writing his doctoral dissertation at Bar Ilan on Second-Temple-era Tanach study, or playing hockey with his five sons.

Rav Robby Charnoff
Morning Seder Rebbe
Rav Charnoff has quickly established himself as a polished public speaker and an exacting and passionate educator with a clear methodology of how to teach text.
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Rav Charnoff graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva University with a BA in psychology and received semicha from YU’s RIETS rabbinic program. He obtained a Master’s Degree from the Azrieli School of Jewish Education and completed YU’s Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education. Before moving to Israel, Rav Charnoff served for six years as the first ever OU-JLIC Rabbi at Queens College where he established vibrant Orthodox life on campus, consistent Shabbat and holiday programming, multiple daily Torah learning opportunities, and a warm home on campus, engaging over 500 students and alumni each semester. Over 400 of Rav Charnoff‘s shiurim are currently featured on YUTorah.

Rav Avinoam Durani
Morning Seder Rebbe
Rav Durani is beloved for his warm smile, passion for Torah and love for each and every Jew.
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He joins us after spending the past 22 years inspiring the students of the Maimonides School in Boston, and the past 8 years as the Rav of the Sephardi community in Newton, Massachusetts. Rav Durani studied under Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, ztz”l.

Rav Ari Enkin
Contemporary Halacha Rebbe
Rav Enkin draws upon a wonderful sense of humor to  introduce his students to the world of Halacha.
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Author of the 9-volume “Dalet Amot” series in contemporary Halacha, Rav Enkin addresses halachic issues relevant to the weekly parsha, upcoming holidays and popular news stories.  Special emphasis is given to lesser known halachic rulings and customs.

Rav Uri Etigson
Machshevet Yisrael/Guidance
Rav Uri’s compassion and insight aid many students in turning their year in Israel into a journey of profound personal growth.
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Rav Uri received Semicha from RIETS, a BA in Philosophy from Yeshiva University, and an MA in Jewish Philosophy from Bernard Revel Graduate School.

In addition, he is a licensed psychodrama therapist. During his service in the IDF, Rav Uri served as a hospital chaplain, giving support and encouragement to wounded soldiers. In his philosophy classes, Rav Uri guides students into the depths of Jewish Thought with both rational and mystical perspectives.

Rav Yehoshua Fass
Shana Bet Mentor
Rav Fass’s demand for excellence pushes his talmidim to develop the skills necessary to research and deliver their own shiurim.
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Rav Fass received Semicha from RIETS, has a BA in Biology from Yeshiva University, an MA from Azrieli Graduate School, and an Honorary Doctorate from Yeshiva University. As Director of Nefesh b’Nefesh, Rav Fass has revolutionized the attitude towards aliya in North America, and turned what was once a ‘distant dream’ into a real possibility for many idealistic Jews. He is a master educator and a model of Jewish leadership; his home is open to the entire Yeshiva on Shabbat afternoon for a popular Parsha shiur.

Rav Yehoshua Gerzi
Night Seder Rebbe
Drawing from a wide range of sources including Chassidut, Mussar, psychology and health consciousnesses, Rav Gerzi is able to engage students on every level.
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Rav Yehoshua Gerzi is a passionate educator, helping people achieve greater levels of clarity to live a life of happiness and success. Rav of the Pilzno community in Ramat Shilo, he is a highly sought-out speaker and author of Arba Yesodot.

Rav Daniel Hartstein
Halacha Rebbe
Rav Hartstein uses his experience in the business world to guide talmidim in developing a Torah-based approach to business ethics.
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Rav Hartstein’s shiurim feature a unique mixture of fascinating halachic analysis and hilarious delivery. Rav Hartstein earned a BS in Marketing from YU, Semicha from Rav Aharon Soloveitchik, zt”l, and an MS in Management Engineering from the University of Bridgeport. Rav Hartstein worked for the Israeli Defense Ministry and served as a Telecom executive for over 15 years. Currently, he serves as CEO of Five Star Caterers of New York and when he is not traveling, Rav Hartstein teaches Business Ethics and his popular ‘Lessons From the Lev’ series at the Yeshiva.

