Packing lists are very subjective things - especially when it comes to 18 year old men going to study abroad for a year. There are certain traditions of what to bring such as hot chocolate packets and instant iced tea. Some focus on food products like hot cereal and sugar cereals (which can be purchased in Israel these days) or hard salami and large slabs of 'American' cheese. Others choose to bring electrical devices including irons, stereos and amps. Those who emphasize hygiene will load up on detergents, soaps and countless toiletries, while the more athletic- minded will bring an overloaded duffle bag of sports every kind of sports equipment. We are not going to inflate the 'mesora' list - part of the fun is doing the research on your own and bringing what you feel you will get good use during the famous 'year-in-Israel'.
However, we will suggest the "basics" which will keep you clothed throughout the year and well-equipped on tiyulim. If we forgot something, please let us know and we will circulate the information.
THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEMS:
The main thing to remember to bring is your good spirits and positive attitude. Most of the rest can be purchased here. Remember-- Israel ceased to be a third world country years ago...
Ok - here's the list. Much of the list is obvious but we didn't take much for granted.
- Talit (for those who wear - Kohanim should certainly bring one for Birkat
- 3 pairs of Tzitzit
- 3 Kippot
- 1 Siddur (weekday/Shabbat)
- 1 set of Machzorim for Yamim Noraim [Artscroll or Metsuda recommended]
- 1 set of Heb/English Chumash w/ Rashi - [new Artscroll version preferred]
The yeshiva will be learning Mesechot Kiddushin & Brachot (2013-14) You may choose to bring an Artscroll (Kiddushin Volme I, for Berachot both volumes will be learnt) with you. They are cheaper to purchase in the US/Canada than here in Israel. Each shiur will be learning a different perek, so you may want to buy all of the volumes of the Artscroll.
(Please note that these Seforim will be offered for sale at the yeshiva on the first day of orientation.)
Please Note: DO NOT to purchase items with 110 voltage. Travel converters are generally not reliable for long periods of time and can cause electrical shorts.
Yeshiva policy prohibits you to bring personal laptop computers, DVD's, PSP's or any other device with movie-playing capability.
- Alarm Clock (battery operated!)
- Electric shaver (with world wide voltage)
- 2 sets of sheets & pillowcases
- 1 good pillow
- 2 blankets - one summer - one winter
- 1 sleeping bag (please do not use this as winter blanket - it is NOT healthy)
- 3 bath towels
- 3 hand towels
- 1 pair dress shoes
- 1 pair of casual shoes / sneakers (high tops for basketball)
- 1 pair of slippers / sandals
- 1 pair hiking shoes
- 1 pair water hiking shoes (Keens are the best type of water shoes to have for hikes)
FOR TIYULIM: Water Shoes which are also comfortable and durable enough to be used during hikes.
NOTE: KEENS water/hiking shoes are the best option for water shoes.
In the Beit Midrash, we attempt to create a proper atmosphere of "yirat mikdash me'at", awe and respect for our place of learning. And therefore, we have some basic guidelines in terms of what is acceptable in our Beit Midrash.
Talmidim are required to wear shirts with collars (no T-shirts) and long pants. Jeans, ripped pants or sweatpants are not allowed in the Beit Midrash.).
Of course, kippah and tzitzit are mandatory.
Baseball hats are not allowed.
Sandals are allowed, but not "flip-flops" or "shower sandals"
The custom of the yeshiva is to tear 'kriya' the first time that we go to the Kotel in Jerusalem. Therefore, plan to bring an old shirt on which to tear 'kriya' on the first day.
- 2 suits (1 summer, 1 winter)
- 3 white shirts
- 2 ties
- 5 pair of pants
- 7 button-down collared shirts (polo shirts are fine too)
- 2 sweaters
- 1 hooded sweatshirt
- 1 pair of sweatpants
- 2 pair of shorts
- 1 bathing suit
- 1 light jacket
- 1 winter jacket
- 9 sets of underwear
- 16 pair of socks (dress and white)
- 2 belts
- Passport & Ticket
- 1 camera
- 1 water bottle
- 2 baseball caps / tiyul hats
- Sports equipment (baseball glove, balls, frisbees, football, basketball, etc.)
- Sunscreen lotion
- Large coffee mug with a tight-fitting cover
- Soap / soap holder
- Toothpaste / Shabbat toothpaste
- Dental Floss
- Contact lens items / glasses (spare pair)
- Prescribed medicine (if applicable and arrangements for refills)
- For those with allergies - Benadryl
- Tylenol / Advil