In the coming weeks or even months it will be hard for almost everyone. People are afraid for themselves, their community, and their loved ones. Your doors may be closed but your heart must remain open. For those who have the strength to stand we ask that you help someone else up. COVID-19, has left many without the ability to comfortably feed their families or for some even themselves. We ask for those that are able to assist with tzedakah to please find it in their hearts to do what they can.
Please stay safe and remember that Hashem is always with you even when your loved ones can’t be.
Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Hafuta was born on the 13th of Nissan 5721 (March 29, 1961). He is the Rabbi, Dean, and Av Bet Din of Da'at Torah educational center in Los Angeles, California.
Rabbi Moshe Hafuta was born in Tel Aviv, Israel to a lineage of great scholarly Rabbis. His father Rabbi Avraham Hafuta is the Rav of the Rambam Yeshiva in Petach Tikvah, Israel. Rabbi Avraham Hafuta is a graduate of Yeshivat Otsar Hatorav in Morocco, the Mir yeshiva in New York, and then went to Israel to further his studies in the Ponevezh and Be'er Ya'akov yeshivot. He is a well-known author of over seventy books and is the son of Rabbi Yair Hafuta. Rabbi Yair Hafuta was part of the esteemed Bet Din in Marrakesh as well as the Rosh Hashochatim. After arriving in Israel he became the Rabbi of Be'er Ya’akov and is the great grandson of Rabbi Masud Mahfuta the Av Bet Din and well- known miracle worker in Bnei Melal, Morrocco. They are also the descendants of Rabbi Moshe Mahfuta (which lived more than 400 years).
Rabbi Moshe Hafuta’s mother Aviva was born to Hacham Shimon HaCohen who was one of the Rabbis in the Beit El Yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem before the year 1948. Hacham Shimon Cohen is a direct descent of Zadok HaCohen, who came to serve in the Mishkan in the time of King David. Aviva Hafuta is the sister of Hacham Ya'akov Cohen, the esteemed teacher of Yeshivat Porat Yosef in the New City of Jerusalem. [The source of the family lineage got lost in the fire in the war of 1948 in Jerusalem]
In his youth Moshe Hafuta studied in Yeshivat Kol Torah in Jerusalem and was a talmid (student) of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. He then went on to Yeshivat Ateret Yisrael and was a talmid of Rabbi Baruch Mordechai Ezrahi, whom he still close to until today. After learning in Ateret Yisrael he went on to continue his studies in the Mir Yeshiva. At the age of twenty-four he married Esther Miriam Sperber (Cohen) who was born in Zurich, Switzerland. After marriage he continued his studies there.
At the age of thirty he was asked by Rabbi Baruch Abuchatzeira, the son of Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatzeira [Baba Sail] to serve as Rosh Yeshiva of Tiered Yisrael Yeshiva in Netivot.
In 1991 he founded Yeshivat Otzar Hatorah in Rehovot. In 1994 he decided to expand the Yeshiva and add a Beit Midrash (Yeshiva Gedola). Moshe Hafuta first got his Smicha (Rabbinate Certification) in the year 5750 (1990) by his grandfather, Rabbi Yair Hafuta and later supported by other rabbis. In 5755 he was recognized as a Rosh Yeshiva by Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Shapira, Rosh Yeshiva of Beer Yaakov and Rabbi Simcha HaCohen Kook, Rabbi of Rehovot and recommended by the Rabbinical Committee in Eretz Yisrael.
In the year 2001 he founded Beit Midrash Da'at Torah in Los Angeles, California, where he is bringing hundreds of people closer to yahadut (Judaism). In 2012 he established a Bet Din (Jewish court) in Los Angeles.
He is one of a few Sephardic rabbis in the United States and the only one in Los Angeles who writing hundreds of halacha answers. He writes without fear and without hesitation. His rulings are based on solid sources from the Rishonim and Acharonim, and discuss with the greatest rabbis complex questions. Among the letters, rabbi Hafuta discus with well-known poskim and Roshei Yeshivaot [Rabbi Menashe Klein (rebe of Ungwar), and Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wozner and more].
Rabbi Moshe Hafuta is married to Esther Myriam. The couple has four children, his oldest daughter Tehila, is married to Rabbi Yitzhak Lasry. Rabbi Yitzhak Lasry is a currently a Rabbi in Miami Florida. His second daughter Nava is married to Rabbi Aviad Boukris, one of the head of the Kollels in Los Angeles California. His son, R' Menahem Simcha is married to Ruti (Horn) and lives in Lakewood New Jersey. His fourth and youngest child is Klila Chen
* Siftei Daat - Questions and answers in halacha which is divided into five volumes, correspondence with rabbis around the world.
* Siftei Da'at Shir Hashirim- In depth- explanation on the holy Shir Hashirim includes 300 gemetrias in addition to many explanations.
* Siftei Daat on the Torah - Comprehensive commentary on the Five Books of the Torah (Chamisha Chumshei Torah)
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