Guide to Students
Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh is a Yeshiva Gevoha, combining the best of Lithuanian Yeshiva tradition with the outstanding aspects of Israeli ideals. Its purpose is to develop Gedolei Torah, imbued with Torah values of Ahavat HaTorah, Ha'am, V'ha'aretz. The Yeshiva endeavors to instill its special approach in youth to whom a Torah-true life is of prime importance and who devote the best of their resources to its study.
Upon arriving at the Yeshiva, you should bear this in mind and prepare yourself to muster all your energy, will and emotional strength to reach this goal. We understand that you may not have been used to such demands until now. Perhaps that is why you have chosen our Yeshiva - so that in its atmosphere you might strive towards the meaning of true and original Torah life in its purest form.
The first and most indispensable condition for achieving such a purpose is highly concentrated and devoted Torah study. You will want to exploit your time to the fullest in order to reach the highest possible standard of Torah scholarship and character perfection. This involves intensive study of all Torah subjects: Gemara and commentaries, Jewish Philosophy and Ethics, Halacha, Chumash, Nach and workshops on introspection and character development.
This must not, of course, be limited to your study periods, but must express itself in your total disposition and behavior. In every sphere you must try to feel the practical application of the ethics of the Torah, from early morning until late at night. Whether you are in the Yeshiva Bet Medrash, at a study period, in a recess between studies, in the dining room or in your own room - these matters should occupy your attention and time so fully that you will no longer find particular interest in those trivialities which previously occupied so much time.
We will do everything possible to help you realize the goals of the Yeshiva and guide you through the initial period of adjustment to the Israeli environment. The Yeshiva regards you as a Ben Torah in every matter. It is up to you to express that ideal in your daily routine. Do not forget that this year is one of self-realization. If you use it properly, it can serve as a lifetime guide. We would like to specify some points we find important in order to attain these goals:
- A "Ben Torah" is recognized by his behavior. He must dress in a dignified and mature manner. Your dress is a reflection of your respect for the dignity of Torah, its study and its students. Please refrain from bringing T-shirts and clothing with emblems.
- The Yeshiva does not approve of occupations which might distract you from your development or which might waste time that should be devoted to Torah study. Reading books and newspapers, listening to the radio or playing musical instruments can become sources of disturbance to your Yeshiva studies and a waste of time. The Yeshiva certainly does not wish to discourage you from following outside interests. However, we reserve the right to intervene when preoccupation with other matters distracts you or others from study or affects your behavior.
- Free Shabbatot are approximately every three weeks. You will be notified about the Shabbat programs at the beginning of the year. All talmidim must remain in the Yeshiva, including Friday, for all other Shabbatot. There are some organized Shabbatot outside the Yeshiva, mini tiyulim, etc., details of which will be provided upon arrival at the Yeshiva. In the event of special circumstances, the talmid must receive permission from his Ram to leave.
- The learning at the Yeshiva is divided into 3 "zmanim", as follows:
- From Rosh Chodesh Elul until the 11th of Tishrei.
- From Rosh Chodesh Marcheshvan until Rosh Chodesh Nissan.
- From Rosh Chodesh Iyar until Rosh Chodesh Menachem Av.
Students who travel overseas during "bein hazmanim" must remain in the Yeshiva until the last day of studies and return before the beginning of the zman. It is self-evident that there are no other recesses outside of those mentioned above. Thus, no Chanuka, mid-winter breaks are to be expected or condoned.
Talmidim planning summer courses, etc. will have to obtain permission from the Yeshiva well in advance in order to leave early. Please discuss your plans with the Dean of Overseas Students; they may have a bearing on your credits.
We are sure that after spending a short time in the Yeshiva, you will appreciate the value of these rules and realize that their implementation provides talmidim with a richer and more rewarding experience.
The Yeshiva takes pleasure in welcoming you and extends its best wishes for success in your quest for Torah learning.