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Rabbi Chaim Levy
Although often traveling to reach out to Jewish communities worldwide, Rabbi Chaim Levy resides is in Har Nof, Jerusalem with his wife and children.
He is a lecturer in many schools throughout Jerusalem, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Balei Daat (a yeshiva catering to English-speaking Sephardic young professionals located within Yechaveh Daat in Har Nof), Director and Founder of GoSephardic Fellowships (reconnecting Jews worldwide to their heritage through events, classes, Shabbatons, and trips to Israel), and author of Anshei Hayil, a practical halachic guide in English for Sephardim.
Rabbi Elchonon Greenblatt
Rabbi Elchonon Greenblatt, age 49, is a native of Queens, NY, and has been living in Eretz Yisroel for the past 27 years. He is a musmach of well-known Rabbonim including HaRav HaGaon R’ Alter Eliyahu Rubinshtein ztz”l, Av Beis Din of Antwerp and HaRav HaGaon R’ Dov Vein shlit’a. Past Kollelim include those of HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Kaufman shlit’a and HaGaon HaRav Tzvi Kushelevsky shlit’a.
Aside from running a Kollel Erev for learning Halacha B’Iyun, he is a Moreh Tzeddek in his neighborhood Ramat Shlomo, receiving dozens of shailos weekly.
He is also a known expert in Kashrus. He is currently one of the leading expert Mashgichim in Asia for Oil, Fermentation, and other Food Ingredients for the OU, taking an active part in training the junior Mashgichim in the field.
He has published the highly-acclaimed Sefer Minchas Elchonon on Hilchos Treifos, and authored several other seforim on a variety of Halachic topics such as Shchita, Isser v’Heter, other Kashrus topics, Niddah, Avodah Zarah & Chukos Akum, and various topics in Orach Chaim, etc all awaiting publication. He also speaks on Kashrus and other topics, and offers a training course for Mashgichim.
Rabbi Mordechai Cohen
Originally from Queens, New York , Rabbi Mordechai Cohen presently lives in Har Nof, Jerusalem. He has studied at the Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem, Kollel Toldos Tzvi and Kollel Aram Soba. He received his Yoreh Yoreh smicha from Rav Reuven Feinstein Shlita and smicha in Shchita from Rav Zion Chokiama Zt”l. He also taught at various Yeshivot and Seminaries including Yeshivat Sha’are Torah – Jerusalem, Yeshivat Lev Aharon, Yeshivat Ba’alei Da’at, Shearim, Rinat Tziporah, Midreshet Tehillah and Neve Yerushalayim.
Rabbi Cohen is the founder of Kollel Yoreh Binah and Ohel Mordechai VeAvraham, a Sephardic Kollel for English speaking students located in the Yechave Da’at Beit Midrash in Jerusalem and served as its Rosh Kollel for three years. He was also instrumental in the founding of InstaRabbi and serves as its manager and supervising Rabbi.
Rabbi Reuven Butler
Rabbi Reuven Butler grew up in the home of his illustrious parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Raphael B. Butler, and studied in Yeshivas Ner Yisrael in Baltimore and later under Rav Reuven Leuchter, from all of whom he absorbed the sense of responsibility that each person must feel and do for the Jewish People at large. Rabbi Butler studied in yeshivos and under talmidei chachamim in the United States and Eretz Yisrael, and tries to find the vitality of the Torah's timeless message within the details of everyday life.
Rabbi Shai Cabessa
Rabbi Shai Cabessa was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. After graduating high school, he continued his studies in Israel in Yeshivat Porat Yosef, where he learned under some of the greatest Torah Rabbis of this generation, including Maran Rabbi Shalom Cohen shlit”a, President of the Torah Sages Council.
After getting married in 2010, he joined Kollel Neve David, institution for preparing future Rabbis and Dayanim, where he is currently learning. In this Kollel, Rabbi Cabessa has been learning Dayanut [Even Ha’ezer and Hoshen Mishpat] with Rabbi Baruch Shragah shlit”a , the Rosh Avot Batei Hadin of Yerushalyim, for over the past 7 years.
In 2016, he was asked by Rabbi Barcuh Shragah shlit”a, to edit many of his rulings that were given in the Bet Din of Yerushalayim, and prepare them for publishing, along with his own additions and insights to those rulings. These were published so far into three volumes of “Shu”t Baruch Omer.”
In 2014, Rabbi Cabessa published his first sefer, “Bikureh Shai”, which contains halachic essays on all four parts of the Shulchan Aruch, and hidushim on Shas. He also recently completed writing a book in English containing all the Sephardic laws and customs of Mourning (Avelut), which is expected to be published very soon B"H.
Rabbi Shlomo Lalezarian
Rabbi Shlomo Lalezarian grew up in the Sephardic/Persian community of Los Angeles. After graduating from the Yeshiva Gedolah of Los Angeles, he went to study Torah in the famed Sephardic Yeshiva Porat Yosef in the old city of Jerusalem. From there he continued his pursuit of Torah study in the Ner Yisrael Yeshiva of Baltimore Maryland. He continued his studies after marriage, in the Kollel Avodas Levi and Kollel Or Nissan of Baltimore. After being Rabbinical ordained in 2006, the Rabbi and his family was part of a select group of young families that were sent by the Roshei HaYeshivot of Ner Yisrael to the west valley area of Los Angeles to spread Torah.
