David Harris (rabbi)

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Rabbi David Harris Shlit"a
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Rabbi Dovid Harris giving shiur
Position Co-Rosh Yeshiva (Dean)
Organization Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim: Rabbinical Seminary of America
Began April 15, 2008
Ended Incumbent
Predecessor Rabbi Henoch Leibowitz
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 71–72)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Nationality  United States of America
Denomination Orthodox
Residence Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, New York
Occupation Rabbi
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Dovid Harris (born 1945) is an Orthodox rabbi who along with Rabbi Akiva Grunblatt, serves as co-Rosh Hayeshiva (deans) at the Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yisrael Meir HaKohen.[1] He is a prominent figure in the yeshiva world and speaks annually at the Torah Umesorah - National Society for Hebrew Day Schools convention. He also serves on the Rabbinic advisory committee of Torah Umesorah.

Life and education[edit]

Rabbi Harris was born in 1945 in Scranton Pennsylvania where he attended Scranton Hebrew Day school. After graduation, looking for a yeshiva high school, he decided on the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens New York. It was really a monumental decision because Rabbi Harris has spent his entire life studying or working for the Yeshiva and its affiliates. Rabbi Harris graduated from high school and continued on in the Yeshiva's post-high school program. In 1964 Rabbi Harris, along with the entire Yeshiva, traveled to Israel to study. In 1968 Rabbi Harris returned to Israel along with the entire Yeshiva. He would remain behind in 1969 to help strengthen the Israel branch. Rabbi Harris would complete his studies at the Yeshiva in 1973 after receiving his rabbinic ordination.


In 1974 he co-founded the school's first external affiliate branch, the Talmudical Institute of Upstate New York, also known as "Rochester", together with Rabbi Menachem Davidowitz.[2]

In the Fall of 1988, Rabbi Dovid Harris also founded Mesivta Tiferes Yisroel, another branch of the Chofetz Chaim Network.

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