Netiv Aryeh—S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program
Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh seeks to facilitate the growth of each Talmid as a truly religious individual. He will be able to use his skills mastered in the Yeshiva to learn independently. He will actualize his growth from the Yeshiva throughout his life, be it in his steadfast dedication to daily learning and T’filla B’zibbur, his personal life and relations, his dedication to Klal Yisrael, and his professional life.
Attitude towards Israel and Medinat Yisrael
The Overseas Program’s perspective is aligned with that of the Religious Zionist movement and is consistent with the thoughts espoused by the Rav, HaRav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, zt”l. YNA believes in Torat Yisrael, Eretz Yisrael and Midinat Yisrael, and celebrates all holidays accordingly.
Attitude towards University Studies
University studies are strongly encouraged and YNA participates in all Joint Programs. Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh stresses the importance of Torah learning even while at university and later in the working world and in married life. Pursuing studies in Kollel is considered an option only for the select few.
Attitude towards Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities are viewed as an important part of the Yeshiva experience, and participation in appropriate activities is encouraged during students’ free time. At the beginning of the year representatives from many of Jerusalem's chesed organizations present their activities to the students, providing those interested with an opportunity to volunteer. Some of the most popular programs focus on the social and material needs of recent immigrants and underprivileged youth. Other programs include visiting the developmentally delayed and handicapped adults, visiting the sick in hospitals, and much more. Many of the students develop such a love of chesed that they opt to spend the next few summers in chesed programs such as HASC. Requests for individualized programs are also accommodated.
Preparation for Post Israel
Classes are conducted with the aim of transmitting morals and Halachic values. Our students are taught to have respect for their fellow man, honor for their parents and siblings. These sessions are also geared to prepare those who have unaffiliated family members to deal with situations that may arise. Personal counseling is always available to the individual student who may need it. Upon completion of the program, Our alumni association provides programming under the guidance of our Director of Alumni Affairs in the U.S.
The "Successful" Student
The successful YNA student will strive to further his learning, his religious understanding, and his love of the State of Israel. He will return home to complete his university studies, with respect for his parents and background and with an eye towards one day being dedicated to daily learning and T’filla B’zibbur, his personal life and relations, Klal Yisrael, and his professional life.
While the Yeshiva has no formal dress code, it is incumbent on all its students to dress in a manner befitting a Makom Torah. Guidance Personnel Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh has sensitive Rabbonim available for private discussions with the students at all hours of the day or night. Aside from the Ramim, the staff includes Rabbonim and Rabbinical students who learn with students on a one-to-one basis. The staff also includes our Director of Student Life and dedicated Madrichim who are available on a 24 hour basis, and School Psychologist.
The Yeshiva’s educational philosophy is characterized by complete devotion to the principle that the Rebbe’s relationship with his students should reflect the same degree of love and commitment that a parent has for a child. Harav Aharon Bina, Rosh Yeshiva, relates to each student like a son, personally looking after his academic, religious and emotional growth. During the day the Rabbis are aware of the whereabouts of the students while in the evenings the Madrichim, under the supervision of the administration, look after the Talmidim.
The morning Talmud seder is divided into independent preparation in the Beit Midrash and formal classroom instruction. Students are placed in shiurim commensurate with their individual backgrounds and proficiencies, and are carefully evaluated with the goal of promoting maximum intellectual and religious growth. In the afternoon, students participate in bikiut shiurim in various subjects, each chosen by the students and taught in accordance with the level and background of its participants. Options include other chapters of the tractate being studied in the morning, different tractates, and Mishna.
During afternoon seder, students review their morning studies along with their chavrutot. Some students elect to participate in a special advanced machshava (philosophy) seminar covering major topics in Kuzari, Rambam, and Ramban. Following Seder, students enjoy elective shiurim in topics ranging from Parshat Hashavua to the Rambam’s Mishne Torah. Additionally, we can customize a learning program for anyone who qualifies.
7:45 - Shacharit
8:30 - Breakfast
8:50 - Halacha
9:00 - Seder (preparation for Shiur)
11:30 - Gemera Shiur (5 Levels, the highest in Hebrew)
12:45 - Lunch
3:30 - BiKiut Shiur
4:05 - Mincha
4:15 - Afternoon Seder Review, Chugim in Tanach, Kuzari, Mesillat Yesharim (optional choices)
6:00 - Machshava and Tanach
7:00 - Maariv
7:20 - Supper
8:00 - Evening Seder
Language of Instruction
Classes are taught both in English, and Hebrew. Gemara is given in Hebrew for the advanced group.
Ulpan or Hebrew Class
There is an optional Ulpan available
Assessment and Grading
Students are issued transcripts which are accepted by many well-known universities. An entire year earns a total of 32 credits. Full credit is only granted to those whose attendance in class was regular. Participation is highly valued and taken into consideration.Tests are offered sporadically- according to the schedule devised by the individual Rebbe.