Aside from the thousands of different shiurim he has delivered to the community at large, he was tapped by the Rabbanim of Los Angeles 2011 to design and build the West Valley Eruv, a project that had been stuck, after many unsuccessful attempts for the previous 20 years. In December of 2016 with the approval of HaRav Moshe Heinemann the 25 year old project was completed. In addition to the West Valley Eruv, Rabbi Lalezarian serves the Los Angeles Community Eruv, Valley Eruv and a new project of the soon to be built (IY”H) Santa Monica Eruv. He is also an RFR for food services in the west coast for the OU and a RFR for The Los Angeles Vaad Mishmeres HaKashrus. He also is on the staff of Valley Torah High School in Valley Village CA, and is part of the Kollel Yechiel Yehuda afternoon Kollel.
Rabbi Shmuel Aboud
Originally from Brooklyn, Rabbi Shmuel Aboud currently lives in Southfield, MI and serves as the Assistant Rabbi of Beit Knesset Ohr Hatorah under Rabbi Avi Cohen. He has previously studied in Yeshiva Mercaz Hatorah of Belle Harbor under Rabbi Levi Dicker, under Rav Menachem Eichenstein in Israel, in Mirrer Yeshiva in Jerusalem under Rabbi Elimelech Resnik, in Kollel Yeshivat Ahavat Shalom and in Kollel Yeshivah Beis Yehuda Detroit MI. For the past six years he has been teaching 4th grade at Beis Yehudah Detroit.
Rabbi Solly Mizrahi
Rabbi Solly Mizrahi grew up in the Syrian community in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives with his wife and children in Har Nof. He learnt in Israel for 10 years under Rabbi Eliyahu Tufik, from whom he received his first semicha and has since been learning under Rabbi Shmuel Pinhasi, continuing his semicha program in Kollel Darchei David. He has done years of shimush in matters relating to Taharat Hamishpacha by the major Sephardic Poskim of Yerushalayim.
Rabbi Yehoshua Elizar
Rabbi Yehoshua Elizar, originally from Chicago, IL, currently lives in Jerusalem. He has studied in several Yeshivot including Mikdash Melech in Yerushalayim and Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood. Has also studied for several years under R’ Yaakov Shiknazi in Jerusalem. Rabbi Elizar is currently studying in Kollel Zichron Shlomo in Yerushalyim.
Rabbi Yonatan Nacson
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Rabbi Nacson now resides in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel. He has studied in various prestigious Yeshivot for the past ten years. While attending the Mir Yeshivah in Yerushalayim, he received semicha (rabbinical ordination) in Issur V’heter from Rabbi Yitzchak Berkowitz, and compiled his first book, “Mi’mizrach Umi’maarav,” which discusses the various differences in customs between Ashkenazim and Sephardim.
Afterwards, he received semicha in the laws of Niddah from Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, and semicha in the Laws of Chuppah and Kiddushin from Rabbi David Yosef, Rabbi Shlomo Ben-Shimon, Rabbi Max Sutton and various other Rabbanim. He published his second book in 2017, “Laws of the Holidays,” a 700 page guide to the laws of every Jewish holiday according to the rulings of Chacham Ovadia Yosef. In 2018, a third book, “A Summary of the Laws of Niddah for Sepharadim” was published.
Rabbi Nacson is currently pursuing an in-depth study of Shulchan Aruch in the Kollel Dayanut of Aram Sobain the Yechaveh Da’at Bet Hamidrash.
Rabbi Yosef Mevorach
Rabbi Yosef Mevorach was born and raised in Oakhurst, New Jersey. He studied in Mesivta Kesser Torah of Belmar, Yeshiva Gedolah of Passaic, Yeshiva Zichron Melech under Rav Chaim Epstien zt'l, and in Yeshiva Mikdash Melech in Eretz Yisrael. For many years, he has been learning in Kollel Aram Soba in Har Nof, Yerushalayim under the leadership of Rabbi Max Sutton. He also teaches in the evenings in Yeshivat Lev Aharon.
Rabbi Yosef Yafeh
Rabbi Yafeh grew up in the Syrian community in Brooklyn NY, where he attended Yeshivat Ateret Torah for Elementary school through High school. He was sent by his Rosh Yeshiva, Hacham Yosef Harari Raful to Great Neck, NY to strengthen the local Yeshiva and Persian Community. For two years Rabbi Yafeh involved himself in building the community, learning gemera with the younger boys, and giving Halacha classes for the older men. Afterwards, Rabbi Yafeh went abroad to study in Yeshivat Chevron in Isreal. He subsequently returned to the United States to get married and settle back in his community, where he currently learns in the Kollel of Ateret Torah pursuing his dream of mastering Halacha in depth.