Speaker Profile Rabbi David Bigman

Rav David Bigman has been the Rosh HaYeshiva at Yeshivat Ma'ale Gilboa since 1995. He was born in 1954 and studied in the Beit Midrash in Skokie, Illinois, with Rabbi Aryeh Bakst in Detroit and in Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh. He received his B.A. in economics with honors from Wayne State University. In 1976 he made aliyah and moved to Kibbutz Maale Gilboa, where he is a member to this day. In Israel, Rabbi Bigman has served in the army, studied in Yeshivat Merkaz Harav and in Yeshivat Netzech Yisrael (with Rabbi Yisroel Zev Gustman) and received smicha at Mechon Ariel in Haifa. From 1983 until 1988, Rabbi Bigman served as the Rabbi of Kibbutz Maale Gilboa and from 1987 until 1992 he served as Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshivat haKibbutz HaDati Ein Tzurim. He was one of the founders of Yeshivat HaKibbutz HaDati laBanot (which later became Midreshet haBanot b'Ein Hanatz"iv). He is active in issues pertaining to society and halacha, including Mesuravei Get, the organization Maaglei Tzedek, and dialogue between secular and religious Israeli