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Yeshivat Lev HaTorah
Location
Nachal Ein Gedi 37
Ramat Bet Shemesh 99000

Israel
Information
Type Post-high-school Yeshiva
Established 2002
Staff 22
Number of students 60
Affiliation Modern Orthodox Judaism
Rashei Yeshiva Rav Boaz Mori
Website

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah (Hebrew: ישיבת לב התורה‎) is a Religious Zionist yeshiva, located in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel.

Rav Boaz Mori established the yeshiva in 2002 and is the Rosh Yeshiva. Rav Benjy Kwalwasser is the Yeshiva's Mashgiach Ruchani, and Rav Michael Cytrin is the school's Menahel. The yeshiva has recently moved to Ramat SHILO (Hebrew: שכונת ישיבת לב התורה‎), a new community on the outskirts of Ramat Bet Shemesh Alef, where a new campus is under construction.

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Hashkafa

Goal of Program

  • Yeshivat Lev HaTorah aims to nurture the development of well rounded B'nei Torah instilled with a commitment to making an impact on the Jewish people.

Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael

  • Lev HaTorah is a Religious Zionist institution that views the establishment of the State of Israel as the greatest event in modern Jewish history. The Torat Chaim Seminar program of tiyulim, shiurim and discussions exposes the students to traditional subjects as well as the complexities of the modern Jewish state.

Attitude towards University Studies

  • University study is viewed as an essential component for a Ben Torah in the modern world. Talmidim are strongly encouraged to pursue their academic studies in an environment that they can continue to grow spiritually.

Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities

  • Lev HaTorah has an extensive extra-curricular program. A number of hours each week are dedicated to chessed projects within the Ramat Beit Shemesh. Students build sukkot for widows, run food-drives, and serve as big-brothers to disadvantaged youth and companions to senior citizens. Students attend weekly chugim hosted by community members and faculty members. We offer workshops in Jewish music, meditation and public speaking.

Preparation for Post Israel

  • Yeshivat Lev HaTorah provides students with seminars and discussion groups focused on preparation for leaving the yeshiva. As future representatives of Torah on college campuses, our students are prepared with leadership training programs. Once students have left yeshiva, there is an extensive follow up program, including a weekly Machshavot HaLev email to all alumni, frequent personal e-mails and phone calls from Rebbeim to individual alumni, on-line shiurim, shabbatonim, and a winter break learning program for alumni.

Dress

  • The light dress code requires that students wear regular pants (no jeans or sweatpants) and collared shirts.

Guidance Personnel

  • All of the yeshiva's full-time staff, and the majority of its part-time staff, live within walking distance of the yeshiva. This means that the Rebbeim often daven Shacharit at the yeshiva, as well as join the yeshiva minyan for Shabbat and Yom Tov. The close proximity between the yeshiva and the homes of the Rebbeim helps forge a warm, family atmosphere. Rebbeim spend more time in the yeshiva and talmidim have the opportunity to interact with the Rebbeim at their own homes and with their families.

Curriculum

Makeup

  • 40% of the day is dedicated to Gemara. Learning levels range from basic to intermediate-advanced. Emphasis is placed on building textual and conceptual skills in both Gemara and other essential realms such as Tanach, Halacha and Jewish Philosophy.

Courses Offered

  • Our Tanach curriculum empowers the student to approach the study of Tanach from a variety of viewpoints, all of which are based on a close reading of the text. At the same time, we are interested in drawing inspiration and internalizing the eternal lessons gleaned from the text. Students are exposed to insights into Tanach yielded by literary/structural analysis and recent archaeological finds. Our daily machshava class focuses on deep analysis of the most important issues in Jewish thought, including free will, belief in God, ta'amei hamitzvot, and Zionism. Emphasis is placed on developing sophisticated understanding through exploration of a broad array of thinkers, including Midrash, Rambam, Ramban, and Rav Yehuda HaLevy among the classic works, and Tanya, Likutei Moharan, Rav Kook and Rav Soloveichik among more recent sources. A strong Zionistic identity must be based in an honest and thorough understanding of recent Jewish history, which we provide in our weekly Modern Jewish History class and Torat Eretz Yisrael class.

Language of Instruction

  • Most of our shiurim are given in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class

  • Learning the Hebrew language is an important ideal for our students. We require all students to attend a professionally-run Ulpan at the beginning of the year. After Sukkot, we provide Ulpan as a twice-weekly option for all interested students.

Assessment and Grading

  • Achievements are not measured by formal tests or grades rather by personal growth. However, optional tests for self evaluation are encouraged.

Shana Bet

  • There is a formal Shana Bet program. We project that 30% will stay a second year. Shana Bet is highly encouraged.

Joint Program

  • Lev HaTorah is a member of YU's Israel program.

Faculty

The Yeshiva employs a total of 22 Rabbis from a wide spectrum of places. Some well known rabbis who teach classes include Rav Yehoshua Fass, the director and founder of Nefesh B'Nefesh, Rav Natan Slifkin, the world renowned "Zoo Rabbi," and Rav Mordechai Machlis.

Sedarim

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Morning Seder

The student body is divided into five different shiurim (class-levels), based on level of proficiency. Each shiur has its own "Ram". Morning seder is a mix of seder time and shiurim (lectures), running from 10:00 to 12:30, after which most students have a small shiur on tefilla by one of the rabbis. In the top shiur, seder runs instead until 1:00.

Afternoon Seder

Afternoon seder is a mix of classes in many topics including Halacha, Tanach, and Machshava, with an hour of free seder time in the middle. On Thursdays, afternoon seder time is used for a Torat Chaim seminar, where students have the opportunity to learn and see about a plethora of different topics and events including the validity of techelet, the life of Rav Soloveitchik, and kosher wine making.

Night Seder

Like morning seder, night seder is broken up into the same five shiurim as the morning, with most shiurim focussing on b'iyun learning (although some classes learn b'kiut). On Thursdays night, seder runs late, with popular school-wide sichot given by Rav Benjy Kwalwasser. At 11:30, the sichot are followed by the wildly popular Prime Time Parsha, at which students hear divrei torah and eat cholent made by their fellow classmates.

Other Faculty

  • Rav Natanel Lebowitz
  • Rav Jake Vidomlanski
  • Rav Asher Friedman
  • Rav Mordechai Kaplan
  • Rav Uri Etigson
  • Rav Yehoshua Paltiel
  • Rav Michael Siev
  • Rav Yitzchak Steinberg
  • Rav Shamai Warman
  • Rav Dudi Winkler
  • Rav Menachem Copperman
  • Rav Naftali Derovan
  • Rav Eyal Gottlieb
  • Rav Yisrael Herczeg
  • Dr. David Kallus
  • Nachman Rosenberg
  • Daphna Goldreich

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