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Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe


Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe is Scholar- in-Residence to Chabad at Harvard,

Dean of the Institute of American and Talmudic Law in New York, NY,

Member of the editorial staff at

Rabbi Yaffe has lectured and led seminars throughout North America, as well as in Mexico, Europe, and South Africa.

Rabbi Yaffe was born in Brooklyn, NY, and raised in Portland, ME, and Los Angeles, CA. He studied at Yeshivot (rabbinic colleges) in Miami, London, and New York and received rabbinic ordination from Yeshivat Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch, Brooklyn, NY in 1989.

He was a fellow of the post-ordination program at the Leeds Kollel in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England from 1990- 1992.

Rabbi Yaffe founded and directed the Institute for Jewish Literacy at Chabad of Greater Hartford from 1997 – 2000. The Institute provides a coherent body of Jewish knowledge to the entire spectrum of the Jewish community regardless of background or previous Judaic experience. Rabbi Yaffe leads the Kabbalah Circle, making Kabbalistic ideas and texts available to the Greater Hartford community and beyond .

Rabbi Yaffe has also created WITS – the Women’s Intensive Textual/Torah Study Program, which draws women from throughout the spectra of our community for in-depth Torah study.

A significant aspect of his work is making the sometimes complex and abstruse world of Jewish mysticism accessible and useful in daily life.