Rabbi Jonathan Ziring
Rabbi Jonathan Ziring
Rabbi Jonathan Ziring grew up in Staten Island, NY. After high school he attended Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush). He received his B.A. from Yeshiva College in Philosophy and Jewish Studies, his M.A. from the Bernard Revel Graduate School in Jewish Philosophy, and semichah (ordination) from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS), all of Yeshiva University. Following his studies in YU, he returned to Yeshivat Har Etzion as a member of the Kollel Gavoah, where he also taught and functioned as a Shoel Umeishiv (rabbinic resource) for the overseas students.During his years in YU, Rabbi Ziring taught regular classes in NYU’s Bronfman Center, the Columbia Hillel, and multiple schools and synagogues. He also was a fellow in Yeshiva University’s Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Cardozo Law School, in Yeshiva University’s Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, and in the Tikvah Fund. In the latter, he developed an extensive theory of journalistic ethics from a halachic perspective. He also worked for Yeshivat Har Etzion as the recruitment representative in North America. For years, he was a fellow, and later Shoel UMeishiv at the Center for Modern Torah Leadership’s Summer Beit Midrash in Sharon. He was editor of YU’s Magazine of Jewish Thought, Kol HaMevaser, and editor in chief of YU’s Torah journal, Beit Yitzchak.
Rabbi Ziring specializes in teaching about the Halachic Process, tracing the underlying assumptions of authorities from the Talmud through the present, and has taught a series on the topic in Yeshivat Har Etzion. Many of these classes, as well as his classes on Tanach (the Haftarot), Talmud, Halachah and Jewish Philosophy are disseminated through YUTorah.org. He blogs some of his Torah thoughts at Shaashuim. He has also edited for Maggid, Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Virtual Beit Midrash, and Torah in Motion.
Rabbi Ziring is married to Ora (Shore), a Toronto native, who will be teaching al Ulpanat Orot, and launching a Beit Midrash for university women under the joint auspices of the Beit Midrash, JLIC, and Ulpanat Orot. Ora has spent the last two years teaching Gemara and Halacha at Emunah V’Omanut and recently earned accreditation as a Yoetzet Halacha through Nishmat’s Keren Ariel program. They have two sons, Meir and Aharon Yehudah.