A scion of the dynasty of Chassidus Slonim; cultivated by his Rebbe, Rav Mottel Tzukerman ZT”L, molded by his grandfather, Rav Chaim Stein ZT”L Rosh Yeshiva of Telz and inspired and taught by his grandfather Rav Yaakov Weinberg ZT”L, Rosh Yeshiva of Ner Yisrael in Baltimore, Rav Sheftel embodies a unique combination of Mesorah which compounded with a broad education and an analytical mind, makes him an amazing accessible resource to all of the Talmidim at Derech Etz Chaim. He demands excellence, clarity, and knowledge from his students, and it is the theme of his many daily Shiurim in Iyun, Bekiyus, Chumash, and the Rambam’s Sefer HaMitzvos.
Beyond his Shiurim, his day is filled with private meetings with Talmidim, and in small groups to discuss their questions, ranging from the basics: Shabbos, T’filla, Ma’amad Har Sinai, to the advanced: Korbanos, Tum’a and Evolution. All are explained clearly and with a logical methodology that has become his hallmark.
Rav Sheftel is known for his “sophisticated answers to sophisticated questions” and his incredible connection to his Talmidim that lasts for years beyond their time in Yeshiva.