Ohr Somayach, Jerusalem

For other uses of "Ohr Somayach", see Ohr Somayach (disambiguation).
Ohr Somayach entrance sign

Ohr Somayach (also Or Samayach or Ohr Somayach International) was founded in 1970. It is a yeshiva based in Jerusalem catering mostly to young Jewish men, usually of college age, who are already interested in learning about Judaism. It is known as a "baal teshuva" yeshiva since it caters to Jews with little or no background in Judaism, but with an interest in studying the classic texts such as the Talmud and responsa. Students are recruited either locally or from other countries where the yeshiva has established branches, such as in the United States, Canada, South Africa, United Kingdom, Australia, Ukraine and Russia.


In 1970, Rabbis Noah Weinberg, Mendel Weinbach, Nota Schiller, and Yaakov Rosenberg, founded Shema Yisrael Yeshiva to attract young Jewish men with little or no background in Jewish studies.[1][2][3] Weinberg left the yeshiva over a difference in philosophy and founded Aish HaTorah in 1974.[3]

In 1973, Shema Yisrael changed its name to Ohr Somayach, the title of a commentary on the Mishneh Torah written by Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk.

Notable faculty

Notable alumni


See also


  1. Donn, Rabbi Yochanan. "Conscience of the Lost Jews: Harav Yisroel Noah Weinberg, zt"l". Hamodia. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  2. "Did You Know That #16". Ohr Somayach International. 1 March 2003. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  3. 1 2 Kaplan, Dana Evan (2011). Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal. Columbia University Press. pp. 294–295. ISBN 023113729X.
  4. Kotkes, Leah. "A Fairy Tale Prince and Princess". Binah, 1 April 2007, pp. 1623.
  5. Herzig, Gur Aryeh (April 10, 2013). "Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg Galvanizes Global Audiences" (PDF). Hamodia. Retrieved 20 May 2014. Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg grew up in Brooklyn. His education began in the Bobover Yeshivah and continued in the Chuster Rebbe’s yeshivah, Toras Chessed. Later he traveled to Eretz Yisrael and learned in the yeshivah of his cousin, the Pittsburgher Rebbe of Ashdod. From there he went on to the Mirrer Yeshivah in Yerushalayim. He also completed a two-year program in rabbinical outreach at Yeshivas Ohr Somayach.

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