Rabbi Avraham Goldfein, after finishing school went to Yeshivah in Telz Cleveland Ohio for four years where he saw the great Roshei Yeshivah and Talmidei Chachamim who studied in the original Telz and other Lithuanian Yeshivahs. He was in the shiur of two of them, HaRav HaGaon Rav Aizik Ausband zt’l and HaRav HaGaon Rav Pesach Stein zt’l. In addition to studying in the Yeshivah Gedolah under his father, where he received Semichah, he also went to Eretz Yisroel to learn in Yeshivas Netzach Yisroel, the Yeshivah of the great Gaon and Vilna Dayan Rav Yisroel Meir Gustman Zt’l. He has been teaching for the past 30 years. Rabbi Avi gives the middle level in-depth Gemorah shiur. His challenging questions and clear analysis make his talmidim work very hard. But they are rewarded in the end with a clear methodology of approaching a page of Gemorah. Rabbi Avi often gives the Wednesday night Parsha shiur and also alternates giving the Shabbos shiur after the kiddush. His calm and caring demeanour makes him very approachable and understanding, whenever bochrim need advice and assistance. Shabbos dinners in Rabbi Avi’s home are always a treat and a highlight for the bochrim.
Rabbi David Goldfein completed his schooling through correspondence and learnt under his father Rabbi Azriel Chaim Goldfein Zt’l from the age of 15. He has been teaching Torah for the past 25 years. He gives two in-depth shiurim in the morning, the entry level shiur as well as the high level shiur. He also gives a shiur in the afternoon in a different chapter of the Masechta presently being learnt. Rabbi David is gifted with the ability to make anything complicated understandable to anyone. The clarity and depth of his shiurim, delivered with his absolute love and joy of Torah leave his talmidim inspired and enjoying their learning. Rabbi David lives very close to the Yeshiva and often hosts the bochrim in his home on a Friday night for dessert as well as inspiring singing and Torah. Rabbi David makes himself available to the bochrim for any questions on the Gemorah as well as general advice.
Rabbi Hillel Bernstein grew up in Cape Town and matriculated from Herzlia. The year after he matriculated, in 1997, he came to learn at the Yeshivah. He studied in the Yeshivah for eight years and completed his Semichah. He subsequently began teaching at the Yeshivah, running the Semichah and Halachah Programs. He has been teaching for the past ten years at the Yeshivah and for the past five years at the Hirsch Lyons School. Rabbi Hillel is in charge of overseeing the bochrim, making sure that their chavrusas and general needs in the Yeshivah are taken care of. He often gives the Wednesday night Parshah shiur, as well various mussar and Tanach shiurim. He has a weekly chavrusa with the new bochrim to help them integrate into Yeshivah life. Rabbi Hillel is the Mashgiach of the Yeshivah and adds a unique dynamic to the Faculty. He has a warm, open personality and is ready to assist the bochrim in any way that he can.
Rabbi Ari Hoppenstein studied at the Yeshivah from 1984 to 1991 and received Semichah from the Yeshivah. He has been involved with the Yeshivah on a part time basis ever since. He gives an introductory Gemorah Shiur to bochrim that have less Gemorah learning experience as well as other introductory shiurim. The bochrim attending the shiur do so in addition to attending the regular in-depth Gemorah shiurim. Melavah Malkah in Rabbi Ari’s home are a great way to wind down with a guitar after a hard week of learning.
R’ Ariel Braun matriculated from Hirsch Lyons in 2007 with five distinctions. After school he joined the Yeshivah Gedolah of Johannesburg and has been learning here for eight years. He is currently studying towards his Semichah and teaches at the Hirsch Lyons boys High school. He also teaches at the Yeshiva College night seder. R’ Ari’s warm smile and personality bring a radiant light to the Beis Medrash. R’ Ari is the junior meishiv of the Yeshivah and is readily available to answer questions in learning and any other questions that a bocher might have.
R’ Benji Falkson matriculated from Yeshiva College in 2008 with six distinctions. After school, he went to Israel for two years, to study at Yeshivat Kerem BeYavneh. He then returned to South Africa and joined the Yeshivah where he has been studying for the past four years. He is currently studying towards his Semichah. R’ Benji has a very good rapport and relates very well to the younger bochrim and also to the high school students. He gives an optional bekius shiur to the younger bochrim in the afternoon. He runs the Beit Medrash at King David Victory Park.