An extensive traveler, Rabbi Leib Tropper founded Kol Yaakov Torah Center in New York after learning from numerous Jewish scholars and authoring original interpretations of religious works. Rabbi Leib Tropper named Kol Yaakov in honor of Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky zt”l and opened the institution with the intention of educating those who sought to enter a conventional yeshiva environment.
Almost 10 years after establishing Kol Yaakov, Rabbi Leib Tropper created the group Horizons to promote a Torah lifestyle to unaffiliated individuals. In leading the organization, he has traveled to major cities in Europe, including Paris, Berlin, and London, as well as to many locations in the United States. At each stop, he lectures and teaches to share his knowledge of Judaism.
Rabbi Leib Tropper began his own religious education at a young age. He attended a Jewish elementary school and showed an early affinity for his faith. At age 12, he was studying the Torah at a 10th grade level. Two years later, he traveled to Israel to learn from Hagaon Rav Chaim P. Scheinberg, a Dean at Yeshivas Torah Ore. As a teenager, Rabbi Leib Tropper wrote original interpretations of challenging issues from the Tractate Kesubot and the Tractate Bava Basra. As a young adult, he returned to the United States to work at Ohr Somayach International, a school in New York. During his time at Ohr Somayach, he received instruction from several notable scholars, including talmid muvhak of the Chazon Ish zt”l Hagaon Harav Sroyohu Deblitzky shlita and Sephardic Chief Rabbi Rav Ovadia Yosef shlita.
Rabbi Leib Tropper has two grown children with families living in Israel and maintains strong ties with the country. He travels to Israel periodically to celebrate family milestones.
Rabbi Leib Tropper serves as the rosh yeshivah of the Kol Yaakov Torah Center in Monsey, New York. One of the founders of the center, Rabbi Leib Tropper endeavors to teach new generations about Jewish law and to bring secular Jews back into the fold.
Jewish parents today have numerous options in educating their children. Early childhood education, advocated by such organizations as the Jewish Early Childhood Education Partnership, may take place in programs for children up to six years old through Jewish community centers, congregations, and day care services. In addition, Jewish day schools afford parents the opportunity to send their children to faith-based institutions. Although most schools catered only to Orthodox communities less than two decades ago, a growing number of congregations in other branches such as conservative and reform continue to establish new schools.
Because the majority of Jewish day schools tend to be located in major urban areas, parents who live in smaller cities and rural areas usually send their children to supplementary schools which provide primary religious education a few hours per week. These schools instruct children in the daily and annual observances of the Hebrew faith while creating a strong sense of community among children and their families. In some cases, teachers and chaperones take children on overnight Shabbat retreats or organize special service projects that reflect the Judaic ideal of tikkun olam, or repairing the world.
The founder of the Kol Yaakov Yeshiva and Torah Center in Monsey, New York, Rabbi Leib Tropper strives to inculcate in secular Jews the desire to study the Torah through the yeshiva’s Horizons program. In this capacity, Rabbi Leib Tropper travels throughout the United States and Europe to promote Talmudic teachings.
The Jewish tenet of Torah lishmah signifies the value of reading the Torah to discover its chief purpose. The word Torah means instructions, and observant Jews regard it literally as a book of lessons, one which guides them through every minute of their lives. They believe that the Torah teaches them about channels to spirituality, personal development, and a true and meaningful relationship with God. The books of the Torah serve as a practical manual for identifying and choosing righteous paths that will ultimately lead them to heaven.
Hebrew scholars turn to the stories of the Torah to reveal truths about life’s obstacles and challenges. Many of the people whose stories are depicted in the Torah faced considerable impediments and were forced to make difficult decisions. In some cases, these choices aligned them with good or evil and caused them to encounter great triumph or horrible adversity. Critically, most people in the Torah encountered problems with only ambiguous answers. Studying the Torah opens people to the idea that some failures actually represent learning opportunities and that no single event defines a life in negative or optimistic terms.
Leib Tropper is a distinguished New York-based rabbi who has written a number of books over the course of his life, beginning at age 15. In the past two years, Leib Tropper has been published twice, writing on the subject of Jewish responsa. What is a responsum?
The Talmud is a book of Jewish law that addresses an entire body of Judaic wisdom applied within the religion’s practice. When a question of Jewish law or morality arises in the face of a specific modern practice or procedure, an ordained rabbi may present a volume of writing as an interpretation of the laws found in the Talmud and as an answer to the question or dilemma, treating the problem with a case-specific application of the Talmudic tradition. The rabbi first describes the question at hand, cites specific Talmudic references as an answer, and closes by justifying the reasoning.
