rabbi yitzchok knobel - rosh kollel
Rabbi Yitzchok Knobel, Rosh Kollel, has a unique depth and breadth to his Torah experience and scholarship. While many benefit from one stream of learning, Rabbi Knobel was privileged to study with many of the great gaonim of the previous generation. He was a student of the Lithuanian Torah giants who taught half a century ago at the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva and was a close Talmid of the Roshei Yeshiva of Philadelphia , Harav Elya Svei and Harav Shmuel Kaminetsky.
In 1962, Rabbi Knobel entered the Lakewood Yeshiva, where he was privileged to study for a short time under Moreinu Rav Aharon Kotler, z’tl and subsequently for twelve years under the guidance of Hagaon Rav Shneuer Kotler, z’tl and the Mashgiach Rav Noson Wachtfogel, z’tl.In 1967, Rabbi Knobel married the granddaughter of Moreinu Harav Yaakov Kaminetzky, z’tl, and began a close relationship with Rav Yaakov which lasted for seventeen years. For decades, Rav Knobel has shared with his talmidim his experiences and Torah from this unique Torah source. In addition, Rav Knobel forged a warm kesher with Moreinu Harav Avraham Pam, z’tl for several decades, from whom he received his ordination. The unique breadth of his Torah experience and the mentoring he received over the decades makes Rabbi Knobel’s Torah and Mussar particularly appealing and inspiring to his students and community at large.
rabbi moshe zev katzenstein - rosh yeshiva
Rabbi Moshe Zev Katzenstein, scion of a very distinguished family of the German Jewish community of Washington Heights, received his early chinuch at the famed Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch under the direction of Harav Yosef Breuer z’tl, and had a close relationship with Harav Shimon Schwab, z’tl.In Eretz Yisroel, he studied in Yeshiva Be’er Yaakov under the renowned Rosh Yeshiva Harav Moshe Shmuel Shapiro, and became a disciple of the great Mashgiach Harav Shlomo Wolbe, an outstanding Mussar mentor. Rav Katzenstein shares this tradition of Mussar through his regularly scheduled group shiurim and private talks. Rav Katzenstein continued his advanced learning in the Kollel of the Mirrer Yeshiva of Yerushalayim for four years until receiving his first advanced teaching position.A Rebbe for 17 years, Rav Katzenstein enjoys an impressive list of alumni with whom he keeps a close kesher and who are proud to call him their Rebbe. They consult with him on all important issues. This same dedication is shown to each talmid in the Yeshiva Gedolah of the Five Towns.Rabbi Katzenstein graduated with a B.A. in 1981 from City College of New York, received an M.S. from Brooklyn Polytechnic in 1985, as well as a degree in education from Torah Umesorah in 1986.
rabbi yaakov zvi goodman
Rabbi Yaakov Zvi Goodman hails from a distinguished family of the Chicago Jewish community and was an outstanding talmid of Harav Elya Svei at the Yeshiva of Philadelphia. He further enhanced his reputation as an outstanding Talmid Chochom while studying at the Mirrer Yeshiva in Yerushalayim and at the Lakewood Yeshiva upon his return to America.The shiurim of Rav Goodman have become well-known for both their depth and clarity of presentation. They are the focal point of intense preparation and review by the Kollel and Bais Medrash Talmidim of the Yeshiva. Rav Goodman’s soft-spoken and pleasant manner has endeared him to everyone.