Yonason Sacks

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Yonason Sacks is an Orthodox rabbi and the Rosh Yeshiva of Lander College for Men, a division of Touro College, as well as the spiritual leader of the Agudas Yisroel of Passaic Park in Passaic, New Jersey.

Family history[edit]

Rabbi Sacks' father was one of the leaders of Jewish education in Chicago, Illinois, and his great-grandfather was the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank. Rabbi Sacks dedicated his first book, Chemdas Yomim (focusing on the laws of the Sabbath) in memory of his father.


Rabbi Sacks attended the high school headed by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and Rabbi Pinchas Bak in Riverdale, New York in the mid 1970s.

Rabbi Sacks graduated from Yeshiva University in 1981 and was ordained by the University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1984. Two years later, he was awarded Semikha Yadin Yadin, an advanced rabbinic ordination enabling him to serve as a posek - decisor of Jewish law.

Rosh Yeshiva[edit]

Rabbi Sacks was Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University from 1994 until 2012, when he became Rosh Yeshiva at Beis Midrash L'talmud, a part of Lander College.

Educational method[edit]

When giving a shiur Rabbi Sacks uses a two step approach to topic analysis. First, in an effort to understand the topic in a wider context than the case at hand, Rabbi Sacks will branch out into other areas of halacha (Jewish Law) examining the topic as it appears throughout the Talmud. The information gleaned from the broad analysis is applied to the case at hand. Secondly, Rabbi Sacks will elaborate on parenthetical points made by the Talmud, giving his students a background in these important issues.


Sacks is the author of multiple books on Jewish law:

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