Rabbi Elchanan Adler

Theological Seminary, New York, NY


Oct 29, 2015

Rabbi Elchanan Adler has served since 1998 as a Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) of Yeshiva University, where he occupies the Eva, Morris and Jack Rubin Chair in Rabbinics. His affiliation with YU began in 1988 as a fellow of the Gruss Kollel Elyon (RIETS). While there, he edited Beit Yosef Shaul, Volumes 3 and 4, and received the prestigious Imrei Shefer writing award. He later served as Shoel U’Meishiv/Sgan Mashgiach (mentor/counselor to students) prior to his 1998 appointment as a Rosh Yeshiva.

An accomplished speaker and writer, Rabbi Adler has lectured in communities across the country and has published numerous Torah articles on diverse topics of Jewish thought. He served as co-editor of the Torah journal, Or HaMizrach, from 2003-2006, and is the author of Sefer Mitzvat HaShabbat (2008), dealing with the evolution of the mitzvah of Shabbat and Yerach Tov: Birkat HaChodesh in Jewish Law and Liturgy (OU Press, 2014). Rabbi Adler holds a BA Summa Cum Laude in Psychology from CUNY and an MS in Secondary Jewish Education from Yeshiva University’s Azrielli Graduate School, where he received the Axelrod Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence. Rabbi Adler studied at the Mirrer Yeshiva and Yeshivas Beis Yosef-Novordak, and received semikha (rabbinic ordination) from Rav Dovid Feinstein, Rosh Yeshiva, Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem.

Rabbi Adler is married to Miriam (Gaisin) Adler Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist. They reside in Passaic, NJ, along with their five children.