Nosson Dovid Rabinowich

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Not to be confused with his great grandfather,[citation needed] the sainted Rabbi Nathan David Rabinowich of Shidlowce (1814-1865) who established a Hasidic court in 19th-century Poland or his sainted grandfather, Grand Rabbi Nathan David Rabinowitz of Partziwa (1866-1930) (נתן דוד רבינוביץ מפארציווא) who established[citation needed] a Hassidic Court in 20th century Poland.

Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich (נתן דוד רבינוביץ Nathan David Rabinowich) is an American scholar of classical and medieval Jewish history[1] and mara d'asra and Dean of Ahavath Torah Institute[citation needed] in Brooklyn, New York. He is a prolific author, see below, and a sought-after lecturer, specializing in both Jewish history and rabbinic literature. He is also a successful businessman and was the owner of one of the most successful Glatt kosher tour companies to Western Europe, Jewish Heritage Tours.

According to the website of Gil Student,[2] Rabbi Rabinowich is a modern advocate of what Berger (1998) calls "the theory of the two Jesuses."[3]

See more about Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich at

Selected published books[edit]

  • M. Mielziner's Talmudic Terminology adapted by Rabbi Nosson Dovid Rabinowich
    • This book was formerly published as Talmudic Terminology, having been plagiarized from Moses Mielziner's Introduction to the Talmud (1894) as was noted in brief by Rabbi Dr. Marc B. Shapiro.[4] Shortly after publication,[5] the book was reprinted (1988) with its title page identifying it as an adaptation from M. Mielziner, along with some small changes,[6] and concurrently, the approbations by Rabbis Ovadia Yosef and Aharon Feldman were removed.[7] In the second edition (revised and expanded, 1996) however, the approbations were reinstated and other changes were made including mention of Mielziner on the inside title page (similar to the reprinted first edition) but no longer on the book's front cover; on the back cover, explicit mention of the book being "an adaptation of one section in Mielziner's book" (i.e., part III); and the omission of chapter 12.[8]
  • English Translation of "The Iggeres of Rav Sherira Gaon"
  • R. Natan David Rabinowitz, בִּינוּ שְׁנֹות דֹּור־וָדֹור (Binu shenot dor-va-dor, "consider the years of many generations") 1984[9][10]
  • Be’airot Natan, (Hebrew), Bar Nedorai Publications, Bnei Brak, 1980 (Novellae on Seder Moed and Seder Kodashim)
  • Ve’eleh Ha’Dvorim She’nemru L’Dovid, (Hebrew), Bar Nedorai Publications, Jerusalem, 1983 (Hassidic Work)
  • Binu Shnot Dor Vador: Studies in Jewish History and Talmudic Literature in The Second Commonwealth Period, (Hebrew), Feldheim Publications, Jerusalem, 1985
  • The Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon, (English), Moznaim Publications, Jerusalem, 1988 (first-ever English translation)
  • Talmudic Terminology, (English), Moznaim Publications, Jerusalem, 1987, 1988. (an adaptation of M. Meilziner's classic)
  • The Iggeret of Rav Sherira Gaon, (Hebrew), Moznaim Publications, Jerusalem, 1991.(first-ever Hebrew translation)
  • Second Letter of Rav Sherira Gaon, (Hebrew), New York, 1992.
  • The Responsa of Rav Sherira ben Chanina Gaon, (Hebrew), Vol. I, Jerusalem, 1999.
  • Talmudic Terminology, (New and Revised 3rd Edition), (English), Moznaim Publications, Jerusalem, 1996.
  • Safra V’Saifa, The Battle of the Chasam Sofer against Early Reform Judaism (Hebrew), Ahavath Torah Institute, Jerusalem, 2003 (First edition); Jerusalem, 2004 (Second edition), 2005 (Third edition)
  • Reshimat Teshuvot Rav Sherira Gaon (Hebrew), Ahavath Torah Institute, New York, 2007

Selected Recent Articles[edit]

