Rabbi Shmuel Hain is an adjunct faculty member at YCT where he teaches Hilchot Aveilut with an emphasis on integrating halakhic and pastoral perspectives. He is a pulpit rabbi, educator, and scholar. Under his leadership, YIOZ of North Riverdale/Yonkers has transformed into a vibrant community synagogue and embarked on a major expansion project. As Rosh Beit Midrash at SAR High School, he directs the graduate Beit Midrash Fellowship and teaches advanced Judaic Studies classes. He is also Co-Director of Machon Siach at SAR High School, a research institute for high school educators.
Rabbi Hain was awarded the Daniel Jeremy Silver Fellowship at Harvard University’s Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) for the 2020-2021 academic year and he will be a Visiting Scholar at CJS during the Spring 2022 semester. His research and teaching at Harvard emerged from his teaching Aveilut at YCT. He has previously co-authored and edited several volumes of Torah and academic scholarship, including a volume in The Orthodox Forum series entitled The Next Generation of Modern Orthodoxy (Ktav: 2012).
Rabbi Hain graduated with honors from Yeshiva College with a BA in Psychology and studied both Medieval Jewish History and Talmud at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. He was an inaugural fellow of the Bella and Harry Wexner Kollel Elyon at RIETS, where he was ordained in 2001 and where he taught advanced Talmud classes to semikha and undergraduate students from 2000-2012. From 2005-2011, he served as Rosh Beit Midrash of the Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University. Rabbi Hain also previously served as Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center in Manhattan and as Rabbinic Assistant at the Young Israel of Woodmere.