Educational Philosophy

Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim was founded on the premise that a year of Torah study in Israel, drawing upon the awakening maturity of the post high school years plus the emotional pull of Eretz Yisrael, should provide the setting for the most significant year in a student's life. What is therefore needed is not simply a continuation of past learning, but a program newly designed both in form and in intensity to take advantage of the unique opportunity presented. In both its curricular and extracurricular components Ohr Yerushalayim seeks to meet this challenge.

The primary objective of Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim is to provide the student with a highly intensive learning atmosphere in combination with very personalized instruction. Classes are kept small and the student-teacher ratio is most favorable. In addition, Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim sponsors a Kollel of young men who are interested in eventually entering chinuch or the rabbinate. As part of their daily schedule, members of our Kollel learn with our students. The emphasis of study at Ohr Yerushalayim is on the acquisition of the requisite learning skills for proper independent study. This is particularly relevant to in-depth Talmud study where, under the careful guidance of the Rebbe-instructor, much of the burden of preparation of the text and essential commentaries is placed upon the student. Concurrently, ample opportunity is provided in the bekiut study session to broaden the student's scope of knowledge in Talmudic sources through the study of at least one entire tractate (between 70-90 pages of Gemara text).

Guided study of the weekly parsha with the commentaries of Rashi and Ramban enables the student to acquire a solid foundation in the Scriptures. Much emphasis is placed on the development of those positive character -traits which ought to personify the true yeshiva student. This is accomplished through personal guidance, sichot and the study of machshava texts related to different aspects of middot development.

Eretz Yisrael

While not officially affiliated with any political parties or religious movements, Ohr Yerushalayim seeks to foster a great love of both Eretz and Medinat Yisrael. It offers the prayer for the Medinah, celebrates Israel Independence Day, marches with Mercaz Harav Kook to the Kotel on Yom Yerushalayim and plans many activities that lead its students to a serious appreciation of the significance of Medinat Yisrael. Many of its faculty members have served in the Army Reserves (including the Rosh Yeshiva and Mashgiach). Some have attained the level of high-ranking officers in the army.

A deep-rooted love of Eretz Yisrael is developed via a number of tiyulim, shabbatonim and field trips throughout the country, plus contact with the moshav adjoining the yeshiva. Frequent invitations to the homes of faculty members, plus visits to various communities in Israel, also serve to enhance the student's feel for life in Eretz Yisrael..