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.
With more than 40 years of experience as a rabbi, Leib Tropper has traveled worldwide to give lectures on the Torah. Prior to his career, Rabbi Leib Tropper studied at the Talmudical Yeshiva of Philadelphia and Rabbi Jacob Joseph School.
Established in Manhattan in the early 1900s, the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School focuses on academic achievement as well as spiritual development. The private elementary school relocated in 1976 to Staten Island and opened a separate girl’s division in 1987 to promote equal education among young ladies in a Torah-driven environment.
The school was named after Rabbi Jacob Joseph, a migrant from Lithuania. Before moving to New York, he was elected as communal preacher of Vilna, Poland. After arriving to the states in 1888, he was unofficially labeled the “Chief Rabbi” of New York. Using his leadership and religious status, he worked toward uniting the Orthodox community. Rabbi Jacob Joseph passed away in 1902. The following year, the school was named in his honor.
A scholar and teacher, Rabbi Leib Tropper offers practical guidance for living to organizations and individuals. A student of the Talmud, Leib Tropper mentors students through religious practices and close involvement with various youth organizations.
A main focus of youth organizations is to teach children the importance of punctuality. This starts by teaching them how to read both analog and digital clocks. Reading analog clocks provides them with the ability to visualize a time difference, while digital ones help to teach them math.
The next step is to explain to them that being late is not only an inconvenience to others, but that it may cause them to worry. In the event that children are tardy, they need to understand the importance of open communication. Finally, when children are on time, teachers or authority figures should celebrate with them. Positive reinforcement helps to build children’s self-confidence and fosters the development of healthy behaviors. Children who are taught how to be punctual have a valuable tool that will help them to succeed as adults.
New York-based Rabbi Leib Tropper founded Kol Yaakov Yeshiva and Torah Center in New York, where he is the rosh yeshiva. A keen international traveller, Rabbi Leib Tropper particularly enjoys traveling to London, Israel, Paris, and Berlin.
The internationally acclaimed Berlin Jewish Museum, in the Kreuzberg neighborhood, has attracted more than 7 million visitors since opening its doors on September 9. 2001. The striking building is the creation of Daniel Libeskind, an American architect with Polish Jewish heritage. The museum covers more than 3,000 square meters, with a permanent exhibition spanning German Jewish culture from the middle ages through to the present day. Temporary exhibitions complement the permanent one, covering numerous aspects of Jewish cultural history and contemporary Jewish German art.
The Berlin Jewish Museum is best known for its striking architecture. Paneled in dark zinc, the structure contains, straight, winding, and fragmented sections, with plenty of empty spaces throughout the building. Libeskind chose this unique structure to represent tensions, both past and present, that appear within German Jewish social history.
New York-born Rabbi Leib Tropper is a prominent educator and the founder and rosh yeshiva of New York’s Kol Yaakov Yeshiva and Torah Center. An enthusiastic world traveler, Rabbi Leib Tropper enjoys visiting Israel, London, Paris, and Berlin.
The American architect Peter Eisenman is responsible for the controversial and deeply moving Holocaust Memorial near the Brandenburg Gate and Potsdamer Platz. Its official title is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Sprawled over approximately 200,000 square feet, Eisenman’s design was approved in 1999 and construction was completed in 2005.
More than 2,700 gray concrete slabs of various shapes and sizes have been used to create the memorial, all of which are unmarked. The ground beneath the slabs undulates, a concept that Peter Eisenman hoped would give the visitor a sense of instability and disorientation. Visitors are encouraged to walk in any direction at any time of day or night. An information center, adjacent to the memorial, is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily.
Rabbi Leib Tropper is a highly respected educator and writer, closely involved with New York’s Jewish community. As a young student, Rabbi Leib Tropper attended the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School, Philadelphia’s Talmudical Yeshiva, and Ohio’s Telshe Yeshiva, where Rabbi Eliezer Gordon served as rav and rosh yeshiva in the late 1800s.
Lithuanian-born Rav Eliezer Gordon was the first rav and rosh yeshiva of Telshe Yeshiva, as well as a passionate Talmudist, Jewish educational innovator, and recognized Torah expert. He was also called Rav Leizer Telzer. Born in 1884, Rav Eliezer Gordon was lost as an infant in the snowy Lithuanian forests, where his family later discovered him being protected by a wolf. He began his studies at the Zaretza Yeshiva. Upon finishing there, he pursued additional studies at the Kovno Yeshiva, headed by Rav Yisroel Salanter, who later became a mentor and trained Rav Eliezer Gordon to assume rabbinical responsibilities.
After marrying Rav Avraham Yitzchok Noveizer’s daughter, Rav Eliezer became the rav of Kovno, but quickly moved on to Kelm, where he established a yeshiva. He subsequently accepted two further positions, one as the rav of Slabodka, and finally, as the rav of Telshe Yeshiva in America. Rav Eliezer remained in Telshe for the rest of his career. Among other things, he is remembered for establishing a remarkable kibbutz there.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper, Did youInteract with many of the Gedolim who resided on the lower east side?
A-Rabbi Leib Tropper Responds:I Did Interact with Many Talmedei Chachomim in the Lower East Side albeit not all of them.
Q- Rabbi Leib Tropper: Who Werethe ones you Regularly interacted with?
A-Rabbi Leib Tropper Responds:Maran Harav Tuvia Goldstein,zt’l when I spent a year plus learning in Emek Halacha upon it’s opening. I was also in his Chabura in Yeshivas RJJ. Also….Rabbi Leib Tropper adds Maran Harav Chaim P Scheinberg, zt’l as he was my sandak, a mentor for my Father,o’h….And I studied in his Yeshiva for 5 yrs in Eretz Yisroel
Q- Where you regularly involved with Maran Rav Moshe,zt’l?
A-Rabbi Leib Tropper Responds:
Not really, though I saw him often and Joined conversations With him upon invitation…and Did speak with him irregularly. I did however have a relationship with Maran Harav Henkin,zt’l. For a number of months I had the privilege of learning from him,one on one- 1x per week.
Thank you Rabbi Leib Tropper
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.