About Yeshivat Har Etzion
YESHIVAT HAR ETZION, founded in 1968 in Gush Etzion, has become one of Israel’s outstanding institutions of learning, inculcating in its students intellectual excellence, spiritual growth and national commitment. For over four decades, the Yeshiva was headed by two of the most outstanding scholars and community leaders of our time - Rabbi Yehuda Amital zt”l and Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein. Merging the best in traditional Jewish learning with a formidable grasp of the modern world, the Yeshiva’s aim is not to cloister but to communicate, to educate a new generation of teachers and leaders. Three distinguished alumni of the Yeshiva, Rabbi Yaakov Medan, Rabbi Baruch Gigi and Rabbi Mosheh Lichtenstein, serve as additional Roshei Yeshiva, ensuring the stability and vision of the Yeshiva as it transitions to a new generation of leadership.
Yeshivat Har Etzion includes one of the largest Hesder programs in Israel, combining advanced Talmud studies and military service, as well as a Kollel for students preparing for careers in the rabbinate and education. The Yeshiva’s current enrollment of 445 students includes 121 overseas students from all corners of the Diaspora.
In 1997, the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women of Yeshivat Har Etzion (Migdal Oz) was established under the leadership of Esti Rozenberg, offering young women the opportunity to incorporate intensive Torah learning with national service (Sherut Leumi/IDF) and professional educational training. The Beit Midrash now has 120 students, including 31 from overseas who are completely integrated into the intellectual and spiritual life of the Beit Midrash. This year, Migdal Oz launched the Advanced Scholars Program in Talmud & Halacha, a groundbreaking and intensive program whose goal is to produce talmidot chachamot with the knowledge and skills to teach and assume leadership roles in their communities, and the capability to take full part in the Torah discourses of our generation.
The Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash (www.vbm-torah.org) provides weekly shiurim in Tanach, Talmud, Halacha and Philosophy to tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide, opening a window into the Beit Midrash. Together with the KMTT daily Torah podcasts (Ki Mitzion Tetze Torah) and numerous publications, the Yeshiva’s Torah and message is received by thousands of people throughout the world.
Herzog College, founded 39 years ago, an affiliate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, is the largest teachers’ training college for the religious Zionist community in Israel with a total of 1,850 students, both men and women in separate programs. It is renowned for its high-level pedagogical and continuing education programs in Tanach, Talmud, Halacha, Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew Language, Hebrew Literature and Land of Israel Studies. Faculty members of the College develop curricula and educational materials for the classroom throughout the country and the Diaspora. Over 5,000 people attend the renowned Summer Study Days in Tanach, which offers over 200 classes, including 25 English classes, covering a wide range of topics by Roshei Yeshiva, rabbis, university professors and scholars.
At Yeshivat Har Etzion, the pursuit of personal growth is intimately bound up with a dedication to serving Israel and the Jewish People. The Yeshiva girds its students with a mastery of Torah, a love of the Jewish People and Eretz Yisrael, and the ability to engage the contemporary world and be enriched by it, strong in their beliefs and uncompromising in their commitment.
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