Rabbi Shabtai Rappaport
Rabbi Shabtai Avraham Hacohen Rappaport (66) is a descendant of a prominent rabbinic family. On his father's side, he is a direct descendant of the Shach and his mother is the great-granddaughter of the Rabbi of Kotzk as well as the daughter of the second Admor of Suchtchov, Rabbi Shmuel Borenstein, well known for his rabbinical book series, Shem Mishmuel. After learning at Yeshivat Netiv Meir in Jerusalem, he learned in the Mir under the head rabbi of the Yeshiva , Rav Haim Shmuelevitz, and Rav Nachum Persovitz. During this time, he also finished his degree in mathematics. Following this, he married Rivka Tendler, the granddaughter of Rav Moshe Feinstein, and received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Feinstein himself. For twenty years, he was the Rosh Yeshiva of the Shvut Yisrael Hesder Yeshiva in Efrat. Since 2008, he has been the head of the Beit Midrash in Bar-Ilan University. As part of his position, he started "Forum Nitzotzot", which pairs Torah and Halachic figures with scientists in different fields.