|Rabbi Malkiel Kotler|
|Yeshiva||Beth Medrash Govoha|
|Predecessor||Rabbi Shneur Kotler|
|Birth name||Aryeh Malkiel Kotler|
|Born||April 1951 (age 63)|
|Residence||Lakewood, New Jersey|
|Parents||Rabbi Shneur Kotler
Aryeh Malkiel Kotler (born April 1951) is a Haredi rabbi and rosh yeshiva of Beth Medrash Govoha (BMG) in Lakewood, New Jersey, one of the largest yeshivas in the world. Serving with him as roshei yeshiva (deans) are Rabbis Dovid Schustal, Yeruchem Olshin, and Yisroel Neuman. He is the son of the previous rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Shneur Kotler, and grandson of the founder of the yeshiva, Rabbi Aaron Kotler. He is a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah (Council of Torah Sages) of Agudath Israel of America.
Kotler was born to Rabbi Shneur Kotler and his wife, Rischel, the daughter of Rabbi Aryeh Malkiel Friedman. He was named after his maternal grandfather. On his father's side, he is the great-grandson of Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer. He has seven siblings.
Upon the death of his father in 1982, he was named to the position of rosh yeshiva together with Dovid Schustal, Yerucham Olshin, and Yisroel Neuman, who are all married to grandchildren of Aharon Kotler. At that time, BMG had an enrollment of some 800. Since then, enrollment has grown more than 800% to a current size of some 6,400 undergraduate and graduate students. To manage the huge enrollment, the four roshei yeshiva divide up the times they deliver shiurim (Torah lectures) in the various battei medrash (study halls) on campus. They have also appointed dozens of roshei chabura (heads of small study groups) to take responsibility for groups of students.
Kotler's first wife Hinda was the daughter of Rav Yechiel Michel and Lifsha (née Soloveitchik) Feinstein (i.e. she was the granddaughter of the Brisker Rav, Rabbi Yitzchok Zev Soloveitchik). When he was called back to the United States from Jerusalem to succeed his father as rosh yeshiva of BMG, his wife refused to go or to accept a get (Jewish divorce). Kotler received an extradordinary and rarely used exemption (Heter meah rabbanim), allowing him to take a second wife. Several months later he married his second wife Chana Leah Tikotzky.
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