“Searching the Land is more beloved to me than finding the stars in the sky…”
Kaftor Vaferach, 14th Century Sage
Rabbi Menashe Bleiweiss has a unique way of guiding Israel by making traditional Jewish sources come alive. His knowledge of the broad sweep of Jewish history, Bible, Talmud, and Midrash infuses sites across the Land of Israel with spirituality and dynamism. He currently teaches Talmud, History, and Ethics at Yeshivat Ohr Somayach, and is a widely published essayist, family therapist in private practice, and licensed Israeli tour guide. He recently directed Machon Lander’s Tour Guide Training Program.
Rabbi Bleiweiss spent his childhood in the California communities of Bel Air, Los Altos, and Calabasas, attending Camp Alonim in Simi Valley, and Thacher High School in Ojai. He graduated UC Berkeley Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Honors in 1988. He later attended rabbinic school at Yeshiva University in New York City as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, received his Masters in Psychology at Manhattan College in Riverdale, and was a Jerusalem Fellow in 2000-2001.
He and his wife, Yetta, (raised in Poway, California, and also a graduate of UC Berkeley, where she was president of Hillel), made aliyah in 1994 and shortly thereafter moved to the community of Telzstone, outside of Jerusalem, with their nine children, ages 1-20.
In their spare time, the Bleiweiss family enjoys learning Torah, swimming, singing, and hiking around the country.