Rabbi Nathan Davidovich
is one of WebYeshiva.org's first semicha
recipients. Rabbi Davidovich
spent most of his life in Denver, Colorado until making Aliyah to Efrat in 1994.
A 1963 graduate of the University of Denver College of Law, he has since practiced law as a trial lawyer even commuting from Israel for court hearings, trials and depositions after moving to Israel. In 2013 he was honored by the Colorado Bar Association for 50 years in the practice of law.
At the same time, learning Torah has always been an important element in Rabbi Davidovich
's life helping him get from one point to the next.
"Torah is an owner’s manual to life as a Jew," he explained. "Just as you cannot operate a piece of machinery without understanding the owner’s manual, the same is true in navigating life. The Torah adds richness, fulfillment and purpose to life."
From Denver to Efrat
Growing up in Denver, his Torah study included learning with his father, Rav Chaim Davidovich
, Z’L, and Rav Shlomo Twersky, Z”L. Later, he organized and started teaching daf yomi at the Denver Talmudic Research Institute, which was under the leadership of Rav Mordechai Twersky.
Since coming to Israel he has studied at the Magen Avraham Kollel in Efrat and Yeshivat Hamivtar. He enjoys learning Chassidut, specifically, the Netivot Shalom and Rebbe Nachman saying for him, "They stress the importance of joy in life and joy in serving our Creator."
Learning Torah Online
In 2013 Rabbi Davidovich
joined the Halacha Mastery Program
to improve his core knowledge of halacha. Prior to that he describes his study of halacha "haphazard."
"Most of my time before that was spent studying Gemara and Chumash with the meforshim, but not specifically concentrating on halacha. The program gave me a way of really being able to delve into halacha by learning about many of the sources in addition to the Shulchan Aruch, and learning how to apply halacha to daily life," he explained.
He added, "It was also informative to be able to learn about the varied halachic opinions on a particular subject and how to apply them to unique situations."