Lev Hatorah—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program

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Goal of Program
Yeshivat Lev HaTorah aims to nurture the development of well rounded Bnei 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. We view the establishment of the State of Israel as the greatest event in modern Jewish history. Our Torat Eretz Yisrael program of tiyulim, shiurim and discussions exposes the talmidim to traditional subjects as well as the complexities of the modern Jewish state.

Attitude Towards University Studies
We view university study as an essential component for a Ben Torah in the modern world. We strongly encourage our talmidim 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. Musically talented students are encouraged to 'jam Jewishly' in our fully equipped music room. In addition, the weekly schedule is designed to enable participation in sporting activities.

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, we have 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 at www.levhatorah.org, shabbatonim and a winter break learning program for alumni.

The "Successful" Student
The successful alumnus of Lev HaTorah is helping Klal Yisrael wherever and whenever he can. He continues to grow in Torah and is a positive influence on his family, friends and community.

Dress
Our light dress code requests 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 joining the yeshiva minyan for Shabbat and Yom Tovim. The close proximity between the yeshiva and the homes of the Rebbeim helps us 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. All members of the staff are available for quality "shmooze" time with students. Our teachers focus on getting to know our talmidim and guiding their growth according to their unique needs and interests.

Supervision
Our talented madrichim provide friendly supervision of dorm life. In general, the yeshiva emphasizes trust and responsibility on the part of the students. Our zero-tolerance policy regarding drinking, smoking and drugs is enforced in order to ensure the health and safety of our students and a productive environment for the yeshiva as a whole.

Security arrangements
The yeshiva maintains contact with the local police and we receive updates regarding the security situation. Travel limitations may be implemented if deemed necessary. We respect the limitations that parents place upon their children. A fingerprint-access system has been installed in the yeshiva building, which limits access only to authorized yeshiva staff and students.

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 daily shiurim in Machshava 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 and Torat Eretz Yisrael class.

Our new Halacha curriculum is designed to cover the basic Halachot of Brachot, Tefilla, Shabbat, Kashrut, and Chagim, primarily utilizing the classic Mishna Berura, but also incorporating the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and Rav Melamed's Pninei Halacha.

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.

Daily Schedule
Please see the daily schedule on our website: https://www.levhatorah.org/daily-schedule/

Language of Instruction
Most of our shiurim are given in English.

Ulpan or Hebrew Class
The yeshiva hires two professional Ulpan instructors who give an Advanced and Beginners level Ulpan class held twice weekly in the afternoon break.

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.

Staff

Rav Boaz Mori is the Rosh HaYeshiva.
Rav Benjy Kwalwasser is the director of the LevLaChayal program for Lone Soldiers.

Rabbanim include:

  • Rav Michael Cytrin
  • Rav Natanel Lebowitz
  • Rav Yakov Vidomlanski
  • Rav Asher Friedman
  • Rav Mordechai Kaplan
  • Rav Mordechai Machlis
  • Rav Uri Etigson
  • Rav Yehoshua Fass
  • Rav Shamai Warman
  • Rav Yehoshua Paltiel
  • Rav Yaakov Beasley
  • Rav Dudi Winkler
  • Rav Micky Siev
  • Nachman Rosenberg
  • Rav Jonny Friedman
  • Rav Ely Allen
  • Rav Yehoshua Gerzi
  • Rav Yaakov Ehrenkranz
  • Rav Yehuda Odeser
  • Rav Simi Sherman

Extra-Curricular Activities

Interaction with Israelis
We encourage interaction with Israelis on a number of fronts. Primarily through interactions with the 8 Israelis in our new Kollel, headed by Rav David Bagno.  The Avreichim learn with Lev LaChayal students b'chevruta, and give chaburot twice a week to our Shana Aleph students.  In addition, our Lev LaChayal program for Lone Soldiers is home to dozens of English-speaking bnei yeshiva who have learned in yeshiva and are now during their IDF service, and who return to Lev HaTorah for Shabbatonim and their breaks. Our talmidim benefit tremendously by their presence as role models. A series of shiurim on Israeli politics are given to keep students informed. We generally do not encourage student involvement in political rallies. 

Special Informal Programs
Guest speakers expose students to a broad array of personalities and perspectives in the Torah world. Chagigot on Rosh Chodesh, Mo’adim, and occasional musical performances spark our students’ ruchniut.

Sports Facilities
The yeshiva is conveniently located near several large public parks, in which the talmidim can play football. The yeshiva campus contains our own 3-on-3 basketball court, as well as a brand-new full-court basketball court, in addition to a weight room equipped with the latest work-out equipment.

Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
Twice a month, the entire yeshiva spends Shabbat together, once in the yeshiva campus, and once “away” in various locales in Israel including Tzfat, Yeshivot Hesder, Hispin (the Golan), Bnei Brak and the Old City of Yerushalayim. Special programming is offered throughout the Bein HaZmanim, including tiyulim and shiurim. Rebbeim in the neighborhood and “friends of the yeshiva” throughout the country open their homes to our students year-round, and especially during yamim tovim.

