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Yonason Sacks is an Orthodox rabbi and the Rosh Yeshiva of Lander College for Men, a division of Touro College, as well as the spiritual leader of the Agudas Yisroel of Passaic Park in Passaic, New Jersey.
Rabbi Sacks' grandfather was one of the leaders of Jewish education in Chicago, Illinois, and his great-grandfather was the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank. Rabbi Sacks dedicated his first book, Chemdas Yomim (focusing on the laws of the Sabbath) in memory of his father.
Rabbi Sacks lives with his family in Passaic. His eldest son Dov is a prominent attorney in Maine. His daughter Chana is a physician-writer, based in Boston.
Rabbi Sacks graduated from Yeshiva University in 1981 and was ordained by the University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1984. Two years later, he was awarded Yadin Yadin semikha.
When giving a shiur Rabbi Sacks uses a two step approach to topic analysis. First, in an effort to understand the topic in a wider context than the case at hand, Rabbi Sacks will branch out into other areas of halacha (Jewish Law) examining the topic as it appears throughout the Talmud. The information gleaned from the broad analysis is applied to the case at hand. Secondly, Rabbi Sacks will elaborate on parenthetical points made by the Talmud, giving his students a background in these important issues.
Sacks is the author of multiple Jewish books:
- Hagadas Chazon L'Yomim (Hebrew and English)
- Chazon L'Yomim 1, 2 & 3 on Tractates Pesachim and Beitzah
- Chemdas Yomim on the laws of Shabbos
- Orchos Yomim on kriyas shema and shmoneh esrei
- Yimei Temimim on Pirkei Avos
- Yimei HaPurim on the holiday of Purim
- Yimei HaSefira on the days of Sefirat Ha'omer
- Yom HaZikaron on the holiday of Rosh Hashanah
- Yimei Chanukaon the holiday of Chanukah
- Vihigasa Bo Yomam Valaya, a three-part series on mitzvos, Torah study, and middos
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