Yaacov was born in California, 1960 and made Aliya in 1986. He studied Comparative Religion and Psychology at UC Berkeley, and Educational Counseling and Jewish Thought at Bar Ilan University. He has learned traditional yeshiva studies in numerous Israeli Kollels for approx. 8 years.
and has 5 children, all married, Israeli hassidim, who have joined his dance of combining menschlikheit (humane attitudes about life), an intense interest to learn from many other walks of life, all while deeply grounded within the traditions of their sacred communities.