Rabbi Jeffrey Fox

Rosh HaYeshiva and Dean of Faculty /

Fox

Rabbi Jeffrey S‭. ‬Fox‭, ‬Rosh HaYeshiva and Dean of Faculty, ‬was the first graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah‭. ‬Upon graduation he served as the Rabbi of Kehilat Kesher‭: ‬The Community Synagogue of Tenafly and Englewood for seven years‭. ‬In Rabbi Fox’s tenure at Kesher‭, ‬the community grew three-fold from thirty families to nearly one hundred‭. During that time Rabbi Fox also taught at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah as well as the Florence Melton Adult Education School in Bergen County‭. He also served on the‭ ‬board of the Synagogue Leadership Initiative of the UJA of NNJ‭. Rabbi Fox is a Senior Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute and has also been a member of the faculty of the Drisha Institute‭, ‬the Florence Melton Adult Education School in Westchester County‭, ‬and Hadar‭.‬

To contact Rabbi Jeffrey S‭. ‬Fox‭‭: jfox@yeshivatmaharat.org

Available Writings

Title
Type
Category
Topic
Year
The Cloudy Shofar
Dvar Torah
Rosh Hashana
2018/5779
Rabbi Jeffrey Fox - Maharat's 9th Annual Semikha Ceremony
Multimedia
Graduations
Ninth Semikha Ceremony
June 15, 2021
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Twelve: A Convert Between Circumcision and Immersion – the Question
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2017/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Eleven: Non-Jews Observing Shabbat
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2017/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Ten: Rabbi Yosef Engel
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2017/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Nine: The Conversion of the Tribe of Levi - Tosafot
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2017/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Eight: The “Conversion” of the Tribe of Levi – Ramban
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2017/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Seven: Keritut 9a, Rambam and the Tribe of Levi
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2017/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Six: Getting Women Back to Sinai and Complex Jewish Identity
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2017/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Five: Were the Women at Sinai?
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2016/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Four: Yevamot 46b - How Did the Women Convert?
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2016/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Three: Yevamot 46b – Defining the Debate
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2016/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part Two: Who are our אבות and אמהות?
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2016/5777
Conversion and the Nature of Jewish Identity in the 21st Century Part One: Yevamot 46a – Religion or Race?
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Conversion
2016/5777
Shared Leadership: A Response to Ezra Schwartz and Nathaniel Helfgot
Article; Responsa
May 25, 2021
Power Hour of Torah: The Shavuot Edition
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday
Shavuot
May 12, 2021
Shavuot: The Renewal of Torah
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Shavuot
2021/5781
The Lone Man: Rabbi Jeff Fox
Multimedia
Podcasts
MaharatCast
March 21, 2021
Breastfeeding Series Session 2 - Saving Milk from Shabbat & Donated Milk
Multimedia
Panels and Discussions
February 3, 2021
Purim 2021: Mitzvot from a Distance - A Halakhic Analysis and Psak
Teshuva
Holiday
Purim
2021/5781
Preparing for Pesach During the Covid-19 Crisis
Teshuva
Holiday
Pesach
2020/5780
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (3) – Foundational Texts (3) – Maharal, Tanya, Siftei Chayyim
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Siddur
October 28, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (2) – Foundational Texts (2) – Bavli 11a
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Siddur
October 21, 2020
Kriyat Shema and its Blessings – קריאת שמע וברכותיה – Foundational Texts (1) – Mishna (Berachot and Tamid) & Yerushalmi Berachot 1:5, 3c
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Siddur
October 14, 2020
First Beracha of the Amida (אבות) – part 5 of 5 – Divine Love
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Amida; Siddur
November 12, 2019
First Beracha of the Amida (אבות) – Part 4 of 5 – Silence
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Amida; Siddur
October 29, 2019
First beracha of the Amida (אבות) – Part 3 of 5 – Spiritual Diversity
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Amida; Siddur
April 28, 2019
First Beracha of the Amida (אבות) – Part 2 of 5 – Humility
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Amida; Siddur
March 28, 2019
A Journey to Prayer – Introduction
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Amida; Siddur
March 7, 2019
First Beracha of the Amida (אבות) – Part 1 of 5
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Amida; Siddur
March 6, 2019
Davening Together – Apart
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Distance Mitzvot
September 17, 2020
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach – Electronic Voices Simply Don’t Count
Dvar Torah
Mitzvot; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Distance Mitzvot
June 14, 2020
Opposition to the Phone – Rav Uziel and Rav Eliezer Waldenberg
Dvar Torah
Mitzvot; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Distance Mitzvot
June 7, 2020
Shofar on Rosh ha-Hashana over the Phone on Shabbat!?
Dvar Torah
Holiday; Mitzvot; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Rosh Hashana; Distance Mitzvot
May 31, 2020
A Global Response to the Telephone
Dvar Torah
Mitzvot; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Distance Mitzvot
May 24, 2020
Shofar vs. Tefila: Rav Kook and Rav Chaim Elazar Shapira
Dvar Torah
Mitzvot; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Distance Mitzvot
May 17, 2020
Using the Telephone to Fulfill Mitzvot – The First Teshuva?
Dvar Torah
Mitzvot; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Distance Mitzvot
May 10, 2020
An Inadequate Response to Violence
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
June 15, 2020
An introduction to the Laws of Mourning (3): Sheva Berachot & The Creation of the World