  • (2002-2003): Weekly contributor to the Jewish Press, largest Jewish weekly in America
  • "The Battle of Moses Sofer of Pressburg Against Reform Judaism" (1) (Hebrew), Ohr Yisroel, 24, 198-208, December, 2001
  • “The Battle of Moses Sofer of Pressburg Against Reform Judaism (2),” (Hebrew), Ohr Yisroel, 25, pp. 199–204; August, 2001,
  • “Chapters in the Chasam Sofer’s Battle Against the Innovators,” (Hebrew), Ha’Mayyan, 42, pp. 11–17, May, 2001
  • “More on the Eruv Controversy,” (Hebrew), Kerem B’Yavneh, 5, pp. 203–204, April 2001
  • “Identifying the ‘Rav Ha’Chovel’ in Tosafot, Megilla 31b,” (Hebrew), Sinai, 268-269, pp. 34-3, January 2001
  • “Are We Teaching Chumash Correctly to our Children?,” Hakirah, 1 (Fall 2004), pp. 25–39
  • “Was the Chasam Sofer Inconsistent?,” Hakirah, 4 ( Winter 2007), pp. 239–269
  • "The Three Haftorot of Punishment; A Novel Clarification of The Rambam’s Approach” (Hebrew), Hakirah, 6 (Summer 2008), pp. 23–35
  • “Biur Mechudash L’Sugyat Ha’Shas b’Masechet Succah” (Hebrew), Kovetz Etz Chaim 7(2009), pp. 295–303
  • B'ma'bat L'achor: Kamma He'arot B'Inyan "Heter" Achilat Kitniyot B'Pesach, (Hebrew), Kovetz Etz Chaim 15(2011), pp. 345–348
  • Articles in every issue of “Hakovetz” [2001-2011] (quarterly publication of Agudath Yisrael of Madison):
    • The Common Practice of Erev Rosh Hashana,Erev Yom Kippur and Erev Sukkos: Visiting a Cemetery or Giving Tzedakah ?
    • Interesting Insights into the Torah and Haftarah readings of the Upcoming Yomim Tovim
    • The Problematic Haftarah of "V'Urvah"
    • The Correct Interpretation of: שד"ש
    • Of Rambam, Happy Chanukah and Chanukah Gelt
    • Of Kitniyot, Orthodox Tradition and Reform Judaism
    • A Double Miracle: An Unknown Similarity Between Chanukah and Purim
    • Cruising Along the Halachic Way
    • The Case of the Missing Rosh Chodesh
    • Appreciating Rambam's Mishneh Torah, Hilchos Chanukah
    • A Misrepresentation of the Chasam Sofer
    • Purim: New Historical and Hashkafa Insights
    • Interesting Insights into the Rosh Hashana Mussaf


On February 14th, Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich was arrested after sending sexually explicit messages online to a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl and arranging to meet her in Queens for sex but was instead a NY police detective.[11]

On March 6th 2014, He was sentenced by the Queens Supreme court to a $5,000 fine, 10-years probation and registration as a Level 1 (low level) sex offender.[12]


  1. ^ Saul Lieberman and the Orthodox Marc B. Shapiro - 2006 The contemporary haredi historian Nosson Dovid Rabinowich is another interesting case. In his book Binu Shenot Dor va-Dor, published with the haskamot of, among others, Rabbis Moses Feinstein, Ovadiah Yosef, Isaac Hutner and Schneur ...
  2. ^ Gil Student article Jesus in the Talmud Two Yeshus "The standard rabbinic understanding of these passages is that these passages refer to at least two different people [cf. Tosafot HaRosh, Sotah 47a sv Yeshu, Shabbat 104b sv Ben Stada; Tosafot (uncensored) Shabbat 104b sv Ben Stada; R. Abraham Zacuto, Sefer Hayuchasin 5:6, R. Natan David Rabinowich, Binu Shenot Dor Vador, pp. 422-425]. The first lived in the first half of the first century BCE during the reign of Alexander Janneus. The second lived in the first half of the second century CE, during the time of the Roman persecution that led to Rabbi Akiva's tragic death."
  3. ^ Berger, D. Jewish history and Jewish memory: essays in honor of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi p33 Yosef Hayim , Elisheva Carlebach, John M. Efron - 1998 p33 "Now, if his argument that the Jesus of the boiling excrement is not the Talmud's Jesus of Nazareth still stands, then R. Yehiel has not two Jesuses but three, two of whom came from Nazareth, and this is in fact strongly implied in the .. Whatever one thinks of the sincerity of the multiple Jesus theory, R. Yehiel found a way to neutralize some dangerous ... In the fourteenth century, Moses ha-Kohen of Tordesillas made much stronger use of the theory of the two Jesuses in defending Judaism and the Talmud against renewed attack. For Moses, the lack of identity between the Talmud's Jesus and ... ." p49 "This discussion makes it perfectly clear that Duran gave no credence to a theory of two Jesuses"
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  7. ^ Rabbi Dr. Marc Shapiro asserts that the haskamot were omitted once "the scandal broke"... "since they praise Rabinowich for producing a book which he didn't write" (ibid.).
  8. ^ The first edition of Introduction to the Talmud by Moses Mielziner is available at and available for download in PDF format.
  9. ^ How do we know this?: Midrash and the fragmentation of modern Judaism p357 Jay Michael Harris - 1995 bibliography Rabinovich, Natan David ben Yehudah Leyb. Binu Shenot Dor va-Dor. Jerusalem: Feldheim, 1984
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  11. ^ "Rabbi Arrested After Trying to Lure Teenage Girl". New York Times. February 15, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Haredi Rabbi Who Solicited Sex From A 14-Year-Old Gets No-Jail Sentence". March 8, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2017.