Rav Shimshon Jacob
Morning Seder Rebbe
Public Relations
Rav Jacob’s creativity, dedication to his talmidim and a great sense of humor are his hallmarks.
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A seasoned, award-winning educator, Rabbi Shimshon Jacob has spent the last twenty years working in the formal and informal Jewish Education world.  Having taught at both the Elementary and High School levels, while functioning as the Youth Rabbi for numerous communities, Rabbi Jacob is all about helping students develop their passion and excitement for Judaism and spirituality.  After making Aliyah four and a half years ago with his wife and four kids, (joined by a fifth child 1.5 years ago) they settled in Katamon, Jerusalem where Rav Shimshon has been engaged with various causes in the Jewish community.  Rav Shimshon’s out-of-the-box approach to teaching the Yeshiva’s beginning Gemara shiur has surprised and delighted his talmidim.

out-of-the-box approach to teaching the Yeshiva’s beginning Gemara shiur has surprised and delighted his talmidim.
Rav Tsvi Levy
Shiur Dalet and Heh Rebbe
Rav Tsvi Levy joins our staff this year. He learned at Merkaz HaRav for 7 years, followed by study in Yeshivat Bnei David in Eli, where he received Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate and began his Dayanut studies.
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He thrives when being challenged by his talmidim, and relishes the moment when he sees the spark of understanding in the eyes of his talmidim.

Rav Mordechai Machlis
Afternoon Seder Rebbe
Rav Machlis powerfully personifies chesed, dedicating his life to promoting love for all Jews and modeling a profound respect for every human being.
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Rav Machlis received Semicha from Yeshivat Torah v’Daat and has been teaching for 25 years. He and his family host around 100 guests in their home each Shabbat, exposing his guests to the beauty of Torah and a vision of true Jewish unity.

Rav Yehoshua Paltiel
Shiur Bet Rebbe
Rav Paltiel’s warmth and seemingly endless patience enables him to nurture the growth of his talmidim.
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Rav Paltiel received Semicha from the Meretz Kollel and a BA in Jewish History from Yeshiva University. In the IDF, he served in the armored corps. Rav Paltiel’s mentorship has enabled many students to develop the skills and confidence to become strong learners and strong Jews. A master pedagogue, he is the author of The Longer Shorter Way: A Guide to the 7 Habits of Successful Torah Study. A talented counselor, Rav Paltiel is also a certified Neuro-Linguistic Psychology practitioner.

Rav Kenny Pollack
Morning Seder Rebbe
Rav Pollack’s years of experience in informal education have shaped his approach of nurturing each student to become his best self.
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Rav Pollack grew up in Los Angeles attended YULA and loves to play basketball. He earned his bachelors in philosophy from YU , his MA in Jewish education from Azrieli and Semicha from RIETS.

Rav Pollack has been involved in experiential education as well with his certificate in Jewish Experiential Education and leadership roles in Camp Stone and what is now known as Moshava California. He currently serves as the camp director of Sephardic Adventure during the summers.  Talmidim are drawn to his personal warmth and sincerity.
He recently made aliyah his wife Ilana and their 5 children from Cleveland, Ohio where he was a Rebbe in Fuchs Mizrachi school and ran Student Activities for 11 years.
Rav Chagai Raviv
Shiur Bet Rebbe
For close to three decades, Rav Chagai has mastered the art of exposing his talmidim to a deeper level of Gemara learning, and providing them with the analytical and textual skills necessary to access this newfound knowledge on their own.
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Rav Chagai learned at Yeshivat Hesder Shaalvim and in the Kollel there for 10 years, and served in the IDF.  He has been a senior RaM at Yeshivat Shaarei Mevasseret Tzion for more than 20 years.  He has a BA and MA and currently serves as the Rav of Kehillat “Beit Midrash Torah Leumi (BMTL) in Givat Sharett, Beit Shemesh. Rav Chagai also spent 4 years on Shlichut in Cleveland, where he served as Rosh Yeshiva of the Fuchs Mizrachi high school, and Rosh Kollel of the Kollel Torah m’Tzion.  
R’ Nachman Rosenberg
Philosophy of HaRav Kook
Nachman challenges students with fascinating ideas of Rav Kook and aims to nurture a deep connection to Eretz Yisrael.
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Nachman is a graduate of the Yeshivat Hesder in Ma’aleh Adumim and was a fellow at Kollel Torah MiTzion in Chicago. In the IDF, Nachman saw active combat during the Second Lebanon War. As Executive Vice President of Tzohar, Nachman works to make Torah attractive and accessible to millions of secular Israelis.

