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Masmidim Honors Program

Education Built upon Relationships for Life

The Masmidim Honors Program at Yeshiva University seeks to identify exceptional incoming talmidim and help them to develop into well-rounded talmidei chachamim with a breadth of yedios in Shas

The program, directed by Rav Mayer Twersky, provides the opportunity to maximize one's potential – through a rigorous learning schedule and structure, through unique curricular and mentorship opportunities, and through warm chevraschaft with other highly ambitious talmidim.  Additionally, the Masmidim Program offers a significant scholarship ($25,000 per year). 

The application process begins by completing an online application, and it includes a challenging oral bechina with Rav Hershel Schachter and Rav Twersky. 


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Talmidim learn approximately 100 blatt of bekius annually, and sit for both periodic and cumulative bechinos.  Talmidim meet weekly with senior roshei yeshiva for singular dinner-chaburos and attend Rav Twersky’s Thursday night machshava shiur.  Additionally, in their first year, talmidim learn the 13 Ikkarim with Rav Twersky.   

Our assistant director, Rav Tanchum Cohen, is readily available for individual mentoring conversations and group va’adim throughout your years in Masmidim and beyond.  Rav Michoel Zylberman ably manages the limud and bechinos, and Rav Ariel Diamond serves as our night-seder sho’el u-meishiv

Masmidim Honors Program

To help maximize the Yeshiva experience and provide continuity in learning, talmidim will supplement the usual sidrei ha-yeshiva with the following: 

  • Extended night seder (to 11 pm) 
  • Friday morning seder  
  • Two out of every four Shabbasos in Yeshiva, as well as Yamim Noraim and Shavuos 
  • Elul Zman (the program begins on or about Rosh Chodesh Elul
  • June Zman (absent any irreconcilable conflicts, e.g., necessary internships) 

The scholarship requires a three-year commitment on campus and is renewable for a fourth year.  [Talmidim are encouraged to stay the extra year on campus in order to concentrate on their learning and simultaneously excel in their college studies.] 

  • While the core opportunities of the Masmidim program – the ambitious schedule, the singular access to senior roshei yeshiva, and the ongoing mentorship – are available to all those who are admitted into the program, please note that the financial scholarship only applies if you are not already enjoying another financial scholarship of similar magnitude, such as the Yeshiva College Honors Program or the Sy Syms Honors Program. 

Reach out to Rav Josh Frohlich at or to our Assistant Director, Rav Tanchum Cohen, at  

You will need to complete the online application as well as solicit two recommendations.  

When to apply

  • Since a YU Masmidim award cannot be deferred, you should apply during the last year before you anticipate beginning to learn and study at YU. 
  • In order to apply for Masmidim, you must have already applied to be an undergraduate on the Wilf Campus, either at Yeshiva College or at the Sy Syms School of Business. 
  • Application deadline for אלול תשפ״ג:  February 1, 2024 | ד׳ שבט תשפ״ג 

Preparing to apply 

  • The application form will ask you to list the names and email addresses of your two recommenders.  Once you complete and submit the online application form, the system will immediately contact them directly for their recommendations.
  • The application form will offer you the opportunity to share מאמרים ודברי תורה  which you have authored.  You will be able to either upload documents or share links.



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