The Torah tells us that Hashem appointed Moshe Rabbeinu as the leader of Klal Yisrael, having seen how compassionately he cared for each of Yitro’s sheep.
Rabbi Moshe Hamel, the mechanech par excellence whom we honor tonight, has the same noble qualifications as his namesake Moshe Rabbeinu. Paying individual attention to each student, Rabbi Hamel is continuously seeking to provide each one the background and self confidence needed to maximize his or her achievements as a Ben or Bat Torah.
The son of the well-known attorney and community askan Rabbi Bernard D. Hamel, Rabbi Moshe Hamel learned from an early age that the purpose of life in this world is to do for others.
Receiving his early Torah education at Yeshiva Tiferes Elimelech, Mesivta Torah Temimah, and Yeshiva Tiferes Boruch of Springfield, NJ, Rabbi Hamel spent seven years from 1992 to 1999 at the famed Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem, during which time he received semicha, and completed a highly intensive two-year training course in education and kiruv. From 1997 to 1998, Rabbi Hamel taught classes in advanced Talmud at the Mir Yeshiva.
Back in the United States, Rabbi Hamel pursued a masters of education degree at Fordham University. After a stint with the Jewish Education Program of Long Island in 2000, Rabbi Hamel was engaged as a rebbe at Yeshiva of Central Queens, where he established an outstanding reputation for his untiring devotion to his talmidim, and for his creative and administrative capabilities. This resulted in his being appointed Assistant Principal for Judaic Studies in YCQ’s Junior High School in 2011. In this position, Rabbi Hamel has translated his research and experience into sharpening the skills of the students in the areas of Hebrew reading and understanding the mechanics of the study of Gemara. But most importantly, he has worked with the faculty to help the students experience the adventure and joy of Torah study and living a life of mitzvot and midot tovot. Many students have, over the years, developed a special kesher with Rabbi Hamel, who continues to guide and mentor them.
Rabbi Hamel is very proud of all the students who have been victorious in the various inter-yeshiva competitions in Tanach and other subjects. In his additional position as Director of Student Activities, Rabbi Hamel is in charge of the exciting enrichment and extra-curricular activities which the students enjoy at YCQ.
In the summer, Rabbi Hamel heads three day camps in Brooklyn, accommodating hundreds of campers. His volunteer activities include serving as a coordinator of Chaverim of the Five Towns for the past fifteen years, and as an EMT with Hatzolah for the past ten years. Rabbi Hamel is a consummate baal tefilla and davens on yomim noraim at Congregation Yagdil Torah of Woodmere. Despite such a rigorous schedule, Rabbi Hamel is a caring husband to his wife Etty and loving father to his children.
May Hashem bless him and his family with continued good health, nachas and success.