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Yeshivas Bircas HaTorah is an orthodox yeshiva for Talmud professionals located in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Founded by Rabbi Shimon Green in 1989.



The yeshiva was founded in 1989 with two goals: To make high-level talmudic skills more widely accessible, and to allow students of all ages to study in an intensive yeshiva atmosphere.

The yeshiva started in the building of the original Eitz Chaim Yeshiva, located in front of the Old City's Hurva Synagogue, with only a few students. The yeshiva originally attracted mainly professionals who did not have a strong talmudic background. Since then the Yeshiva’s student body has grown and in 2000 the Yeshiva moved to a new building on Or Hachayim street on the way to the Cardo.

Methodology of Talmudic Analysis

Yeshivas Bircas HaTorah uses a unique methodology for studying Talmud developed by Rabbi Green.

This methodology is based on a combination of the teachings found in the works “The Ways of the Gemara” by medieval Spanish scholar Rabbi Yitzchak Kanfanton, and "The Way of Understanding" and “The Book of Logic” by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto.

Rabbi Green developed this system at the behest of Rabbi Mordechai Goldstein of Jerusalem. Rabbi Goldstein felt that there was an urgent need for a systematic approach to the teaching of Talmud, and urged Rabbi Green to invest effort into its development.

Programs & Students

Today, Bircas HaTorah has students of all ages and backgrounds.

All of the yeshiva's programs are rigorous and include mandatory exams.

Many of the yeshiva's alumni have gone on to become teachers and rabbis. Some have become part of the Bircas HaTorah staff, while others have taken positions in other communities.

While the yeshiva does not have a school for women, every two months, one-week seminars for women are held.

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Yeshiva Bircas HaTorah is located on Ohr HaChayim street in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. The Rosh Yeshiva is Rabbi Shimon Green, formerly of the Diaspora Yeshiva.

Special Yeshiva community

Bircas HaTorah is much more than just a yeshiva, it’s a community of families and students dedicated to helping each other grow personally through Torah and Mitzvot.

Students are hosted by the families in the community for Shabbos meals, and on holidays as well. There’s a sign up sheet in the yeshiva and on a volunteer basis, a student will place his fellow students with families whose husband is also studying in the yeshiva, and most often times with a Rabbi. This eliminates the stressful pressure that these men have trying to find a place for a meal, and instead gives them the ability to focus on learning. As a result, these students develop strong relationships with members of the community and are offered role models and mentors for their future married lives. These students have an outlet to ask questions and seek counsel on anything pertaining to their lives.

In turn, during special times of the year such as Shabbos and holidays when there are more than a few household chores demanding attention, its quite common to find a group of students constructing a Succah for a family, assisting with Pesach cleaning, moving furniture, even babysitting so that a busy mother can take a moment of respite for herself. These things are done on a willing volunteer basis because there’s a shared sense of community and responsibility.

See also

  • Yeshiva

  • External links

  • Bircas HaTorah offical website

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