YESHIVAT HAR ETZION and its affiliate institutions have revolutionized the international landscape of Jewish education. Merging the best in traditional Jewish learning with a formidable grasp of the modern world, the Yeshiva continues blazing a path of educational innovation and opportunity in the Jewish world, shaping the next generation of Jewish leaders seeking to study Torah at the highest level.
Its Roshei Yeshiva, three distinguished alumni of the Yeshiva, HaRav Yaakov Medan, HaRav Baruch Gigi and HaRav Mosheh Lichtenstein, continue building and ensuring the vision and legacy of the Yeshiva’s founders, HaRav Yehuda Amital zt”l and HaRav Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l.
Yeshivat Har Etzion includes one of the largest Hesder programs in Israel, combining advanced Talmud studies and military service, as well as the Kollel Gavoah and the Merkin-Rennert Halacha Kollel, preparing students for careers in the rabbinate and education. Through REVAVA – The Riva Koschitzky Torah Enrichment Program students are provided with in-depth study of Tanakh, Halacha and Jewish Philosophy. The Yeshiva’s current enrollment of 430 students from all corners of the Diaspora includes 114 students in the Dr. William Major Overseas Program.
The STELLA K. ABRAHAM BEIT MIDRASH FOR WOMEN OF YESHIVAT HAR ETZION (MIGDAL OZ), under the leadership of Rabbanit Esti Rosenberg, offers young women the opportunity to incorporate intensive Torah learning with national service (Sherut Leumi/IDF) and professional educational training. The Beit Midrash has more than 300 students, including our biggest Shana Alef program so far with over 150 talmidot, 80 young women in their second, third or fourth year of study, and more than 70 women from all over Israel who come for a day dedicated for Torah learning in various Halacha, Gemara, and Midrash programs. The Gwendolyn Straus Advanced Talmud Program of Migdal Oz provides in-depth Gemara and Halacha study to a select cadre of women with up to six years of prior Talmud learning. This program develops skills and a learning experience for the graduates who go on to serve in pivotal leadership and education roles in their communities. This year we also have exceptional young women in their high school years who study in a unique weekly program for girls who wish to start their Beit Midrash experience early.
The ISRAEL KOSCHITZKY VBM TORAT HAR ETZION In the early 1990’s, Yeshivat Har Etzion recognized the Internet’s potential to spread Torah, and launched the trailblazing Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash – one of the first and still the best in-depth text-based Torah resource on the web. Under the guidance of its director Rabbi Ezra Bick and editor-in-chief Rabbi Reuven Ziegler, the VBM has grown into an educational powerhouse offering twenty-five annual courses in English and Hebrew, free of charge, to tens of thousands of students across the globe. Thus far, the VBM’s unparalleled courses in Halakha, Talmud, Tanakh and Machshava have resulted in an astonishing 100 published books! In addition, the Torat Har Etzion has expanded in recent years to include thousands of audio and video shiurim, continually updated and easily searchable.
This past year, the VBM website has undergone major upgrades including a new app, more user friendly technology with a more accurate search engine, including a special Mishnat HaRal webpage featuring shiurim and sichot of Harav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l.
With these upgrades and more that are planned, Torat Har Etzion continues to spread the wealth of Torah emanating from Har Etzion institutions worldwide, lehagdil Torah uleha’adirah and lekaddesh shem Shamayim.
DERACHEHA deracheha.org is a halachic education initiative of Yeshivat Har Etzion in partnership with the Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash and the Stella K. Abraham Beit Midrash for Women at Migdal Oz. An online platform for studying halachot related to women, Deracheha presents Halacha accurately and respectfully from a woman’s perspective, exploring a range of voices. Its goals are to grant women access to halachic discourse, to build a community of learners, and to raise the caliber of halachic discussion and mitzva observance.