About Rabbi Seplowitz

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Rabbi Yerachmiel Seplowitz is a chaplain, Mohel, and Sofer (Scribe — writer of Torahs and other Jewish texts.)

Rabbi Seplowitz studied at the Jerusalem and Queens, New York campuses of the Rabbinical Seminary of America (Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim) under Rabbis  A. Henoch Leibowitz , and Moshe Chait. He also studied in Mesivtha Tifereth Jerusalem, where he received Smicha, (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbis Michel Berenbaum and David Feinstein.

Rabbi Seplowitz has served pulpits in Tucson, Arizona and Kingston, New York. He currently lives in Monsey, New York.

For information about scheduling a Bris or a lecture, or just to say hello, call (800) 83MOHEL.

Personal Interests

Rabbi Seplowitz is a native of Norwich, Connecticut. He attended the Hebrew Day School of Eastern Connecticut and the New England Academy of Torah. His hobbies include fishing, home brewing beer, long distance walking and biking, and tending his backyard chicken coop.  (He calls himself a “third generation chicken farmer” and suggests that his children are fourth generation chicken farmers.  They respectfully respond that the tradition stops at 3! 🙂 )

Among his favorite quotations is the beginning of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato‘s “Path of the Just”.

“The foundation of righteousness and the root of perfection in the service of G-d lies in a man’s coming to see clearly and to recognize as a truth the nature of his duty in the world and the end towards which he should direct his vision and his aspiration in all of his labors all the days of his life.”

This quote (in the original Hebrew) hangs on the wall in his office.

His favorite secular poem, which also hangs on his wall, is Rudyard Kipling’s “If.”

If 

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

 

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,

And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

 

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two imposters just the same;

 

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

 

If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breath a word about your loss;

 

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on !”;

 

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch;

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much;

 

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run –

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

—Rudyard Kipling

 

Rabbi Seplowitz sums up the message of these two quotes: “In other words, learn what G-d expects of you, understand what is proper, and don’t be concerned about what others may think of your values. — JUST DO IT!”

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