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Rabbinic supervision of Yoatzot Halacha

27 January, 2007


Hi! My husband wants to know which rabbanim oversee, teach and guide the yoatzot? Who answers the questions? Who paskens the shailos and approves the site? Thanks!


Rav Yaakov Warhaftig is the Dean and primary instructor for Keren Ariel, the certification program for Yoatzot Halacha at Midreshet Nishmat in Jerusalem, and rabbinic supervisor of the telephone hotline and the Hebrew website.

Rav Kenneth Auman is the Dean of the US Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program and rabbinic supervisor of the English website. Rav Gedalyah Berger is maggid shiur for the US Yoatzot Halacha Fellows Program and is also consulted by the Yoatzot.

Rav Yehuda H. Henkin ztz”l was the founding rabbinic supervisor for the English website. Much of the website still reflects his psak.

Rav Assaf Bednarsh and Rav Michael Edrei, both in Israel, are part of the rabbinic staff for the Yoatzot program and provide backup support for the hotline and websites.

On the website, Yoatzot Halacha draft answers to the questions we receive, consulting with our rabbinic supervisors on matters of psak. All halachic responses are reviewed and approved by one of our supervising Rabbanim before being sent out. The information pages and videos on our website have all been reviewed by Rav Henkin ztz”l or Rav Auman.

Dr. Deena Zimmerman, a Yoetzet Halacha and physician, or Dr. Yardena Hyman, a fertility specialist, also review any questions of a medical nature.

This response was updated on 30 July 2023.

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