About the Author

my-pictureRabbi Yaakov Goldstein is a noted college instructor in Judaic studies, which he teaches to several hundred students from all spectrum of Jewry. He is also the director of Shulchanaruchharav.com, the world’s leading web-based Halacha database, and is the director of the Home Study Semicha Program. Rabbi Goldstein received Semicha from Rabbi Schneur Zalman Labkowski of the Tomchei Temimim headquarters in 2005 and served as a chaplain in the Lotar/Kalatz and K9 units of the IDF from the years 2005-2008. There, he dealt with various Halachic issues relating to soldiers in his unit. Since then he has become a certified Shochet, and teaches classes in Halacha and Chassidus in the Jerusalem area. Rabbi Goldstein currently lives with his wife Shayna and nine children in Tzefas, Israel, where he serves through his classes to spread the knowledge of Nigleh and Chassidus to the public.