Yaakov Ariel

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Yaakov Ariel (Hebrew: יעקב אריאל) is the chief rabbi of the city of Ramat Gan, Israel, and one of the leading rabbis of the religious Zionist movement. Ariel had served as the rosh yeshiva of the yeshiva in the abandoned Israeli settlement of Yamit in the Sinai Peninsula until 1982, and is currently the president of the Ramat Gan Yeshiva (roshei yeshiva are Rabbis Yehoshua Shapira and Ben-Tzion Moshe Elgazi). He also served as the rabbi of Kfar Maimon for about 25 years.[1]

Born in Jerusalem, Rabbi Ariel learned at the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva in Kfar HaRoeh, Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, Midreshet Noam in Pardes Hana, and Mercaz HaRav in Jerusalem. At Mercaz HaRav, he was one of the most important students of Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook.

In 2003, Ariel was a leading candidate for the Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, but lost due to opposition from the ultra-Orthodox. His brother, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, is the former chief rabbi of Yamit and founder of the Temple Institute.[2]

In September 2017, Rabbi Ariel announced that, having reached the age of 80, he was stepping down as rabbi of Ramat Gan.[3]

His Pupils[edit]

  • Rabbi Shlomo Levi, chief rabbi of Kiryat Shmona.
  • Rabbi Yehuda Amichay, the rabbi of Torah and the Land institute.


  • "Rising from the Desert"- Olah Min Hamidbar. About the building and destruction of Yamit.
  • "In the Tent of the Torah"- B'Ohala Shel Torah. Answers to Halachic questions; five volumes.
  • "From the tents of Torah"- Mei Ohalei HaTorah. Essays on the Jewish festivals and Chumash; two volumes.
  • "Halacha in Our Times" - Halacha b'Yameinu
  • "He Who Dwells in Tents" - Yosheiv Ohalim. Lectures on the Talmudic Tractates Ketubot and Kiddushin.


  1. ^ "Torah MiTzion - Publications - E-Bulletins". www.torahmitzion.org. Archived from the original on 2004-04-27.
  2. ^ The Temple Mount is in his hands – Haaretz – Israel News
  3. ^ "Rabbi Yaakov Ariel Announces He Is Stepping Down As Rav Of Ramat Gan". The Yeshiva World. September 17, 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2018.

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