Rav Yaakov Medan studied at the Netiv Meir High School in Jerusalem and in 1968, joined the first class at Yeshivat Har Etzion. He served in the IDF in the Airborne Nachal Infantry unit, and afterwards, returned to the yeshiva as a ram. He earned his semikha from Yeshivat Har Etzion, a Bachelor’s of Education from Michlala in Jerusalem, and a Master’s degree in Bible from Touro College. His Master’s thesis was a comparative study of the positions of Soren Kierkegaard and the chachamim on Akeidat Yitzchak. Rav Medan teaches Tanach at Yeshivat Har Etzion and at numerous yeshivot hesder and colleges throughout the country, and is considered one of the outstanding educators of Tanach today.
In 2000, Rav Medan served as a board member of the Ne’eman Committee, and thus began his involvement, together with Prof. Ruth Gavison, in composing a renewed pact for relations between religious and secular Israelis, for which he was awarded the Avichai Prize.
Currently, Rav Medan serves as a ram for fourth-year students at Yeshivat Har Etzion, and teaches Tanach and Jewish Thought at the Yeshiva and Herzog College. In January 2006, Rav Medan was inaugurated, together with Rav Baruch Gigi, as Rosh Yeshivat Har Etzion, alongside the founding roshei yeshiva, and was joined in 2008 by Harav Mosheh Lichtenstein. Rav Medan lives in Alon Shevut. He is married to Ruti and the father of 7 children and many grandchildren.