Authors Posts by Nathaniel Helfgot

Nathaniel Helfgot

Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot is the spiritual leader of Congregation Netivot Shalom in Teaneck, NJ, and the chair of the Department of Torah She-Ba’al Peh in SAR High School in Riverdale, NY. He is the author of a number of volumes including Mikra and Meaning: Studies in Bible and Its Interpretation (2012) and Al Saf Ha-Aretz: Studies in the Book of Numbers (2014). He edited a number of volumes including Community, Covenant and Commitment: Selected Letters and Communications of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik (2006).

Taking Responsibility For Halakhic Guidance: A Response to Ezra Schwartz

In this response to last week’s article by Ezra Schwartz, Nathaniel Helfgot wonders whether the new pandemic-fueled trend toward centralized halakhic decision-making overburdens the most learned rabbis and takes too much autonomy from the others.

Decision-Making on Matters of Halakhic Public Policy or Meta-Halakhic Issues: Some Tentative Thoughts

Nathaniel Helfgot outlines decision making in matters of halakhic policy and meta-halakhah.

Rav Hayyim and the Love of Lernen

In 1927, Rabbi Boruch Ber Leibowitz wrote a poem, an ode to Rabbi Hayyim Soloveitchik of Brisk. Nati Helfgot provides the background and a translation.