Rav Jonathan Schachter
Morning Seder Rebbe
Rav Schachter looks to infuse his talmidim with a love of Yahadut and a trust in our precious Mesorah. He accomplishes this through energetic, in depth learning, combined with forging a strong, individual bond with each talmid.
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Rav Schachter received his Semicha from RIETS, a BA in Economics from Yeshiva University and an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School. Before making Aliyah in 2022, he was a beloved Rebbi in Yeshivat Frisch for 20 years, and led the Bnai Yeshurun teen minyan in Teaneck for over 15 years.

Rav Moshe Stavsky
Night Seder Rebbe
A seasoned educator, beloved by talmidim for his care and energy in the classroom, Rav Stavsky helps students develop their love and skills for high level learning and grow as passionate and impactful religious Jews.
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Prior to making Aliya in the summer of 2022, Rav Stavsky taught Gemara, Tanach and halacha at the Ramaz Upper School in New York for eleven years and chaired the Tanach department for four years. Concurrently, he served as the congregational rabbi of Bais Medrash of Bergenfield in Bergenfield, New Jersey. Rav Stavsky received Semicha from RIETS, an MA in Tanach from Yeshiva University and learned for four years in the Wexner Kollel Elyon.

Rav Jake Vidomlanski
Shiur Bet Rebbe
Rav Jake, known for his boundless commitment to his students, excels at helping them realize their undiscovered strengths.
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Rav Jake received Semicha from RIETS and a BA from Yeshiva University. Before teaching at Lev HaTorah, he served as a Shoel U’Meishiv at Yeshivat Shaalvim and taught at Reishit Yerushalayim. Over the summers, Rav Jake served as Rosh Moshava and Rosh Kollel at Camp Stone and currently is Sgan Rosh Moshava at Camp Moshava, Indian Orchard, PA.

Rav Shamai Wahrman
Morning Seder
Rav Shamai’s legendary knowledge of all of Shas and halacha, and his skill in making even the most difficult sugyot crystal clear, make him a sought-after resource for the Yeshiva’s students.
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Rav Shamai received Semicha from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He teaches in Mitzpe Yericho at both the kollel and high school, in addition to teaching for many years in yeshiva programs for Americans.

Rav Noam White
Night Seder Rebbe, Lev LaChayal
Rav Noam brings youth and enthusiasm to his Night Shiur, in which he imparts to his students the complexity, challenges and satisfaction of being a Ben Torah in the IDF.
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A Lev HaTorah alumnus from 2009-2011, Rav Noam served for three years in the elite sniper unit of the Givati Brigade.  Following his completion of a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Bar Ilan, Rav Noam joined the Lev HaTorah Kollel.

Mr. Ephrayim Naiman
Managing Director
Mr. Naiman joined the Lev HaTorah family in 2004 with more than 20 years of experience in hi-tech and branch management.
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He and his family made Aliyah in 1996 and moved to Ramat Beit Shemesh in 1998 with 30 other families.

Given the task to establish a neighborhood around Lev HaTorah, Mr. Naiman spent the first 5 years creating relationships with the city and builders, while helping over 150 families prepare for their move to Ramat Shilo. He was also intimately involved in the design and eventual completion of Lev HaTorah’s first building.

These last 10 years have been filled with unprecedented growth for the Yeshiva. With our staff and budget tripling, Mr. Naiman uses his organizational skills to keep our campus up-to-date while creating procedures and policies to allow our continued healthy expansion.

The next 5 years will IY”H include the addition of our Lone Soldier homes, the full integration of our new Hesder and Kollel programs as well as the design and construction of our main building!

Mr. Marc Merrill
Director of Development
Marc Merrill attended Yeshivat Lev HaTorah for Shana Alef and Bet (2005-2007), where he grew tremendously.
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He went to Yeshiva University where he received a BA in History. While at YU, Marc founded Torah Letzion an organization which has assisted hundreds of students who needed financial aid to study in yeshiva or seminary.

Before making aliyah, Marc worked at the Yeshiva of Central Queens as Director of Alumni Affairs, and most recently at RIETS as a Senior Development Officer. Marc is very excited to have returned to Israel and to combine his love for the Yeshiva with his passion for fundraising, to bring the Yeshiva to its next level.

R’ Kobi Steinhart
Night Seder Rebbe/Bookkeeper
A brilliant Talmud scholar, graduate of the MIR Yeshiva, R’ Kobi is an innovative thinker who incorporates Daas Torah to the worldly reality around us.
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R’ Kobi’s talmidim enjoy a wide range of discussion topics driven by the text of the Talmud.