Kol Torah is a yeshiva in the Bayit Vegan area of Jerusalem, Israel founded in 1939. It is famous for its high standards in Talmudic teaching and quality of students, who are recognised as being some of the foremost Talmudists in the world.
Yeshivas Kol Torah was founded in 1939 by Rabbi Dr. Yechiel Michel Schlesinger (1898–1948), born in Hamburg, Germany and Rabbi Boruch Kunstadt, a Dayan from Fulda, Germany. It was the first mainstream Haredi yeshiva to teach in Hebrew, as opposed to Yiddish, as was accepted at the time. This innovation had the crucial support of the Chazon Ish.
After Rabbi Schlesinger's death in 1949, Kol Torah was headed by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, until his death in 1995.
Currently Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Schlesinger, eldest son of the founder, is serving as Rosh yeshiva. Kol Torah is separated into two parts, the rabbinical college and the high school. The number of students in both combined reaches around 1000 students.
Notable faculty members
- Rabbi Gavriel Bollag (member of the Mir Shanghai Yeshiva, 1911–2007)
- Rabbi Yitzchok Yerucham Bordiansky (son in law of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach).
- Rabbi Boruch Shmuel Deutsch (chief disciple of Rabbi Elazar Shach)
- Rabbi Shimon Moshe Diskin (1932–1999)
- Rabbi Avrohom Erlanger (author of the famous "Birkas Avrohom" books)
- Rabbi Dovid Hecksher (1943–1997)
- Rabbi Yitzchok Lorincz (son of Knesset Member Rabbi Shlomo Lorincz, and married the granddaughter of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach).
- Rabbi Dr. Yonah Merzbach (for many years chief editor of the Talmudic Encyclopedia and former rabbi of Darmstadt, Germany, 1900–1980)
- Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth (author of Shemiras Shabbos Kehilchosoh, 1927-2013)
- Rabbi Sholom Povarsky, son of Rabbi Dovid Povarsky
- Rabbi Yosef Yehuda Reiner
- Rabbi Yaakov Steinhouse (author of the "Dvar Yaakov" books)
- Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Biberfeld (1915–1999), Chief Rabbi of Munich
- Rabbi Yehoshua Erenberg, the Rosh Yeshivot of "Kneses Yitzchok" -Chadera and Kiryat Sefer.
- Rabbi Benyamin Goldstein, current Chief Rabbi of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
- Rabbi Nissan Kaplan, one of the head lecturers at Mir Yeshiva, Jerusalem.
- Rabbi Meir Kessler, rabbi of Modi'in Illit.
- Rabbi Ephraim Klyne, dean of Torah Temimah School, London.
- Rabbi Israel Meir Lau (b. 1937), Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel (1993–2003)
- Norman Lebrecht (born 1948), British commentator on music and cultural affairs, and novelist
- Rabbi Nachum Neriya (born 1941), son of Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Neriya and founder of Torah Betziyon.
- Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth (b. 1927), author of Shemiras Shabbos KeHilchasa
- Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy Sites of Israel
- Rabbi Shmuel Reiner (b. 1954), established Yeshivat Maale Gilboa (later a student of Rabbi Meir Schlesinger at Yeshivat Shaalvim)
- Rabbi Meir Schlesinger (b. 1935), nephew of Rabbi Dr. Yechiel Michel Schlesinger, founder of Yeshivat Shaalvim
- Rabbi Don Segal, mashgiach of Mir Yeshiva and Yeshivas Tifrach
- Rabbi Dr. Daniel Sperber (b. 1940), Professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University
- Rabbi Moshe Stav, rebbe at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh
- Rabbi Chaim Walder, bestselling author of Haredi children's literature
- Rabbi Yechezkel Yaakovson (b. 1954), retired Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Shaalvim (later a student of Rabbi Meir Schlesinger at Yeshivat Shaalvim)
- Rabbi Yitzhak Shlomo Zilberman (1929-2001), founder of Yeshivat Aderet Eliyahu, and pioneer of the Zilberman Method in Jewish education
- Rotem, Tamar (4 January 2002). "Very Telling, These Tales: Chaim Walder is the darling of ultra-Orthodox children: They write to him, tell him their secrets, consult him. An ultra-Orthodox writer of children's books, Walder is in fact a revolutionary who, with the approval of the rabbis, is introducing a new language – the language of the emotions – into a closed society". Haaretz. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
- KOL TORAH RABBINICAL COLLEGE.
- HaRav Yechiel Schlesinger zt"l Part 1
- HaRav Yechiel Schlesinger zt"l Part 2
- HaRav Yechiel Schlesinger zt"l Part 3