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Aveilut
November 20, 2019
An Introduction to the Laws of Mourning (2): Miriam’s tzara’at and the Prophecy of Amos
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Aveilut
November 5, 2019
An introduction to the Laws of Mourning (1): The Inauguration of the Mishkan
Dvar Torah
Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Aveilut
October 23, 2019
Rabbi Jeffrey S. Fox - Eighth Annual Semikha Ceremony
Graduation Speeches
2020
Rabbi Jeffrey Fox - 2018 Yeshivat Maharat Semikha Ceremony
Multimedia
Graduations
Sixth Semikha Ceremony
June 18, 2018
Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, Rosh HaYeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat, at the Fifth Semikha Ceremony June 18, 2017
Multimedia
Graduations
Fifth Semikha Ceremony
June 18, 2017
Rabbi Jeffrey Fox - Maharat's 8th Annual Semikha Ceremony 2020
Multimedia
Graduations
Eighth Semikha Ceremony
June 9, 2020
Can Orthodox Women Receive Semikha?
Teshuva
Ordination
Teshuva by YM's Rosh Yeshiva
Rabbi Soloveitchik’s position on Women as Shohatot and the Development of Customs of Abstention: Semikhah and Mesorah—A Response to the OU Panel
Teshuva
Ordination
Teshuva by YM's Rosh Yeshiva; Current Articles and Press
February 23, 2017
Male Beit Din at the Immersion of a Female Convert
Teshuva
Immersion
Teshuva
Thwarting the Satan for Shalom Bayit
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Rosh Hashana
2012/5773
Great Torah Principles
Dvar Torah
Vayikra
Acharei Mot; Kedoshim
2018/5778
Chanukkah and Shimon HaTzadik
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Chanukah
2015/5776
Chashmonaim's Leadership - Rambam vs. Ramban (Sources)
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Chanukah
2012/5773
Chashmonaim's Leadership - Rambam vs. Ramban
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Chanukah
2012/5773
Two Kinds of Gifts
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Purim
2016/5776
Celebrating the Joy of Purim with Rambam
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Purim
2014/5774
Hidden Miracles
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Purim
2012/5773
Telling the Story: Beginning and the End
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Pesach
2019/5779
A Day of National Judgement
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Shavuot
2016/5776
In Preparation for the Three Weeks
Dvar Torah
Holiday
The Three Weeks
2016/5776
A Holiday of Distance
Dvar Torah
Holiday
Tisha B'Av
2014/5774
Chanukah: the Holiness of the Doorway – the Mezuzah and the Chanukiya
Dvar Torah
Holiday; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Chanukah; Jewish Holidays
December 11, 2020
On Finding Illumination
Dvar Torah
Bereishit
Noach
2014/5775
Coercion, Choice, Power and Consent – Purim and Sexuality
Dvar Torah
Holiday; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Purim; Jewish Holidays
February 28, 2019
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (9) – Bringing it all together
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
August 31, 2020
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (8) – Sha’arei Orah & Menorat ha-Maor
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
August 24, 2020
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (7) – an Independent Unit – Zohar
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
August 17, 2020
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (6) – An Independent Unit – Rav Sa’adia & the Rambam
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
August 10, 2020
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (5) – Pausing in Anticipation (שוהים) Berachot 30b
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
August 3, 2020
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (4) – Solemnity, Settled Law, the Joy of Mitzvah
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
July 27, 2020
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (3) – Preparation for Prayer – Berachot 32a
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
July 20, 2020
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (2) – Hallel, Shabbat 118b
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
July 13, 2020
Introduction to Pesukei d’Zimra (1)
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Pesukei D’Zimra; Siddur
July 6, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (8) – The Blessings and the Amida (5) – סמיכת גאולה לתפילה – Rav Amram Gaon
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Amida; Siddur
December 2, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (7) – The Blessings and the Amida (4) – סמיכת גאולה לתפילה – Berachot 4b, Tosafot & Rav Amram
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Amida; Siddur
November 25, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (6) – The Blessings and the Amida (3) – סמיכת גאולה לתפילה – Talmidei Rabbeinu Yona
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Amida; Siddur
November 18, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (5) – The Blessings and the Amida (2) – סמיכת גאולה לתפילה – Rashi
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Amida; Siddur
November 11, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (4) – The Blessings and the Amida (1) – סמיכת גאולה לתפילה
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Amida; Siddur
November 4, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (11) – The relationship between the blessings (3) – Ramban & Rav Hai (Rashba)
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Siddur
December 23, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (10) – The relationship between the blessings (2) – Yerushalmi, Berachot 2:1, Tosafot
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Siddur
December 16, 2020
Introduction to Shema and its Berachot (9) – The relationship between the blessings (1) – Bavli, Berachot 11b/12a
Dvar Torah
Tefillah; Rosh HaYeshiva Shiurim
Shema; Siddur
December 9, 2020
Chanukah from Every Angle - A Webinar with Maharat Faculty
Multimedia; Dvar Torah
Video Divrei Torah; Panels and Discussions; Holiday; Chassidut
Chanukah
2019/5780

In the News

Title
Publication
Published
Shared Leadership: A Response to Ezra Schwartz and Nathaniel Helfgot
The Lehrhaus
May 25, 2021
Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, Rosh Yeshiva, Maharat
Maharat
December 2, 2019

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