Avigdor Nebenzahl

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Avigdor Nebenzahl
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Born1935 (age 87–88)
SpouseChaya Leah Galandauer
ChildrenChizkiyahu Nebenzahl
DenominationOrthodox Judaism
SynagogueRamban Synagogue
PositionRosh yeshiva
YeshivaYeshivat Netiv Aryeh

Avigdor Nebenzahl (born 1935) is an Israeli Orthodox rabbi and Posek. He is the senior rosh yeshiva at Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, a faculty member at Yeshivat HaKotel, and rabbi of the Ramban Synagogue. Nebenzahl previously served as rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem, before the post was handed over to his son Chizkiyahu Nebenzahl.


Avigdor Nebenzahl was born to Yitzhak Nebenzahl, the State Comptroller of the State of Israel from 1948 to 1981, Israel's Ombudsman from 1961 to 1981, and a senior officer in the Bank of Israel and the Postal Bank. His sister, Plia Albeck, was head of the Civil Department of the State Prosecutor's Office for 24 years.[1] Nebenzahl's first wife, Shifra Nebenzahl (née Finkel), died on February 12, 2016. Shifra was a member of the Mirrer Yeshiva family; her paternal grandfather, Eliezer Yehuda Finkel was its rosh yeshiva for 48 years. Her father, Chaim Zev Finkel, was a mashgiach ruchani (spiritual guidance counselor) of the yeshiva. Her brother-in-law, Aaron Chodosh, was a mashgiach there, and her brother Aryeh Finkel was the rosh yeshiva of its Brachfeld branch until his death on August 10, 2016.[2] Nebenzahl remarried at age 83.[3]

Rabbinic career[edit]

Nebenzahl was a faculty member of the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem before accepting positions at Yeshivat HaKotel and Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, where he has given weekly lectures. He hosts many of those students in his home for kiddush after Shabbat morning prayer services. Nebenzahl's scholarly works include a commentary on the Mishnah Berurah, books about the laws of the Jewish holidays and tractate Shabbat. He is the author of essays on the weekly Torah portion. Nebenzahl was Shlomo Zalman Auerbach's study partner for over 40 years. Joel Landau assisted Nebenzahl in publishing one of his first works.[4]

Views and opinions[edit]

Avigdor Nebenzahl

Nebenzahl opposes Jewish tour groups to the Temple Mount. In 2004 he stated before an Israeli court that any Jew guilty of selling parts of what he termed the Land of Israel falls under the law of Din Rodef, meaning he is subject to being killed legally under religious law.[5] In October of that year, Nebenzahl was one of the signatories to a letter of rabbis calling on members of the Israel Defense Forces to refuse to follow orders in connection with the Israeli disengagement from Gaza.[6]

In 2017, Nebenzahl penned a letter to Chaim Kanievsky, in which he decried the Jerusalem Municipality for sponsoring interfaith Hanukkah parties. In the letter, he implored Kanievsky to "instruct the members of the Knesset, Rabbi Gafni and Rabbi Maklev, to cancel this disgrace and remove the wrath of God from our people even before this matter becomes a big phenomenon that will be much more difficult to stop afterwards".[7]

Published works[edit]

Teshuvot Avigdor Halevi: She'elot u-teshuvot be-4 ḥelḳe ha-shulḥan ʻarukh tanakh ṿe-nośʼim shonim

Sefer Mi-Tsiyon mikhlal yofi : ḥidushim u-veʼurim ṿe-heʻarot

Yerushalayim be-moʻadeha

Sichot al ha-Torah


  1. ^ 27 September 2005 "Plia Albeck, Who Paved Legal Way for 100 Settlements, Dies", Haaretz
  2. ^ Obituary:Rebbetzin Shifra Nebenzahl
  3. ^ 19 September 2018 "Mazel Tov! Rav Avigdor Nebenzahl Engaged To Be Re-Married At Age 83", Yeshiva World News. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)". www.rabbis.org. Archived from the original on 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2017-02-22.
  5. ^ Nadav Shragai 'Top Rabbi: Din Rodef on Anyone Ceding Land,' Haaretz 30 June 2004
  6. ^ Marciano, Ilan; Weiss, Efrat (19 October 2004). "הקיבוץ הדתי נגד סירוב פקודה" [The Religious Kibbutz Movement Opposes Refusing Orders]. ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 6 April 2022.
  7. ^ Sones, Mordechai (13 December 2017). "Jerusalem Municipality Blasted for Interfaith Hanukkah Parties". Israel National News. Retrieved 5 April 2022.

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