Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Rabbi Asher Lopatin is president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School (YCT). Prior to assuming the presidency of YCT in 2013, he served as rabbi of Anshe Sholom Congregation, a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago, for 18 years.

Articles by Rabbi Asher Lopatin

Ask the Expert: Is It OK to Wear a Tallit Outside of Morning Services?

Is the Jewish prayer shawl reserved only for times of prayer?

Why You Should Stop Skipping Korbanot

This often ignored section of the morning prayers aims to remind us that there is holy work to be done -- and we are the only ones who can do it.

Pikuach Nefesh: The Jewish Value of Saving a Life

The primacy of human life is a fundamental principle of Jewish law and a core value of Jewish tradition.

When a Loved One’s Politics Feels Like a Betrayal

In civil engagement, Judaism offers a way forward.

Come Together

Just as Judah approached Joseph, Jews of all stripes must show we can be one united people.

To Mix or Not to Mix

Lessons on Genesis — from the Emmys and beyond.

Cause and Effect

Eikev shows us that everything we do — or avoid doing — has consequences, even if we don’t see them now.

The Spiritual Trauma of Taking a Life

How the kosher practice of waiting between meat and dairy reminds us of Moses' discomfort with violence.

A Tale of Two Tragedies

Israel is the most uplifting place in the world, and on my trip there last week I felt the usual ...

What Can Jews Learn from the Fast of Ramadan?

Every year, during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims around the world observe a month-long fast. This fast, ...