Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch is Mekor Habracha’s spiritual leader and founding rabbi. Since its inception, the congregation has experienced remarkable growth, and has significantly contributed to the flourishing Center City Jewish community. Under Rabbi Hirsch's leadership, Mekor supports an array of Center City Jewish services, including an expansive eruv, the building of a newly constructed community mikvah, Shabbat/holiday services, as well as a daily morning minyan in the Rittenhouse neighborhood, and an ever-growing assortment of kosher establishments.
In addition to leading Congregation Mekor Habracha, Rabbi Hirsch serves as Dean of Jewish philosophy at Genesis University, a distance learning college based in Suffern, NY.
Rabbi Hirsch received rabbinical ordination from Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore, Maryland and Yeshiva Ohr Reuven in Monsey, NY. During his almost two decades of study in Yeshiva, he forged close relationships with prominent Rabbinic leaders and received years of training from renowned Halachic authorities.
In 2010, Rabbi Hirsch was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease, an incurable, degenerative neurological condition with numerous symptoms. You can read some inspirational thoughts he related about grappling with Parkinson’s Disease here. Since sharing news about his condition, Rabbi Hirsch has welcomed inquiries from individuals across the globe seeking Halachic and spiritual guidance to cope with significant personal hardships.
Recognizing that many people hunger for practical ways to conceptualize and fulfill their commitment to God and Torah, Rabbi Hirsch has written 3 books about Jewish holidays, in the hope that readers will renew their enthusiasm for these special days and enliven their engagement with Judaism year-round: