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President’s Welcome - Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, Setting the standard in rabbinic education

President’s Welcome

Welcome to YCT!

As the rabbi of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago – a position I held for eighteen years – I had the opportunity to develop many close relationships with YCT graduates and students, and to learn from the brilliant and sensitive Torah of Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Linzer. It was evident that, in the spirit of Rav Avi Weiss, the rabbis and students of YCT they embodied commitment to ahavat Yisrael, ahavat Torah, and above all, ahavat Hashem. When the opportunity came, I was truly swept away by the chance to join YCT. Being part of this yeshiva was something that my family and I could not resist; we had to participate in this important chapter in Jewish history.

YCT is dedicated to reconnecting Jews to a meaningful and authentic Judaism. We accomplish that goal by offering students an open, professional, and Torah-infused course of study that culminates in Yoreh Yoreh Semikha, classic rabbinic ordination. Through our ground-breaking curriculum, we have redefined the capabilities of a rabbi to listen, learn, and grow.

This is coupled with an active effort to reinvigorate Modern Orthodoxy. YCT stands as a central force in the critical work of making Judaism comprehensible and relevant to Jews today, providing a well of energy to fuel and drive institutions as they develop the creativity and agility needed to serve all Jews, regardless of affiliation or background.

And our efforts are paying off – YCT rabbis are changing the world! More than 100 YCT musmakhim are serving communities across the globe with important leadership roles in synagogues large and small; in camps and hospitals; and, of course, in day schools, yeshivot, and universities, educating the next generation of Jews. By training rabbis who are open to the world – to people of every age, race, creed, color, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, or socioeconomic status – we are opening up the world to the message of Torah, and we are reawakening the potential of Modern Orthodoxy to address the critical issues of our times.

The dream of creating a force of rabbis to transform the Jewish world has become a reality. Now, I invite you to become part of the YCT family. There are so many ways to get involved: learn with our faculty or students, read Rabbi Linzer’s weekly d’vrei Torah, attend a YCT program, or subscribe to our newsletter. And if joining the vanguard of Modern Orthodoxy, committing your life to serving the Jewish people, and changing the world speak to you, then I extend a special invitation to explore the possibility of becoming a YCT student. Let’s be in touch. Let’s discuss what the next four years could look like and how they could change your life. Let’s discover what we can accomplish together.

Whatever path your future may hold, take a moment to learn how your support can make a difference in the lives of our students and graduates, and in the efforts of our rebbeim to disseminate a Modern Orthodoxy that speaks to the world. Help us give the world access to Torah. Be our partners in shaping the next generation of Modern Orthodox rabbis, leaders who are already making a difference and looking to go further. Together, we can fulfill the dream of Avraham and Sarah, a dream sustained by Jews for over 4,000 years, to go out – lekh lekha – and embrace, teach, and positively impact on the world, the true destiny of Torah.

Rabbi Asher Lopatin

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