HaRav Fishel Todd, the Pirchei Rav is the Rosh Yeshiva for the international Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim based in Yerusalem and Lakewood. The largest orthodox rabbinical organization in the world. Providing chaplains to the US Armed Forces, rabbinical leaders to religious synagogues, Torah learning and Kashrus oversight, and veterans support. WIth over 10,000 alumni, YPS is the premier rabbinical organization with executive rabbinical level leaders for the 21st century. Along with the vast rabbinical staff supporting YPS, a deep vault of letters of recommendation, blessings and approvals from the Chief Rabbinute in Israel to key intternational rabbis, Pirchei Shoshanim has returned to its legacy of teaching Torah and building strong leaders.


1750 [Lithuania]


There was a lot going on in the city of Polungian, Lithuania one fine summer’s day. It was the eve of the festival of Shavuos, and all the people were hard at work preparing for the holiday. In the synagogue, the shammash [caretaker] was busy decorating the synagogue with greenery and branches in honor of the festival. To those who asked about this custom, he enjoyed telling them that the festival of Shavous falls each year precisely three months after the seventh of Adar, the birthday of Moshe Rabbeinu. It was on this day of the month, three months earlier in the year, that Moshe Rabbeinu’s mother hid him in the midst of the needs in the Nile river. And so the shammash would decorate the synagogue with branches and greenery, adding in a few flowers here and there to finish off the look.


The shammash was nearly done. As he put the final touches on the display, the door of the synagogue suddenly burst open. In ran a small ten year old child, fleeing from a group of children who were chasing him. In his rush, the little boy didn’t pay too much attention to where he was going.


Bang, The shammash watched, aghast, as the child tripped over one of his careful arrangements. The entire display of greenery tipped and fell, ruining hours of careful and painstaking work. The shammash couldn’t control his anger. The sound of a slap echoed through the synagogue as the shammash hit the youngster with all his force.

A short while later, Rabbi Shlomo Itzik, the Rabbi of Polungian, happened to pass by the synagogue on his way to the mikvah. He noticed a child sitting and crying in front of the building.


“What’s wrong?” he asked with concern.

In between sobs, the boy managed to relate the story. After hearing him out, the Rabbi asked the boy to gather all his friends to gather together all the children of the town. When all the children had arrived, the Rabbi led them in the synagogue, where the shammash was still hard at work, fixing up the display of greenery.

“We will no longer decorate the synagogue with greenery on the ever of Shavous,” the Rabbi announced. “Instead  you.” He turned to the children, “will be responsible for fixing up all the torn seforim [books] in the synagogue. Together with the shammash you will fix all the torn sefarim [books] with paper and tape, so everyone will be able to use these holy books. Now go take the greenery out of the synagogue!”


From that day on, it was no longer customary to adorn the synagogue in Polungian with greenery in honor of the holiday of Shavuos. Instead, a group of children, aged 5-13, would gather in the synagogue, to repair the ripped and torn sefarim so everyone would be able to see them.The name of this group?  Pirchei Shoshanim


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Rabbi Todd works tirelessly ensuring the community is taken care of. From delivering Kosher foods, ensuring kosher mezuzah's, providing religious training and practice, Shul and synagogue operations, minyan, Torah learning, yeshiva studies and local community case management to elderly, Rabbi Todd is the beacon of light in a dark world. From Orange County California to Lakewood New Jersey, Italy, England or Israel, YPS and Rabbi Todd lead the way ensuring Yiddishkite will be developed and people will grow towards HaShem.


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Pirchei provides conference to local leaders, military chaplains and rabbinical yeshiva enrollsees. Providing quality instruction for chaplaincy, guidance for rabbis, instruction and certification for kashrus oversight, personal rabbinical counseling and training for synagogue rabbis. 

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PROVIDING SEMICHA, Providing torah


Under the leadership of HaRav Todd, YPS provides Semicha from Israel to the USA. This is a key training operation for the development of sound qualify rabbinical leaders supporting global Yiddishkite and Jews around the world. YPS also has a rabbinical society for certified and qualified rabbis.

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has numberous

blessings, endorsements, letters of recommendation supporting the yeshiva and semicha

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Pirchei Shoshanim is one of 2 orthodox Jewish endorsers for the Department of Defense. Though there are over a hundred endorsers of all faiths, only 2 exist for religious Jewry. Under the leadership of Rabbi Todd, Pirchei chaplains reach the span of the globe supporting our men and women of the armed forces in Korea, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. Pirchei chaplains also are placed into Police, Prison and US Coast Guard positions. Visit www.yps.college for more information on chaplaincy. Rabbi Fishel Todd, often referred to as "The General" leads an army of chaplains making inroads into lost Jews and assisting them in their quest home to Yiddishkite. 

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Pirchei Shoshanim, is a sponsor of several Civil Air Patrol (United States Air Force Auxiliary) squadrons throughout the United States. Additionally, Pirchei under the leadership of Rabbi Todd also sponsors Post 680 of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States under the command of Rabbi Ari Montanari.


Slobodka as it relates to rabbinic lineage


Slobodka is the Yiddish name for Vilijampolė (popularly known in Lithuania as Slabotkė) is an elderate in the city of Kaunas, Lithuania, located on the right bank of the Neris River and the Nemunas River.  


