Scholars in Residence

Scholars in Residence

Zvi Lapian is honoured to host esteemed scholars at our Yom Tov programs in Israel. 
For Pesach 2023, we will have the opportunity to hear lectures from these eminent Rabbis.

Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sinclair

Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sinclair served as Rabbi of the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation; Dean of Jews’ College, London; advisor to the UK Chief Rabbi on medical law and halakhah and to the Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons in relation to human genetics, and on the Ethics Committee of the Royal College of Physicians. He is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Institute on Religion, Law and Lawyer’s Work at Fordham University Law School, New York and Visiting Professor of Law; Professor of Public Health Law at Tel-Aviv University School of Public Health, and Adjunct Professor of Law and Religion at the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University Law School, Melbourne. He is the Rabbi of the Eretz Hemdah Minyan in Jerusalem. His publications in the field of Jewish Law and Comparative Biomedical Law comprise over 60 articles and several books.

Rabbi Prof. Sinclair will be Scholar in Residence at our Hacienda Forest View Hotel Pesach Program.

Rabbi Shai Finkelstein

Rabbi Shai Finkelstein was born in Israel, attended Yeshivat Shaalavim, served in the IDF, and was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. He lectures at Pardes, the OU Israel Center, Matan, Yeshurun Central Synagogue, and elsewhere. He is also the senior editor of the Koren Mikraot Hadorot at Koren Publications. Prior to his arrival at Nitzanim, Rav Shai spent 16 years as the Rosh Kollel of Torah Mitzion and the Senior Rabbi of the Baron Hirsch Congregation, both in Memphis, TN. During his tenure in Memphis, he also earned an MBA from the Fogelman School of Business and Economics from the University of Memphis. Rabbi Finkelstein became the Rav of Nitzanim in July, 2016, subsequent to which the shul has seen tremendous growth in programming, learning and popularity. Rav Shai and his wife Bilha have 4 children: Noga, Edya, David, and Hadas. 

Rabbi Finkelstein will be one of the Scholars in Residence at our Neve Ilan Hotel Pesach Program.

Rabbi Moshe Taragin has been a Ram at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Gush Etzion for the past 24 years. He has Semicha from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, a BA in Computer Science from Yeshiva College, and an MA in English Literature from City University. Rabbi Taragin previously taught Talmud at Columbia University, lectured in Talmud and Bible at the IBC and JSS divisions of Yeshiva University, and served as Assistant Rabbi at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue.

In addition, Rabbi Taragin currently teaches at the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. He is the author of an internet shiur entitled “Talmudic Methodology” with over 5,000 subscribers, a weekly shiur on Pirkei Avot with over 1400 subscribers, and has delivered hundreds of audio shiurim featured on the Yeshivat Har Etzion “Audio Beit Midrash” and on YU Torah online. He has authored a Yom Ha’atzmaut Machzor for the Koren Publishing House and writes a widely syndicated Parshat HaShavua column. Rabbi Moshe Taragin, his wife and unmarried children reside in Gush Etzion.

Rabbi Taragin will be one of the Scholars in Residence at our Neve Ilan Hotel Pesach Program.

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