Yitzchak Berkovits

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Yitzchak Shmuel Halevi Berkovits (Hebrew: יצחק שמואל הלוי ברקוביץ) is an American-born Orthodox Jewish rabbi, rosh yeshiva, rosh kollel, and posek (arbiter of Jewish law) in Israel. In 16 years as Menahel Ruchani (spiritual director) of Yeshivas Aish HaTorah and halakha (Jewish law) lecturer at EYAHT, Aish HaTorah's College of Jewish Studies for Women, he built a reputation as a lucid orator on Jewish law and philosophical topics and a mentor to hundreds of English-speaking, baalei teshuva young men and women. In 2001, he founded The Jerusalem Kollel, a rabbinic ordination and training program which prepares students for kiruv (outreach) positions around the world. In 2019, he was appointed rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Aish HaTorah in Jerusalem. He also serves as rosh kollel of an international network of evening kollelim run by Linas HaTzedek: The Center for Jewish Values in Israel and the United States, which spreads the awareness of the laws of bein adam lechaveiro (mitzvot between man and his fellow man).

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Yitzchak Berkovits
Yitzchak Shmuel Halevi Berkovits

Brooklyn, New York, US
Parent(s)Aryeh Leib Halevi and Chana Berkovits
Alma materMir yeshiva (Jerusalem)
Jewish leader
PredecessorRabbi Noah Weinberg
PositionRosh yeshiva
YeshivaAish HaTorah
OtherRosh kollel, The Jerusalem Kollel
ResidenceJerusalem, Israel

Berkovits is considered the "unofficial posek" of the kiruv world.[1] He is well-known to international audiences for his telephone tapes and books on shemiras halashon (laws of proper speech) for the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation.