Mar 17, 2014
Rabbi Shlomo (Myles) Brody teaches at at Yeshivat Hakotel
, the historic Yeshivat Hesder
in Jerusalem's Old City, and is the founding director of the Tikvah Israel Seminars for Post High School Students
, the premiere pre-college program for the study of Jewish philosophy. He is currently pursuing a PhD in law at Bar Ilan University Law School and is a junior research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute. He is the online editor of Tradition
and pens the "Ask the Rabbi" column for The Jerusalem Post
. His essays have also appeared in Jewish Action
, The Forward
, The Jewish Press
, First Things
, Jewish Ideas Daily
, and other publications. His first book is scheduled to be published in 2014 by Maggid Press (Koren). A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard College, he received semicha from the Israeli Chief Rabbinate and received his MA in Jewish philosophy at the Hebrew University, where he received the Hassenfeld award for excellence in graduate studies. Rabbi Brody is a regular visiting speaker at synagogues and on campuses in North America.
Rabbi Brody was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He credits his childhood experiences for inspiring him to enter the rabbinate. "My parents were extremely active as lay leaders of the Robert M. Beren Academy. I saw first-hand their achievements and struggles in developing the school, and in particular in finding suitable rabbis for the faculty. I began to imagine myself in those types of rabbinic positions."
Reflecting on his different teaching and publishing responsibilities, Rabbi Brody states, "I enjoy balancing the goals of both instilling religious passion and intellectual rigor. While my teaching and writing style must adjust to the different audiences to which I am addressing, ultimately my mission remains the same: to inspire spiritual excitement and emotional connections to Torah without compromising on intellectual quality and honesty."
Rabbi Brody lives in Modi'in, Israel with his wife Rocky and their four children.