Participation in our Shana Bet program is dependant upon prior parental approval. Only after such approval, Rabbis encourage the students to return to Shana Bet. Between a third to half of the students do return for Shana Bet. If any scholarship monies are jeopardized by Shana Bet participation, the student is not allowed to return.
Yeshiva University, Touro College
Harav Aharon Bina, the Rosh Yeshiva, is the son of Harav Aryeh Bina, zt"l, who was Rosh Yeshiva of Netiv Meir, and a prominent Jerusalem talmid chacham. Harav Bina is a constant presence and a valuable resource for all students and alumni. Harav Bina is also a captain in the Israeli Defence Forces. Harav Avigdor Nebenzahl, shlita, the Rav of the Old City and a renowned halachic authority in Israel, is also on the staff of the Overseas Program. Harav Yaacov Darmoni is the the Sephardic Posek of the Old City and is in charge of the Sephardic Track Program at the Yeshiva.
The Yeshiva boasts the world-reknown Rennert Kollel of which 60 or so of its members are Israeli. Students can learn with an Israeli Chevruta if they so choose on a daily basis.
Special Informal programs
Guest speakers are invited to speak to the students on important issues relating to the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and chagim; e.g.-guest speakers are invited for Yom Yom Hazikaron, HaAtzmaut, and Yom Yerushalayim. Special mesibot (parties, or BBQ) commemorate events such as Chanukka, Purim, Yom HaAtzmaut and Yom Yerushalayim. The Yeshiva strives to be a “home away from home” by providing a special atmosphere during Shabbatot and Chagim. The weekly Chugim held in the homes of Rabbonim who live in the area create a unique connection with local families.
Students have access to a fully equipped gym facility with a trainer on the premises. Students play in Gan Hapaamon, located about 15 minutes walking distance from the Yeshiva or the basketball court adjacent to the parking lot of the Old City. Often the Yeshiva rents an indoor court on Saturday nights at the request of the students. Friday is a free day and many Yeshiva leagues meet on that day.
Programming for Shabbat and Yom Tov
Once a month the Yeshiva has a mandatory “in shabbat” where the “Oneg Shabbat” with HaRav Bina and guest speakers is a highlight. The Yeshiva however is open all year for all Shabbatot and Chagim. Students are welcome to stay and enjoy Shabbat meals, and Oneg Shabbat with visiting Rabbis and their families.
There is at least one Tiyul - field trip a month. Trips range from half day trips to museums to 3 days in length. Their objective is to help the students get to know and love the land of Israel. The trips take the students all over Israel from the hills of Eilat to the slopes of Mt. Hermon.
YNA currently accommodates students with varied abilities and has a beginners program, however mostly intermediate and advanced ability in Talmud study are appropriate.
Hebrew Knowledge Required
Good basic knowledge of Hebrew is required – however shiurim are in Hebrew and English and an Ulpan is available.
Religious Observance Required
A strong, positive attitude to shmirat Torah U’mitzvot is a prerequisite
American students in the Overseas Program are generally graduates of Yeshiva Day Schools from around the country, as well as public school graduates with NCSY background. Canadian students are usually graduates of Yeshivot.
Overall Number of Students (Kollel, Israeli, Foreign)
In 2008-2009 this program had approximately 115 first year students.
Foreign Student Percentage
Number of 1st Year American Students
Number of 2nd Year American Students
Number of Students per Class
Classes are divided according to level- 15 students maximum per class. Many of the afternoon shiurim are smaller. The general morning shiur is larger.
The physical plant of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh is beautiful, spacious and modern. The Beit Midrash, classrooms and dining room are all under the same roof with the dormitory located within a short walk. The Yeshiva is proud to announce that it is nearing completion of construction of a new state-of-the-art dormitory. Two buildings will contain 150 beds with the amenities required to insure the comfort of a student away from home. This includes a mini-workout room, laundry area, computer room, student lounge, and dining area. The building will be fully heated and air-conditioned.
Availability of Private Kitchen Facilities
There are no private kitchen facilities available.
Facility use during Shabbat and Yom Tov
The Yeshiva is open all year long to its students, including all Shabbatot and Chagim.
Because the Yeshiva is very aware of security concerns, we are intensely focused on providing the safest environment possible to all its students. On a daily basis, several faculty members and resident madrichim know the whereabouts of each participating student in the Overseas Program. The Yeshiva prides itself on keeping “close tabs” on all its charges as a means of ensuring their utmost physical and spiritual safety and well-being and as such have a midnight curfew.
The Yeshiva complex has installed a state-of-the-art electronic surveillance system, which scrutinizes everyone entering the premises. Nevertheless, due to sensitivities of the Overseas parents and the ever-changing political situation in Israel, the Yeshiva has chosen to hire an independent security company. This company is responsible for all on-site security.
YNA is a MASA participating Yeshiva.
Harav Aharon Bina / Uri Kari
1 Hakotel Street, Western Wall Plaza
Old City, Jerusalem 97500
(mail address) P.O.B. 32017, Jerusalem 91319
Phone: (02) 626-6333
Fax: (02) 628-0020