Aharon Feldman

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Rabbi Aharon Feldman
Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Ner Yisroel
Rabbi Aharon Feldman.jpg
Rabbi Aharon Feldman in 2010
Position Rosh yeshiva
Yeshiva Yeshivas Ner Yisroel
Began 2001
Predecessor Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg
Personal details
Birth name Aharon Feldman
Born 1932
Parents Rabbi Joseph H. Feldhman
Spouse Lea
Occupation Rosh yeshiva

Aharon Feldman (born 1932)[1] is an Orthodox Jewish rabbi and rosh yeshiva (dean) of Yeshivas Ner Yisroel (Ner Israel Rabbinical College) in Baltimore, Maryland. He has held this position since 2001.

Biography[edit]

He is the son of Rabbi Joseph H. Feldman (died 1992), a native of Warsaw and scion of a rabbinical family.[2] The elder Feldman served as a rabbi in Manchester, New Hampshire in the 1930s, but left that post to assume the helm of Baltimore's Franklin Street Synagogue so his sons could attend a Hebrew day school.[3] He was the last rabbi to formally serve as chief rabbi of Baltimore.[citation needed] Feldman has two brothers; his elder brother,[4] Rabbi Emanuel Feldman, was the prominent spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Jacob of Atlanta, Georgia for 40 years.[2] His younger brother, Rabbi Joel Feldman, is a former dean of Talmudical Academy of Baltimore.

Feldman was born and raised in Baltimore, where he attended the Talmudical Academy and Ner Yisroel, becoming a close disciple of rosh yeshiva Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg.[1] Afterwards he taught in several yeshivas in New York.[1]

In 1961 Feldman and his wife Leah made aliyah with their family to Israel in order to raise their eight children in a more religious environment.[1] They lived in Bnei Brak for 12 years and relocated to Jerusalem in 1973.[1] Feldman served as one of the rosh yeshivas of Ohr Somayach yeshiva for many years, and also founded Yeshiva Be'er HaTorah in Jerusalem in the early 1990s.[1]

In 2001 Feldman accepted the request of Ner Yisroel to serve as its rosh yeshiva.

In 2005, he was one of 15 Jewish educators invited to an informal discussion on Jewish education in the White House's Roosevelt Room.[5]

Public positions[edit]

In 1994, he spoke publicly against the actions of Baruch Goldstein saying that there could be "no justification", and describing the actions as "way beyond the pale".[6]

Feldman was interviewed in the 2001 documentary film Trembling before G-d about young orthodox Jewish gay men.[7]

In 2003, in response to a question from Gil Student, Feldman issued a ruling regarding Chabad messianists. He drew a distinction between what he terms the "meshichists" (those who believe the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson is the messiah) and the "elokists" (those who believe he was a part of God or God "clothed in a body"). He rules that it is forbidden to associate with elokists under any circumstances due to their heresy and they cannot be counted for a minyan. He rules it is also forbidden to support the meshichists in any way that lends credence to their messianic beliefs though they are not strictly heretics.[8]

In 2005, he wrote a critique of Rabbi Natan Slifkin, explaining and defending the 2004 ban issued against Slifkin's books.[9]

In 2013, he called Israeli MK Rabbi Dov Lipman a rasha (wicked person) for trying to impose radical changes in Yeshiva education without consulting with Torah authorities. He later retracted this statement, saying that he believed that Rabbi Lipman is merely misguided and that his intentions are "for the sake of heaven."[10]

Audio Lectures[edit]

Selected bibliography[edit]

External links[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Matthews, Mark (31 July 2001). "Rabbi returns to U.S. roots". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Papers". The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. October 2002. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Oberstein, Rabbi Elchonon (October 2009). "A Conversation with Rabbi Emanuel Feldman". Where What When. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Gros, Michael (27 January 2010). "A Shul and a Mission". Mishpacha Magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Brown, Ellen Schur. "Bush hosts discussion on Jewish education", Cleveland Jewish News, December 16, 2005
  6. ^ Lipman, Steve. "Way Beyond The Pale: Rabbis say Baruch Goldstein's murder rampage". Jewish Week, March 10, 1994.
  7. ^ Trembling Before Gd overreaches, Deseret Morning News, February 14, 2003.
  8. ^ http://moshiachtalk.tripod.com/feldman.pdf See also Rabbi Feldman's letter to David Berger:http://www.stevens.edu/golem/llevine/feldman_berger_sm_2.jpg
  9. ^ Feldman, Aharon (June 27, 2005). "The Slifkin Affair – Issues and Perspectives". Retrieved 5 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Rav Aharon Feldman". Retrieved 19 May 2013.