A sloboda (Russian: слобода́, IPA: [sləbɐˈda]) was a kind of settlement in the history of Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine. The name is derived from the early Slavic word for "freedom" and may be loosely translated as "(tax-)free settlement".


Kaunas is a city in central Lithuania. Part of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth until 1795 when it came under Russian rule.  Kaunas (Yid., Kovne or Kovna; Pol., Kowno; Rus., Kovno; Ger., Kovne) was occupied by Germany during World War I, after which it served as the capital of Lithuania between 1920 and 1941. Occupied by the Nazis until 1944, Kaunas again came under Soviet domination until Lithuania regained its independence in 1991.


Kaunas also is just a short distance from Slobodka, Poland off rt 8.


Yeshivas Knesses Yisrael (founded 1882) was a yeshiva located in the Lithuanian town of Slabodka, adjacent to Kovno (Kaunas), now Vilijampolė, a suburb of Kaunas. It was known colloquially as the "mother of yeshivas" and was devoted to high-level study of the Talmud. It functioned from the late 19th century until World War II.


The Slobodka (also spelled Slabodka) Yeshiva (Talmudic Academy) was a lighthouse for Jewish life. Hundreds of well- known rabbis, who led the Jewish Diaspora and who left their mark on Jewish thinking and lifestyle, came from the small Lithuanian town Slobodka. The Jewish Mussar Movement, which emphasizes intensive moral introspection originated in Slobodka. The school’s philosophy supported Jewish integration in local society, but with an uncompromising and high standard of individual and community behavior that would ensure the future existence of Judaism. The Mussar Movement came about as a reaction to the secularisation among the Jews, who wished to integrate into the non-Jewish society by abandoning their Jewish identity. The Holocaust demonstrated the futility of the latter endeavor.


Rabbi Nathan Zvi Finkel (1849–1927) founded the Yeshiva in 1882 in a suburb(Slobodka) of Vilna, the capital of Jewish scholarship in Northern Europe during the modern era. Many yeshivas in Lithuania and Poland drew scholars and inspiration from Slobodka, particularly after the Russian Tzar forced the closure of the famed Volozhin Yeshiva. Rabbi Finkel’s conviction was that the Jewish people’s existence was dependent on scholars who would ensure the continuation of Judaism.

Only the very best students were admitted to the Yeshiva, which produced many illustrious and brilliant alumni. The entrance examination was very demanding and many prepared themselves for years.


Avraham Kalmanowitz (March 8, 1887 – 15 February 1964) son of Rabbi Aharon Aryeh Leib and Maita Kalmanowitz was an Orthodox rabbi and rosh yeshiva of the Mir Yeshiva in Brooklyn, New York from 1946 to 1964. Born in Belarus, he served as Rav of several Eastern European Jewish communities where at age 18, he progressed to the Slabodka yeshiva, where the Alter of Slabodka, Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, arranged for him to learn in chavrusa with his own son, Rabbi Moshe Finkel. Kalmanowitz received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epsteinof Slabodka, Rabbi Raphael Shapiro of Volozhin, Rabbi Eliezer Rabinowitz of Minsk, and Rabbi Eliyahu Baruch Kamai of the Mir.

Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel,

founder of Slobodka Yeshiva


Our connection to Sloboska is thru the rabbinic lineage of Rabbi Fishel Todd, Rabbi Avigdor Miller, Rabbi Leibel Berenbaum, Rabbi Schmuel Berenbaum and Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz.


Further back prominent rabbinical leaders and founders of the Mussar in the lineage include:


Rabbi Yisrael ben Ze'ev Wolf Lipkin, also known as "Israel Salanter" or "Yisroel Salanter" (November 3, 1809, Zhagory – February 2, 1883, Königsberg), was the father of the Musar movement in Orthodox Judaism and a famed Rosh yeshiva and Talmudist. The epithet Salanter was added to his name since most of his schooling took place in Salant (now the Lithuanian town of Salantai), where he came under the influence of Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant. He is the father of mathematician Yom Tov Lipman Lipkin.


Yitzchak Blazer ‎(1837 – 1907) was an early important leader of the Musar movement.



The Menorah Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, Oct-Dec 1919


Rabbi Avraham Kalmanowitz


March 8, 1887 – 15 February 1964 Dzialiacičy, Minsk province, Belarus


Mir yeshivaBrooklynNew York


Kalmanowitz received rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epsteinof Slabodka, Rabbi Raphael Shapiro of Volozhin, Rabbi Eliezer Rabinowitz of Minsk, and Rabbi Eliyahu Baruch Kamai of the Mir.


Rabbi Schmuel Berenbaum


1920 – January 6, 2008

Knyszyn, Poland


Mir yeshivaBrooklynNew York


Rabbi Leibel Berenbaum


Nifter 1995


Rabbi Avigdor Miller


August 28, 1908 – April 20, 2001

Baltimore, MD


Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin 

Brooklyn, New York.


Miller arrived in Europe to study

at the Slabodka yeshiva in

 Slabodke, Lithuania.

While there, he studied under Rabbi Sher


Rabbi Fishel Todd


Rosh Yeshiva, Pirchei Shoshanim