About Rabbi Moshe Eisemann
Until my retirement a couple of years ago, I have been privileged to spend my entire life, from age sixteen onwards, connected to the wonderful world of the Yeshivos. After learning for six years in Gateshead, England, I moved on to Lakewood where I studied for another five years. After that, I joined the High School faculty in Philadelphia where I spent eleven years teaching tenth grade.
In 1968, I was invited to come to Ner Israel in Baltimore and I have been here ever since.
You don’t move around in Yeshivos for so many years without meeting a great many Talmidei Chachamim and wise educators, who can and do serve as mentors and role models. Each of the three institution with which I have been associated was blessed with numbers of such people and, looking back, I feel blessed to have been exposed to many such thoroughly good and kind people.
Besides my Rabbonim and colleagues at Philadelphia and Baltimore, there were two other groups of people with whom I forged close bonds. A couple of centuries ago, one of the Chachmei Umos HaOlam wrote these lines: No man is an island entire of itself . . . any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind . . . We Yidden know the truth of this better than anyone else.
My contemporaries and I lived through the period of the reawakening of Russian Jewry and were able to observe how the Ribono shel Olam wrought His miracles. Until very recently when, as one more statistic in the story of the financial meltdown, we were forced to give up our pe’ilut in Kishinev, I worked within the ranks of the Vaad L’Hatzolas Nidchei Yisrael for many years. I gained immensely from being able to stand shoulder to shoulder with a group of wonderful people who were always prepared to offer up personal and financial sacrifices in order to help where help was desperately needed.
Somewhere along the way, Mesorah Publications asked me to do some work for them in their then project of putting out TaNaCh. After considerable hesitation I undertook to try and, in the end, authored a few of their books. Here was another group of people with whom I was proud to be associated. It is exhilarating to interact with scholars bent on an uncompromising search for truth.
One thing led to another and, for the last few years, I have been writing the books to the sale of which this site is dedicated. I did this in order that the not inconsiderable income that they brought in would help to finance the Yeshiva in Kishinev. This period in my life has come to an end, and subsequently the funds raised from the sale of my books have gone to support graduates of the Yeshiva and other Bnei Torah.
Note from Rabbi Eisemann’s family: At this point, funds raised from the sale of Rabbi Eisemann’s books will go to the Meor campus outreach program at NYU, an affiliate of Olami, which is run by Rabbi Eisemann’s son Rabbi Aaron Eisemann, and which is very dear to our father’s heart. Click here to see some of Meor NYU’s exciting work.