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About Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Rabbi Asher Lopatin is the president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School. Previously, he was the spiritual leader of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago. Ordained by Rav Ahron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago, and also by RIETS/Yeshiva University in New York, Rabbi Lopatin was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He was both a Rhodes and Truman Scholar, and holds an M.Phil. in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University, where he also did doctoral work on Islamic Fundamentalist attitudes toward Jews. Rabbi Lopatin is the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles in several books, journals and Web sites, and has been the co-chair of the Muslim-Jewish Community Building Initiative of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. He is married to Rachel Tessler Lopatin, a Wexner Graduate Fellow herself, and together they have four children.

Written by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Five Pillars of Orthodox Judaism or Open Charedism

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin, August 2, 2017

Click here to read Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s article “Five Pillars of Orthodox Judaism or Open Charedism” originally published in Jewish Theology in Our Time: A New Generation Explores the Foundations & Future of Jewish Belief.…

Taking Back Modern Orthodox Judaism

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin, January 3, 2017

Modern Orthodoxy as it developed in 20th-century America was dynamic, vibrant, challenging, and filled with new insights into Judaism. This was made possible not by taking in the values of modernity wholesale but by maintaining a positive attitude toward those values and not opposing them merely because they were foreign.…

Rabbi Asher Lopatin’s Knesset Remarks

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin, December 30, 2016

Honorable MK Elazar Shtern, MK Aliza Lavie, Chairman Natan Sharansky, Rabbis, Rabbaniot, and all who are leaders and thinkers: Israel’s Law of Return: Sometimes we in the Diaspora ask, does the State of Israel, the Jewish State, really believe in and support the Law of Return. …

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin, September 23, 2016

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives Parshat Tzav   “This is the Torah of the sacrifice… let the priest where his cloth clothes…and lift the ashes that the fire creates… and place them near the altar.” (Leviticus 6:2-3). When we think of sacrifices and gifts to others, we think of important things: objects of beauty and value, gestures that sacrifice our time and money but show our love and concern for others. …

“And I Will Draw Water for Your Camels, Too!”

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin, September 23, 2016

What an incredible scene: we meet Rebecca, the heir to the Hebraic dynasty, taking charge of her life and the life of all those around her, and the lives of all those who will be her descendants.  Rebecca is incredibly powerful and decisive, not leaving things to chance or happenstance. …

Can We Build Bridges Both to the Left and to the Right – Simultaneously?

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin, September 23, 2016

Lessons from my first year at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah “Excuse me for a moment; I need to take this call,” I said to the rabbis I was meeting with at an important convention for Chareidi professionals dealing with practical halachic issues and public policy. …

Non-Heart-Beating Donation from Brain Dead Patients: Rav Ahron Soloveichik’s Solution

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin, September 22, 2016

Non-Heart-Beating Donation  from Brain Dead Patients: Rav Ahron Soloveichik’s Solution From “Halakhic Realities,” pp. 253-261   I. THE POSITION OF RABBI AHRON SOLOVEICHIK Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik is generally seen as a great opponent of using brain death to define the end of life.…