Rabbi Shames holds a B.A. from Bar Ilan University. He obtained his smicha from the Rabbanut Harashit while studying in Yeshivat Har Etzion. He is the Associate Director of Midreshet Harova. His teaching experience includes Gemara, Halacha, Chassidut and Eretz Yisrael. He lives with his wife and six children in Neve Daniel in Gush Etzion.