Shmuel Auerbach

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Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach
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Auerbach in 2013
Position Rosh Yeshiva
Yeshiva Yeshivas Ma'alos HaTorah
Organisation Etz
Personal details
Birth name Shmuel Auerbach
Born 1931
Jerusalem, Israel
Nationality Israeli
Residence Sha'arei Hesed, Jerusalem
Parents Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and Chaya Rivka Ruchamkin
Spouse Rachel (deceased)

Shmuel Auerbach (Hebrew: שמואל אורבך‎) (born 1931[1]) is a prominent Haredi rabbi in Jerusalem, Israel. He is regarded as one of the leading non-Hasidic Lithuanian poskim (halachic authorities) for Haredi Ashkenazi Jews living in Israel, whose views and declarations are regarded as authoritative.[2] He is the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Maalot HaTorah[3] and the nasi (president) of Yeshivas Midrash Shmuel[4] and Yeshivas Toras Simcha,[5] both in Jerusalem. For a short time, he also served as one of the roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Itri in Jerusalem.[6] Formerly a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah of the Degel HaTorah Israeli political party, he now heads the rival Etz party, which he revived. He resides in the Sha'arei Hesed neighborhood of Jerusalem.


Auerbach is the eldest son of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and his wife, Chaya Rivka Ruchamkin.[3] He was born in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sha'arei Hesed, as was his father.[3] He married Rachel Paksher[7] (d. 11 January 1990).[8] They had no children. He named his musar sefer Ohel Rachel in her memory.


  1. ^ "Rabbi Gallery — Ashkenazi". 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Top rabbis: IDF conversions endorse gentiles as Jews". Ynetnews. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Sofer, D. "Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l". Yated Ne'eman (United States). Retrieved 19 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Who's Who in Midrash Shmuel". Aliyos Shmuel. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Yeshivas Toras Simcha" (PDF). Chanukah 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Greenwald, Avi (11 August 2009). "Baruch Dayan Emes: Rosh Yeshivas Itri ztz’l". Tog News. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Ginzburg, Eliezer ben Efrayim Mordekhai; Weinberger, Yosef; Scherman, Nosson (2007). Mishlei. Mesorah Publications, Ltd. p. 667. ISBN 1-4226-0590-6. 
  8. ^ Geller, Shalom Yosef; Rubin, Yitzchak Mordechai (2003). Orchos Shabbat – Part One (in Hebrew). Machon Hadarat Yerushalayim.  Dedication page.

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