Ten New Rabbis for the Jewish People

Ten New Rabbis for the Jewish People

In a library filled with proud family members and fellow students, 10 men officially received rabbinic ordination from the Joseph & Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary, having successfully completed exams on Kashrut, Shabbat, Family Purity, Mourning and Marriage.

JAVASKY family
Michal and Rabbi Aviel Javaksky pose with their daughter and Aviel’s new semikha certification

“I learned so much more than how to respond to halakhic questions,” stated newly-ordained Rabbi Aviel Javasky. “At the Joseph and Gwendolyn Straus Rabbinical Seminary I learned philosophy, met with psychologists to discuss mental health issues, and gained practical skills related to all of the topics we studied.”

Javasky and his wife Michal will be moving shortly to Hong Kong, where he will serve as Assistant Rabbi and she will be responsible for the community’s informal Jewish education. His words were spoken at the recent Chag HaSemikha ceremony for ten newly-ordained Straus Seminary rabbis. Seven of the rabbis completed the Torat Yosef kollel for Diaspora rabbis with an eye toward returning to serve abroad; three of the rabbis completed the intensive five-year Straus Kollel for Israelis.

The festive ceremony was opened by Rabbi Sarel Rosenblatt, Rosh Kollel of the Straus Israeli program, who noted that “the role of a rabbi is to bring a love of Torah and a love of humankind to unite heaven and earth.”

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Continuing this message, OTS President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Kenneth Brander discussed the importance of communication and connection – between people and God, and between people with other people. He explained, “The job of a rabbi is to be the bridge between God and the Jewish community, whether you serve as a community leader or an educator, or even if you choose to work in business. It is a tremendous privilege, and a tremendous responsibility.”

OTS Founder and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Shlomo Riskin also wished the graduates well. “Your job now is to continue what you have learned from us,” he charged. “We will always be here for you.”

Mazal Tov to the New Rabbis:

  • Yosef Chaim Akuni
  • Eliahu Bar Geva
  • Rotem Chubera
  • Yissachar Giladi
  • Tzuri Hasson
  • Tzach Houri
  • Aviel Javasky
  • Matti Laufer
  • Yonatan Segel
  • Yehoshua Yaakobi


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