3 Tishtei 5778 , 23/09/2017

Rabbi Yaakov David Schmahl

Dayan of the Shomrei Hadas community of Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp, Belgium
Rabbi Yaakov David Schmahl Rabbi Yaakov David Schmahl was born in 1962, to a family residing in London. His father, who taught in a number of schools and seminars, became rabbi of the Beis Avraham congregation in London.
 
As a child, Rabbi Schmahl studied in the Lubavitch day school in London, and afterward in the Chayei Olam Yeshivah of Gateshead. He continued his studies at the Mirrer Yeshivah in Yerushalayim and prepared himself for a career as a Dayan at the Harry Fishel Institute for Dayanus, where he passed the Chief Rabbinate’s tests on Choshen Mishpat.
 
As a Dayan, Rabbi Schmahl published the two-volume Kisa’ot Leveis David, dealing with monetary issues and filled with halachic rulings on a multitude of topics. This work won him the Yerushalayim Prize for Torah Literature. He is currently preparing a third volume for publication.
 
Rabbi Schmahl moved to Europe and settled in Antwerp. At first he worked with the Chief Rabbinate of the Netherlands in Amsterdam alongside the venerable Rabbi Meir Just, z”l, who eventually became the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam. Later, Rabbi Schmahl was appointed Dayan in Antwerp, serving the Shomrei Hadas community. He has served in this capacity for nine years.
 
Rabbi Schmahl has his hand in every aspect of rabbinical leadership in Antwerp, including kashrus, kosher slaughter, mikva’os, gittin, fielding halachic queries, certifying kosher restaurants, and more. The Jewish community of Antwerp numbers in the thousands, and there is plenty of work to do.
 
Rabbi Schmahl is one of the most active members of the RCE’s Rabbinical Council. He is responsible for its division on judicial disputes, halachic queries and financial issues. He also serves as chairman of the RCE’s Committee for Spiritual Affairs and is responsible for its bulletins. As a representative of the RCE he travels to other, remote communities in Europe to strengthen the Jews’ commitment to Torah and mitzvot.
 
 
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