Thousands of rabbis have published volumes of responsa. The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, and the responsa are still used as a resource for Judaic research and problem solving.
Rabbi Leib Tropper returned this week from A blitz trip to Israel where he held meetings with the administrative staff of ‘Character First’
Rabbi Leib Tropper was a participant in the discussions and Preparation of this years educational programs.
Rabbi Leib Tropper had opportunity to meet with the Rabbinic advisors and express his Opinion of how to expand the program considering its success In 2012-2013
Rabbi Leib Tropper met with his Students at a special planned
Reunion. He and 30 of his Students enjoyed the occasion to re-connect. At that Reunion, Rabbi Leib Tropper spoke for over an hour about the need for unity Amongst Jews. Rabbi Leib Tropper declared ‘it need not be A mass movement, just closer To one jew at a time.’
He ended his trip with a quick Visit to Har Hamenuchot where
He visited the graves of his father and mother ob’m.
Co-founder of the Kol Yaakov Torah Center in Monsey, New York, Rabbi Leib Tropper studied at several yeshivas. In addition to attending the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia and the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland, Rabbi Leib Tropper studied at Israel’s esteemed Yeshivas Mir in Jerusalem.
Located on a sprawling 18-acre campus in Jerusalem, Mir Yeshiva is an Orthodox Jewish educational institution serving more than 7,500 single and married students, mainly from Canada and the United States. Originally founded in a small town in Poland in 1814, the school opened a branch in Jerusalem in 1944. Today, it is the largest yeshiva in Israel and possibly in the world.
In 2012, Mir Yeshiva announced changes in its rules intended to limit size and maintain a quality Jewish educational experience. According to the new rules, the institution limits acceptance of applicants by 50 percent. Additional rules include limiting what possessions young men who do not stay in the dormitories may keep. Now, young men staying in apartments may not keep computers and non-kosher cellphones. The new rules also include inspectors who watch for forbidden possessions. These rules allow for a uniform experience for all students, regardless of their housing situations.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper- Do you
Know the Reason why Harav
Scheinberg,zt’l Wore many pairs
Rabbi Leib Tropper responds:
I only know what he told me. I’m
Not sure if that was the only reason. I suspect it wasn’t. But Even the reason I was told by him I do not think it is wise to Share.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper: Why do you think it not ‘wise to share’?
Rabbi Leib Tropper responds: lehavdil ,Elie Wiesel writes repeatedly in his books ‘we all can share the same question , but Rarely can we share the same answer’.
Knowing that people consider My
Rebbe’s behavior regarding wearing many pairs of tzitzis, an Anomaly. I prefer not to give any Answer for fear that those who Will not agree will ridicule. A practice I unfortunately have witnessed in regard to other Torah scholars.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper : Do you
Know why he refrained from talking on shabbos anything but Divrei Torah?
Rabbi Leib Tropper responds: yes
I do . For the same reason mentioned above I think it is more prudent to leave it unanswered for now.
But I’m not sure of the Validity of
The question. The Gemora in Shabbos makes it clear from the Pasuk ‘vedaber davar’ that speech on shabbos should be different than the weekday.
Tosfos adds ,quoting the yerushalmy that with great Difficulty the chazal allowed to verbally Greet another person on shabbos.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper: do you know how many pairs of Tzitzis He wore?
Rabbi Leib Tropper responds: it
Depended when and how he felt,
But I think it was rarely less than
18, Other times he would wear
No less than 30 pair perhaps more.
Rabbi Leib Tropper has been invited for the year 2014 to 10 Cities to teach,lecture, Discuss etc…
The cities are in states that include California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine,Virginia, North Carolina, Washington state, Colorado, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.
The Topics that Rabbi Leib Tropper plans to discuss are:
1-A religious perspective on
2-Israel: What does it mean to
The Diaspora jew?
3-Psychology: The Pitfalls-collected opinions
4-Torah as the universal Truth
5-What does it mean to ‘be’ bar
6-High Crimes: The Evils of Gossip
8-Are Jews The “Chosen nation”?
9-Why are there so many commandments?
10-Our Desperate need for Peace
The first lecture is scheduled for
The End of Jan 2014.