Rabbi Asher Balanson
Rosh Kollel- Posek of the Yeshiva
Rav Balanson is a key part of the OJ staff, and his ties with the Talmidim extend way past their time at the Yeshiva.
Rav Balanson was born in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Yeshiva of Flatbush High School.
He then spent a number of years learning at R.I.E.T.S., Yeshivat Kerem B'yavneh, and Chevron Yeshiva. Rav Balanson moved to Eretz Yisroel in 1971, and currently lives in Telzstone. He spent 17 years learning in the famous Halacha Kollel "Kol Yaakov"- under the leadership of Harav Yehuda Ades Shlit"a. Having a Posek of Rav Balanson's caliber on site, is a real zchus for all of us, and serves as a valuable resource to the boys. Every morning after Shacharis, he delivers an interactive Halacha shiur- on the full gamut of daily life Halachos. It offers the boys an opportunity for the boys to "ask away" and get clarity on these fundamental subjects. He also gives a mussar shmooze to each shiur on a weekly basis, as he has his finger on the pulse of the many crucial areas of life. Additionally, throughout morning Seder, he is available to everyone to answer any Halachah or Hashkafah questions on their minds.
But the kesher does not end after the years in yeshiva. Countless alumni keep in touch with Rav Balanson, seeking his guidance and psak throughout life. One can email him at night, and likely receive an answer the next morning. In general, he will respond within 24 hours. In case of an urgent matter, he is available on his cell phone at any time- day or night.When we say about OJ- "once a Talmid always a Talmid" , it rings true in regards to Rav Balanson.
There's more. For boys with a Sefardic background, Rav Balanson's presence is particularly appreciated. He is well aquianted with many of the top sefardi chachamim and learned b'chavrusah with a number of them, making himquite an expert in sefardi halacha. He additionally teaches at yeshivat mikdash melech in the afternoon, and is therefore an overall great asset to sefardim in the yeshiva, to whom he offers special shiurim.
He is the author of a number of Seforim- namely, Sefer "Bain H'alim" on Inyanei Purim and Sefer "Luach Tahara" on Hilchos Niddah. He also served as halachik consultant for the well known sefer- "I'shai Yisroel" on Hilchos Tefillah.
Many halachic articles and Q&A written to the talmidim over the years can be found on our website.
Rav Balanson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell phone 052 762 8598