The Story of Rabbi Zev Leff – Moshav Matisyahu

Jul 15 2022

Rabbi Zev Leff is one of Israel’s most popular Torah educators. He is the Rabbi of Moshav Matisyahu, a small religious community located in central Israel.  Rabbi Leff was born in the Bronx, where he attended public school before his family relocated to Miami, where he enrolled in a conservative school before subsequently transferring to a yeshiva. He received semicha from the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland Ohio, where he studied under Rav Mordechai Gifter. He married Rivkah Minkoff of Ellenville, New York. During a Pesach visit to Miami, Rabbi Leff stepped in to help the Young Israel of Greater Miami in North Miami Beach with some speeches. His talks were received so well that after Pesach, he was invited to apply for the position of rabbi. During a Pesach visit to Miami, Rabbi Leff stepped in to help the Young Israel of Greater Miami in North Miami Beach with some speeches. His talks were received so well that after Pesach, he was invited to apply for the position of rabbi. In 1983, Fulfilling a life-long dream, he moved with his family to Eretz Yisrael, eventually settling in Moshav Matityahu. Today, in addition to his communal duties, Rabbi Leff is also Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshiva Gedolah Matisyahu, and oversees the Kollel on the Moshav. In addition to the shiurim he gives seven days a week at Matityahu, Rabbi Leff is constantly traveling to speak at schools, yeshivas, seminaries, and events throughout Israel and abroad. He has been a featured speaker at the conventions of the Orthodox Union, Agudas Yisrael, and Torah Umesorah. In November 2018, a Sky News video of Rabbi Leff engrossed in a sefer at a Scotland–Israel UEFA soccer game, oblivious to the excitement in the stadium after Israel scored its first goal, went viral. Rabbi Leff and his wife had been visiting their family and accompanied them to the game. As he personally had no interest in the match, Rabbi Leff brought his Gemara along to learn. The sight of the rabbi enjoying his sefer during the game made an indelible impression upon millions of people worldwide. To connect with Rabbi Leff and his teachings, visit rabbileff.net where he expounds on current issues and timely topics.