Field Trips
At Lev HaTorah, we view Eretz Yisrael as a living Beit Midrash. Our Torat Eretz Yisrael program instills a love and understanding of Eretz Yisrael.Our twice-monthly tiyulim are a central part of the yeshiva experience. We focus on developing a deep understanding of Tanach, Torah She-B’al Peh, and Jewish History through a first-hand encounter with the terrain and archaeological finds of Eretz Yisrael. Each tiyul is preceded by an introductory shiur to the sites we visit. During our extended three-day tiyulim we concentrate on a more comprehensive understanding of the regions in Israel.

Eligibility

Level of Learning Offered
Intermediate, with options for beginner or advanced levels available

Hebrew Knowledge Required
Beginner / Intermediate

Religious Observance Required
Full commitment required.

Population

Type of American Student
Lev HaTorah is looking to attract English speaking students from all over the world. About 60% of our students come from “out of town” i.e. outside of the Metropolitan NY area, with the remaining 40% coming from the NY/NJ area. We have graduates from all of the major yeshiva high schools and “community” Jewish high schools. The blend of personalities from different places and backgrounds greatly enhances the program.

Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
105

Foreign Student Percentage
No information provided

Number of 1st Year American Students
For the 2018-19 year, we have 67 Shana Aleph students.

Number of 2nd Year American Students
For the 2018-19 year, we have 20 Shana Bet students and 10 students in our Lev LaChayal program for Lone Soldiers. Our Lev HaTorah Kollel numbers 8 full-time Israeli students.

Other Nationalities
No information provided

Number of Students per Class
Lev HaTorah boasts a 1:3 Rebbe:Talmid ratio. We have 5 Morning/Night Gemara shiurim, with an average of 10 students per class. Chaburot average 3-4 talmidim per shiur. An effort is made to provide each student with one chevruta with a Rebbe.

Accommodations

Living Quarters
Students live on the yeshiva campus in our brand new, 4-floor building. The Beit Midrash is on the ground floor; cheder ochel and classrooms are on the 2nd floor, and the student apartments are on the 3rd and 4th floors. Students live in comfortably furnished apartments. Each apartment contains 3 bedrooms with 3-4 students per each large bedroom, a common kitchen, and several bathrooms. There are washer/dryer facilities that are shared by every two apartments. The building contains eight of these apartments. Guests are welcome. The yeshiva has a computer room equipped with internet and email access. Students are expected to use the computer room for appropriate purposes, including sending/receiving emails, checking current events and sports updates. Students have daily access to the computer during their free time, and are limited to 15 minute slots if other students are waiting. Students are not allowed to bring private laptop computers.

Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
Each apartment is equipped with a large refrigerator for student use.

Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
The yeshiva is open throughout the year including the long breaks of Bein HaZmanim. Meals are provided every Shabbat.

Curfew
The yeshiva emphasizes trust and responsibility on the part of the students, and therefore does not impose a curfew. On “out” Shabbatot, students are required to inform the yeshiva of where they will be going.

Security Arrangements
The yeshiva maintains contact with the local police and we receive updates regarding the security situation. Travel limitations may be implemented if deemed necessary. We respect the limitations that parents place upon their children.

History

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, an innovative yeshiva located in the heart of Ramat Beit Shemesh, was founded in 2002 to provide the motivated student with a complete learning experience. Its establishment was inspired by the need for a yeshiva that focuses on building a foundation in all of the realms of Torah while integrating a love for Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael.

Accrediting Universities

Lev HaTorah is a Yeshiva University S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program School. Lev Hatorah expects to receive accreditation from Touro and Landers.

Tuition

Tuition for the year 2018-19 year is a $2,500 registration fee along with an 89,000 Israeli shekel payment.  This includes room and board, laundry services, tiyulim and all educational components.  There is an optional trip to Poland that takes place in December.

Additional Information

Yeshivat Lev HaTorah is dedicated to insuring that prospective students, current Talmidim, hundreds of alumni, and "extended family" of parents and friends are able to stay connected to the Yeshiva. The Lev HaTorah website is home to any and all information you would need about the program. With a full archive of shiurim and extensive photo gallery, you can keep updated and inspired with everything going on in and out of the yeshiva. 

For a more "personal" touch, you can also LIKE the Lev HaTorah facebook page or follow @Lev_HaTorah on Twitter to get pictures, videos, and updates with the click of a button.

Contact Information

Lev HaTorah
U.S. Office
Mrs. Beth White
65 Argyll Avenue
New Rochelle, N.Y. 10804

Israel Office 
Rav Boaz Mori / Rav Michael Cytrin
Nachal Ein Gedi 37
Ramat Bet Shemesh Aleph 99000

Phone: (02) 992-2617
Fax: (02) 999-4640
Email: office@levhatorah.org
www.levhatorah.org