Yonason Sacks

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<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->Yonason Sacks is an Orthodox rabbi and rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University, as well as the spiritual leader of the Agudas Yisroel of Passaic Park in Passaic, New Jersey.

Family history

Rabbi Sacks' father was one of the leaders of Jewish education in Chicago, Illinois, and his great-grandfather was the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank. Rabbi Sacks dedicated his first book, Chemdas Yomim (focusing on the laws of the Sabbath) in memory of his father.


Rabbi Sacks graduated from Yeshiva University in 1981 and was ordained by the University’s affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in 1984. Two years later, he was awarded Semikha Yadin Yadin, an advanced rabbinic ordination enabling him to serve as a posek - decisor of Jewish law.

Educational method

When giving a shiur Rabbi Sacks uses a two step approach to topic analysis. First, in an effort to understand the topic in a wider context than the case at hand, Rabbi Sacks will branch out into other areas of halacha (Jewish Law) examining the topic as it appears throughout the Talmud. The information gleaned<!--Please don't change this wording, as the term "gleaned" is one of Rabbi Sacks' signature phrases--> from the broad analysis is applied to the case at hand. Secondly, Rabbi Sacks will elaborate on parenthetical points made by the Gemara, giving his students a background in these important......
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