Since 1993, the Hebron Rabbinical Research Institute, or "the Machon", headed by Rabbi Yitzchak Rodrig, shelita, its founder, and Ehud Moradoff, its director, has been operating in the City of the Patriarchs, Kiryat Arba-Hebron, mere walking-distance from the Tomb of the Patriarchs. From the start, Rabbi Rodrig had two visions:
1. To bring together stellar Torah scholars – town rabbis, rabbinical court judges and noted spiritual figures, and to employ them to produce high level research on modern issues affecting Israel.
2. To create a center for study and prayer that can strengthen both Kiryat Arba-Hebron and Judea and Samaria.
The rabbinical researchers employed by the Machon have produced dozens of works that have won the Machon praise in both religious and secular society. The Institute has been the recipient of both the Aminach Prize, as well as the Agrest Prize from the Education Ministry’s Culture Department
Recent works include:
Dvar Hevron, HaGaon HaRav Dov Lior's responsa in four volumes, on Orach Chaim, Yoreh Deah, Choshen Mishpat and Even HaEzer, as well as a book of his articles on faith and a proper Jewish outlook.
Lachem Yihiye LoOchla, by HaRav Eitam Henkin, HY"D, dealing with many halachic issues involving kashrut, but most prominently regarding strawberries and corn,
Sefer HaGabai, in Hebrew and with an English translation, by HaRav David Spektor, zt"l, who served in Beit Shemesh.
Torach HaYechid VeHaTzibbur, HaRav Eliezer Afarsimon and Rav Yitzchak Rodrig,
Uzcha Ba'Amim, dealing with the halachic issues that arise with foreign workers, HaRav Uziel Cohen,
Taharat Kerem Yisrael, Rav Reuven Ben Uliel's comprehensive new work on the laws of family purity.
All of the work is listed and described, in Hebrew, in our Machon's Internet site: www.rabanim.org.
In our beit midrash we presently employ about fifteen rabbinic researchers and rabbinic court justices from the local towns and area in high level halachic research.
Recently we have also been privileged to establish, besides a large daf yomi group, three Torah learning frameworks, a morning beit midrash for laymen, women's shiurim one evening per month, and an afternoon beit midrash for laymen interested in taking advantage of that time to learn Torah.
Creation of an Edifice for Study and Prayer
In recent years we have been privileged to construct a three-story edifice to serve both the Torah research in our area as well as serving as a synagogue for the burgeoning Meduragim [Terraces] Neighborhood rising up around the Machon.
So far we have completed one story, which serves for all the aforementioned purposes. We have almost completed a second floor, and 130,000 shekels are still required for us to make use of that second floor in the ways we would like. The items we still need to install in that second floor include cabinets, air conditioners, small kitchen units, four succah pergolas, etc. Completion of this floor will greatly assist the research and Torah learning going on there, and in addition, the floor will also assist with guest housing and hospitality for residents of the Kiryat Arba-Hebron community, and will thus also assist with the financial side of supporting Torah scholars in the Machon.
Once we have that second floor complete the way we would like, the rooms, equipped with air conditioners, rudimentary kitchenettes, succah porches, washing machines and basic Torah libraries will certainly be available for very short visitors.
I should note that there are nineteen steps from the top floor to the second floor where the rooms are, and until we build a ramp to the second floor for an estimated 150,000 Shekels, the second floor will not be wheelchair accessible.
The presently unfinished bottom floor, with an area of 750 square meters, will serve as a larger synagogue, beit midrash and lecture hall,
and will be in memory of Rabbi Ya'akov Littman and his son Netanel, brutally murdered near Otniel a year ago, who in their lives prayed
and learned regularly at the Machon. The cost of completing that bottom floor stands at a million dollars.
In helping our beit midrash, you become partners in the spiritual and physical reconstruction of the City of the Patriarchs.
In conclusion, it would be our pleasure to invite you to visit us in the Machon, so that we can show you our building and the books we have produced, describe our programs and plans more fully, and give you a tour of Kiryat Arba and Hebron.
Signing off with the blessings of our Jewish Forefathers,
Rabbi Yitzchak Rodrig Project Director
Head of the Machon Ehud Moradoff
Following are ways to make a contribution:
1. Bank Accounts:
Beinleumi: Jerusalem Main Branch: Hillel 10 Account NO: 31-012-409/632716 IL750310120000000632716
Mizrahi Tefahot: Business Center at 9 Heleni HaMalka, Jerusalem.
Account NO: 20-403-420183 IL730204030000000420183
3. For an American Tax Deductible contribution
send a check or cash to the Central Fund of Israel and specify that it is for the "Machon LeRabbanei HaYishuvim" of Kiryat Arba.
Central Fund of Israel
C/o Jmark Interiors Inc.
461 Central Avenue
Cedarhurst, NY 11516
attn: Arthur Marcus
For people in Israel , they can send the checks to:
Jay Marcus, 13 Hagoel st, Efrat , 90435
EFT- פרטי בנק להעברה ולציין שזה עבור המכון לרבני ישובים
specify that it is for the "Machon LeRabbanei HaYishuvim" of Kiryat Arba.
Woodmere , NY 11598
for the Account of : the Central Fund of Israel
ABA Bank Routing # 026013576
CFI account: # 1503426427
SWIFT code (international wires): SIGNUS33
not needed for a wire -- tax id # 13-2992985