Frequently Asked Questions

Apartments:

Students will be living in our brand new yeshiva building which serves as their home for the year. The yeshiva dorms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the building, and are designed as mini-apartments. Each is equipped with kitchen, laundry facilities, multiple bathrooms and comfortable bedroom furnishings. 

What are the size of the beds?

Regular twin size is 39". Our beds are slightly more narrow: 32 inches.  The length is 75 inches.

Private Kitchen Facilities:

Each apartment is equipped with a large refrigerator for student use.

Shabbat and Yamim Tovim:

The yeshiva is open throughout the year including the long breaks of Bein Ha’Zmanim. Meals are provided every Shabbat.

Are guests allowed on Shabbat and Yamim Tovim:

The yeshiva is your home for the year.  Just as you invite guests to your home, so too we want you to invite guests to your home in the yeshiva.  And therefore, guests are welcome for most Shabbatot.   (Students will be informed when the yeshiva will not be allowing guests.)

Security Arrangements:

The yeshiva maintains contact with the army and local police and keeps the yeshiva informed of the security situation. The yeshiva building can only be accessed via a biometric fingerprint-ID system (not on Shabbat.) Travel limitations may be implemented if deemed necessary. We respect the limitations that parents place upon their children.

Madrichim:

The yeshiva employs a number of madrichim who live in the apartments with the students. They are an invaluable source of guidance and inspiration. We will have a minimum of four madrichim for the 2012-13 school year.

Free Time:

The students have time to go to Jerusalem on a number of occassions. Night Seder on Tuesday ends early, allowing ample time for the students to play basketball in the local gym, go to Jerusalem for dinner and to meet friends, or just to hang out. Saturday nights are also free nights, although the yeshiva does host a Melave Malka every Saturday night at the home of one of the Rebbeim. In addition, after Shacharit, the students are free on Fridays. During Yeshiva (not including Bein Ha’zmanim) all boys are required to sleep in the dorms.  This includes Saturday nights. 

Safe:

Students are encouraged to keep spare cash, plane tickets and passports in the safe located in the office. They have access to the safe once or twice daily.

 

They may also keep cash and other valuables in the safe located within each apartment, for which there is continuous access.  Additionally, each student may rent a personal safe in his bedroom for NIS 125 a year.

Family Visitations:

We encourage parents to visit their sons during their year in yeshiva, especially during the "Bein Ha'zman" days designated in the yeshiva calendar. Parents who plan to visit their son while the yeshiva is in session are requested that they take their son out of the yeshiva for a minimal amount of time. Our years of experience have shown that taking a student out of the yeshiva environment for a longer period impacts negatively on his overall experience.

Before your visit we request that each parent send an e-mail to the Yeshiva and Rav Mo, with your dates and contact info in Israel.  Please also inform us if and when you plan to visit the Yeshiva.  Visiting Yeshiva is encouraged and appreciated. Please also see: Family Visits

Where is the yeshiva's address?  Where do I send mail to my son?

The mailing address of the yeshiva is:  Yeshivat Lev HaTorah, Nachal Ein Gedi 37, Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph, Israel 99000. Please mail letters directly to the yeshiva and we will distribute them to the students.

If you want to send packages to your son, our experience is that the best (and cheapest) way is to send it with friends/family who will then deliver directly to your son.  If you want to send a package by the mail, please make sure to pay to have a tracking number, which can be used to locate the package in the event that it gets lost.  Please note that the Israeli Postal system sometimes attaches higher- than-expected customs taxes on packages.

Expectations

We accept mature and motivated young men who want to come and make the most of their year in Israel. 
We therefore expect our talmidim to behave as Bnei Torah.  Moreover, we treat our talmidim as young men who are capable of making responsible decisions.

However, there are certain behaviors which will not be tolerated in the yeshiva:

1.      Each talmid (and his parents) signs a Declaration form that he will not be involved in the drinking of alcohol, the consumption of drugs of any form, or the smoking of cigarettes.  A violation of this can lead to serious consequences.

2.      Unfortunately, with the increasing popularity of internet gambling sites and poker games, incidents in which yeshiva students are involved in gambling has also increased.  Gambling of any form in our yeshiva is not permitted under any circumstances.