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Shmuel Auerbach

Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach
Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach
Position Rosh yeshiva
Yeshiva Yeshivas Ma'alos HaTorah
Personal details
Birth name Shmuel Auerbach
Born 1931
Nationality Israeli
Residence Sha'arei Hesed, Jerusalem
Parents Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and Chaya Rivka Ruchamkin
Spouse Rachel

Shmuel Auerbach (Hebrew: שמואל אורבך‎) (born 1931[1]) is a prominent Haredi rabbi in Jerusalem, Israel. He is regarded as one of the leading non-Hasidic Lithuanian poskim (halachic authorities) for Haredi Ashkenazi Jews living in Israel, whose views and declarations are regarded as authoritative.[2] He is the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivas Maalot HaTorah[3] and the nasi (president) of Yeshivas Midrash Shmuel[4] and Yeshivas Toras Simcha,[5] both in Jerusalem. For a short time, he also served as one of the roshei yeshiva of Yeshivas Itri in Jerusalem.[6] He is a member of the Moetzes Gedolei HaTorah which guides the Degel HaTorah Israeli political party. He resides in the Sha'arei Hesed neighborhood of Jerusalem.


Auerbach is the eldest son of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and his wife, Chaya Rivka Ruchamkin.[3] He was born in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Sha'arei Hesed, as was his father.[3] He married Rachel Paksher[7] (d. 11 January 1990).[8] They had no children. He named his musar sefer Ohel Rachel in her memory.


  1. ^ "Rabbi Gallery — Ashkenazi". 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Top rabbis: IDF conversions endorse gentiles as Jews".  
  3. ^ a b c Sofer, D. "Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l".  
  4. ^ "Who's Who in Midrash Shmuel". Aliyos Shmuel. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Yeshivas Toras Simcha" (PDF). Chanukah 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2010. 
  6. ^ Greenwald, Avi (11 August 2009). "Baruch Dayan Emes: Rosh Yeshivas Itri ztz’l". Tog News. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Ginzburg, Eliezer ben Efrayim Mordekhai; Weinberger, Yosef; Scherman, Nosson (2007). Mishlei. Mesorah Publications, Ltd. p. 667.  
  8. ^ Geller, Shalom Yosef; Rubin, Yitzchak Mordechai (2003). Orchos Shabbat – Part One (in Hebrew). Machon Hadarat Yerushalayim.  Dedication page.

External links

  • Photo of Shmuel Auerbach with his parents and siblings, circa 1936
  • Photos of Rabbi Auerbach with Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv on Sukkot 2010
  • Video: Rav Shmuel Auerbach Lighting Menorah (2009)

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