What is the Hashkafa of Yeshivat Drisha?
The three pillars of our yeshiva are Torah study, Tefillah and commitment to mitzvot. The yeshiva approaches all of these with intensity.
● Torah: Yeshivat Drisha offers an unparalleled curriculum of Talmud study, featuring five sidrei iyyun and four sidrei bekiyut each week for all students. Our unique pedagogical approach involves personal www.drisha.org mentorship by staff to ensure that students understand and internalize the skills and materials covered.
● Tefillah: Although there is no minyan, all students and faculty in the beit midrash daven together as one community three times a day. Our Tefillah is enriched by faculty-led hachana l’tefillah, which sets a tone of mindfulness and seriousness for davening.
● Commitment to Mitzvot: We believe that our students’ observance of Mitzvot should flow from their serious Torah study and deep understanding of Halakhah. The Yeshiva environment cultivates full observance of all areas of Halakhic practice.
Does the yeshiva have a particular approach to Talmud study?
Each member of our faculty has learned in multiple batei midrash and some have academic training as well. They bring a variety of methods and tools to their teaching, exposing students to the breadth of approaches as relevant to the sugya at hand. In addition to high level conceptualization, there is a strong emphasis on skill building and personal growth in learning. Our Talmud curriculum is complemented by classes on Tanakh, Halakhah and Machshava, which enriches and deepens students’ appreciation for the topics covered in the sugyot.
Does the Yeshiva provide food for students?
The Yeshiva provides three meals a day for students, and dorms are equipped with fully functioning kitchens. Allergies and dietary restrictions are accommodated.
What is the cost of the program and is there financial aid available?
The cost of the program is $25,000. Need based financial aid is available.
What trips does the Yeshiva offer?
While learning is the main focus of the Yeshiva, learning about Eretz Yisrael is also a key part of the Shana Alef experience. The Yeshiva goes on a couple of larger trips around Israel throughout the year, and smaller, local outings are offered on Fridays when Shabbatot are spent in the Yeshiva. Due to the focus on learning, the larger trips are reserved for bein hazmanim, except for one long beit midrash-wide tiyul in the middle of the year. Students will also have opportunities to visit the home communities of their Israeli classmates, gaining an insider’s view into many different parts of the land. The Yeshiva does not conduct its own Poland trip, but will make arrangements for interested students to join on another seminary’s trip, depending on circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
What will students do on Shabbatot and Chagim?
Shavuot, Simchat Torah, Channuka, and Purim will be celebrated together at the Yeshiva, as well as one Shabbat every 2-3 weeks. Additionally, students are always welcome to stay in their dorms and join for meals and Tefillot with married students or members of the Kibbutz. Yeshiva staff will make sure that every student always has somewhere to go for Shabbatot and holidays.
Is there security on the kibbutz?
The kibbutz is secured by the IDF as well as private security.
What is available in the way of public transportation?
There are buses to and from Jerusalem which stop at Tzomet HaGush, where the mall is. There is also a bus to and from Efrat where there is more shopping and restaurants, as well as Kfar Etzion.
Are the apartments used when students are not on The Kibbutz?
No. This is your home, we do not give it to others.
Is there a curfew?
No. We believe in building trusting adult relationships in a small, warm and supportive environment. However, it is expected that students are informing someone when they leave the kibbutz.
How many students are in the Yeshiva?
There are currently 24 students learning in the Yeshiva. We hope to welcome 40-50 students next year.
I’m going to be going to Stern College. Will I be able to get credit for learning in the yeshiva?
Students taking a full course load will be provided with a transcript. We are currently working with YU to ensure that students will receive credit.
I want to apply to the Tikva program. Will I be eligible to participate in that program?
Is there a support system for Americans specifically?
Yes. The support system for American students will consist of on-site staff, including overseas program director, a full-time Eim Bayit, as well as www.drisha.org access to a psychologist. Students will also have the option to be welcomed into an adoptive family on the kibbutz.
Will students have the ability to maintain relationships with teachers after Yeshiva?
Yes. Our teachers and staff are tremendously invested in each student, and in the relationships they will build and continue to nurture between them.
How do I apply?
You may start your application at drisha.org/forms/ or contacts [email protected] for more information!