Rabbi Dr. Yehuda Seif is the founder and Rosh Yeshiva/Midrasha of Midreshet and Yeshivat Torah v’Avodah, which he started in 2014 upon his Aliyah. He studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion and received his ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg. He received his BA from Columbia College, his MA in Religion and Education from Columbia’s Teacher’s College, and Israeli Teacher Certification from Herzog College. He was a fellow at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at the Cardozo School of Law, and he completed his PhD in Religious Studies at University of Pennsylvania. Rabbi Seif has extensive formal and informal educational experience teaching and leading programs for high school and college students. He served as a Senior Program Officer at the Tikvah Fund, a foundation devoted to Jewish excellence and promoting serious Jewish thought about the enduring questions of human life and the pressing challenges that confront the Jewish people. After initiating a high school scholars program at the foundation, R’ Seif taught Tikvah Scholars classes at Kohelet Yeshiva High School, focusing on the intersection between Jewish law, thought and Western Humanities. He served as the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus educator at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2006.

He, along with his wife Orit and their five sons currently live in Efrat.

Field / Profession: Educator

Educator at: Yeshiva, Midrasha

Speaking Topics: Torah, Israel, Eretz Yisrael, Mussar/Character Development, Family Education, Halacha & the Modern World, Campus/Students

Sample Topics - General:
"Four Essentials of Jewish Leadership"
"Giving 'Till it Hurts: May Tzedaka be Coerced?"
"Charity and Hospitality--Lessons from Avraham Avinu"
"Enlightened Self-Interest"
"Jewish Perspectives on Truth Tolerance and Pluralism"
"Strategies for Success: Challenges and Opportunities for Orthodox Jews in the Year in Israel and on College Campuses."

Sample Topics - Israel Related:
Mitzvot Dependent on the Land of Israel: The Mystery of שכחה
Kashrut, Jewish Particularism, and the Land of Israel
Moshe Rabbeinu and the Challenge of the “First Zionists”
Must we Prioritize the Poor of the Land of Israel?
The Long Road to Redemption
Contemporary Reflections on Galut

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Languages: English, Hebrew

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