Rabbi David Stav joined the leadership of Ohr Torah Stone (OTS) in January of 2015. As Co-Chancellor of OTS, Rabbi Stav serves alongside OTS Founder and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin; and Rabbi Kenneth Brander, OTS’s President and Rosh HaYeshiva.
Rabbi David Stav is Chief Rabbi of the City of Shoham and Chairman of the Tzohar organization, a graduate of Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav with qualification for Dayanut (serving as a Rabbinical Judge) from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He is the author of Bein Ha-Zemanim, a book about culture and recreation in Jewish thought and law and Parsha B’Ktana, a collection of thoughts on the connection between the weekly Torah portion and modern living, based on his weekly column in the Israel Hayom newspaper.
One of Israel’s most visible rabbinic figures, Rabbi Stav appears regularly on Israeli television and radio and lectures to a wide range of audiences. He is an outspoken advocate for an accessible, compassionate and embracing Judaism which will repair the rifts in Israeli society and alleviate the alienation many Israelis feel in crucial areas such as conversion, marriages and divorces; he has devoted his life to promoting an ethical, inclusive and inspiring approach to Zionist, Jewish life in Israel.
“Rabbi Stav’s values, worldview and goals match those of OTS: promoting outreach, acceptance and inclusion, making Judaism accessible, building bridges between contemporary challenges and the principles of halakha, and seeking the greatest common denominator amongst all segments of am yisrael,” said Rabbi Riskin. “On the basis of these ideals Rabbi Stav and I have cooperated widely and often in the past, and it was only natural from our point of view to ask him to join us in the navigation of our growing network.”
“Ohr Torah Stone has made a significant impact on the Jewish world and the addition of Rabbi Stav to the steering of our network has enabled us to impact even further through articulating our message and promoting it within our diverse Israeli society,” said Yinon Ahiman, Director General of OTS. “Rabbi Stav is a Talmid Chacham (Torah scholar) of great importance with outstanding leadership capabilities whose tremendous experience in the field has led him to a deep understanding of Israeli society, the Jewish people, the challenges posed by the modern world and the manner in which to relate to them. His involvement greatly enriches each of our institutions.”
- ABOUT Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, OTS FOUNDER AND ROSH HAYESHIVA
- ABOUT Rabbi Kenneth Brander, OTS PRESIDENT AND ROSH HAYESHIVA