Everyone who studies with Rabbi Da’avid Sperling has a deep understanding of why he is so beloved. Modest in nature, this wonderful teacher impacts the lives of all Nishmat students teaching Halacha since Nishmat's inception 27 years ago. Dr. Sari Mansheim an Alisa Flatow International Program Alumna and physician living in Yad Binyamin, Israel commented "I spent a transformational year at Nishmat in 1995-1996 and always looked forward to Rabbi Sperling's classes. He is an expert teacher and made Halacha exciting and accessible. My family and I still refer to notes I took in Rav Sperling's classes today!"
As Nishmat has expanded to accommodate a significantly increased number of students this year, Rabbanit Henkin identified the need for a constant faculty presence in the Beit Midrash to assist students in achieving their goals. As the most veteran and a treasured faculty member, Rav Sperling was the natural choice for Rosh Beit Midrash. In this role, he is uniquely poised to have an even greater impact on the student body. Aside from Rabbanit Henkin, Rav Sperling is the only member of the teaching staff privileged to teach students in every Nishmat program from the Israeli Midrasha to Nishmat Ethiopian Women to the post High School Shana Ba’Aretz. In addition to his busy teaching schedule, Rav Sperling helps form inter-program chevrutot (study partners), pairing women enrolled in different Nishmat programs to increase institution-wide unity among students. Rav Sperling cannot believe Nishmat’s transformation from its humble beginnings in a small Jerusalem apartment to today’s sprawling campus housing over 130 students in its expanded dormitory as well as five off-site apartments and bustling beit midrash where every seat is occupied by women engrossed in high level Torah studies. Rav Sperling commented, “It’s truly a sight to behold.”
As Rosh Beit Midrash, Rav Sperling feels he’s charged with two main responsibilities, to help the students find themselves and to help students find Hashem. He added, “working with Nishmat students is an honor and I am humbled to play an active role in women’s acquisition of Torah mastery. The energy reverberating out of Nishmat’s beit midrash brings a whole new level of Torah to Am Yisrael.”