Eretz Hemdah was founded in 1987 by Rav Moshe Ehrenreich and Rav Yosef Carmel under the presidency of HaGaon Maran Harav Shaul Israeli zt”l to fulfil a perceived need. See www.eretzhemdah.org for details.
The Montefiore College’s teaching of Yore Deah for its Semicha Course is strengthened by the active participation of Eretz Hemdah under the personal direction of Rav Yosef Carmel and currently delivered by Dayan Ofer Livnat
- The teaching of the Montefiore Dayanut Course is wholly delivered by Eretz Hemdah, under the personal direction of Rav Yosef Carmel, currently with Dayan Ofer Livnat as its instructing dayan.
Rav Yosef Carmel
Rabbi Yosef Carmel was born in Jerusalem and is the Rabbinical Dean of the Eretz Hemdah, Institute for advanced Jewish studies in Jerusalem, as well as the Av Beit Din of the Beit Din, “Eretz Hemdah – Gazit”.
Rav Yosef Carmel is a graduate of the Nir Kiryat Arba Hesder Yeshiva where he was Rosh Metivta for over ten years. He was a combat soldier in the IDF during the Yom Kippur war as well as the first Lebanon war.
Rav Carmel is a senior lecturer for Tanach at Jerusalem College and heads the ‘Ask the Rabbi’ program which provides Halachic answers in English to questioners from around the world. To date, more than 20,000 replies have been sent out. He is the author of many articles on Tanach and Halacha, the book Tsofenat Eliyahu – a commentary on the Vilna Gaon’s commentary on the laws of financial damages in Shulchan Aruch Hoshen Mishpat, the book Tzofnat Yeshayahu – from Uziya to Ahaz – a commentary on the prophecies of Yehsayahu during one of the stormiest times in Jewish history, and eight volumes of “Reponsa B’mareh Habazak”.
Dayan Ofer Livnat
Dayan Ofer Livnat from Eretz Hemdah delivers a lesson pack and an interactive shiur by video-link every week to the Montefiore Semicha Programme to supplement the teaching of the Montefiore College’s rabbis; and he also delivers a similar programme to the Montefiore Dayanut Course. Rabbi Livnat spends three consecutive days a month at the Montefiore College in London for more intensive teaching to both courses.
Rabbi Ofer Livnat is a graduate of the Eretz Hemdah Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies in Jerusalem and received his Yadin Yadin ordination from the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
He is currently a staff member of Eretz Hemdah, where he teaches a number of programs for training rabbis and dayanim, including the Semicha and Dayanut Programs at Montefiore College in London, a Dayanut program for community rabbis in Eastern Europe and North America, and the Manhigut Toranit program. Rabbi Livnat is also in charge of Eretz Hemdah’s responsa projects of ‘Ask the Rabbi’ and ‘Shut Bemareh Habazak’, fielding questions on all aspects of Jewish Law from rabbis and laymen all over the world; and he serves as a Dayan on the Eretz Hemdah – Gazit Beit Din for monetary cases. He also lectures on Tanach at the Jerusalem College
The rabbi, now a member of London’s Sephardi Bet Din, previously studied and taught at the Hesder Yeshiva Birkat Moshe in Maale Adumim. He served in an artillery unit of the IDF; and attained a B.Ed degree. Dayan Livnat is currently studying for the degree of Ph.D at University College London.