Zalman Nechemia Goldberg

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Zalman Nechemia Goldberg
Zalman Nechemia Goldberg
DenominationOrthodox Judaism
PositionRosh yeshiva
PositionChief Justice
OrganisationJerusalem Rabbinical High Court

Zalman Nechemia Goldberg (Hebrew: זלמן נחמיה גולדברג‎) is a rabbi, posek, and rosh yeshiva in Israel. The scion of a Lithuanian Jewish family, Goldberg is also a son-in-law of Shlomo Zalman Auerbach.[1]

Goldberg is a halakhic authority and Chief Justice of the Rabbinical High Court in Jerusalem, where he has made rulings on the issues of gittin, ketubot, artificial insemination, and the commandment of living in the Land of Israel. He co-authored the Jewish prenuptial agreement sponsored by the Rabbinical Council of America together with Mordechai Willig.[2]

Goldberg is the rosh yeshiva of both the Sadigura Hasidic yeshiva and the Jerusalem College of Technology (Machon Lev), and heads the Institute for the Higher Study of Halacha (Machon Iyun Ha'Halacha) in Jerusalem. He has lectured extensively in the Chabad Yeshivat Torat Emet of Jerusalem on matters of Jewish law.[citation needed]

Goldberg is also well known for his semicha (rabbinic ordination) exams, which are often taken as an alternative to those offered by the Israeli Rabbinate.

In November 2009, Goldberg wrote an endorsement for The King's Torah, a controversial book by Yitzhak Shapira.[3] He later rescinded it, saying that the book includes statements that "have no place in human intelligence."[4]


  1. ^ "Legal issues Magazine". Retrieved 15 August 2008.
  2. ^ Rabbinical Council of America, 30 May 2006: "RCA Reaffirms its Commitment to Preventing Agunah Tragedies". Retrieved 4/3/2012
  3. ^ Matthew Wagner, "Book advocating killing gentiles who endanger Jews is hard to come by", Jerusalem Post, 11 November 2009
  4. ^ Daniel Estrin (22 January 2010). "The King's Torah: a rabbinic text or a call to terror?". HaAretz.