Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh

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Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh (in hebrew: ישיבת נתיב אריה) is an Orthodox yeshiva located at the Western Wall Plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem. The yeshiva, which has a Religious Zionist ideology, was founded in 2003 by the current rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Aharon Bina. Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl, former chief rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem, is the senior rosh yeshiva. His son Rav Chizkiyahu Nebenzahl the current chief rabbi also serves as a rosh yeshiva.

History[edit]

The yeshiva is named after Rabbi Bina's father, Rabbi Aryeh Bina.[1] The yeshiva occupies a building that formerly housed the yeshiva of Rabbi Shlomo Goren, first head of the Military Rabbinate of the Israel Defense Forces and fourth Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.

The yeshiva opened in September 2003 following a split in the leadership within Yeshivat Hakotel and started with over 200 students. The majority of students are post high school, English-speaking students from the United States, with some students from England and Canada.

Students at the Yeshiva study a curriculum consisting of Talmud, Nach, Halacha, Jewish Philosophy, Zionism, and Chassidut. The Yeshiva prides itself with a high teacher to student ratio, which helps foster lifelong relationships between the students and the Rabbis. To help foster these relationships, the students also have a Shiur every Tuesday night at the house of the many staff members living in the Old City.

Daily Schedule[edit]

The Madrichim (special student counselors) come into the rooms to wake up their students to make it to morning prayers . Morning prayers go from about 8:00-8:45, followed by breakfast. The Yeshiva serves many options of hot breakfast in the mornings, ranging from eggs, to pancakes, and waffles, while having other options such as cereal and bagels.

9:00-11:45- Morning Seder: Students head to their respective Shiur Rabbi’s to start morning learning of Gemara. The Shiur Rabbi’s are Rabbi Korn, Rabbi Shiloni, Rabbi Shragie Bomzer, Rabbi Hirschorn, Rabbi Mays, Rabbi Ben Leybovitch, and Rabbi Eliyahu Tzadok (who’s teaching style reflects learning for Sephardim). From 930-10, they will be taught what told what to get done in their advancement of Gemara for the day, then head upstairs at about 10 oclock to the Bet midrash, and which is vibrant with Gemara learning from all the shiurim, and they will learn whatever needs to be done that day with their pre-set chavrutot. “Morning Seder is the time devoted to chavruta-pairs preparing for the morning shiur. What at first appears an insurmountable hurdle, with time becomes challenging and enjoyable as the student gains proficiency and skills and develops the ability to learn the Gemara on his own.” [2]

At 11:45, the students go back to their shiur rabbanim, where they review the material they learned with their chavrutot. “Some of the shiurim emphasize in-depth analysis of the wording of the text itself, others may spend more time studying many of the commentaries on Shas, while others may focus on covering ground and uncovering the practical halacha derived from the Gemara. The Rebbeim are not only skilled at presenting the shiur and helping the student develop, but they view themselves as mentors helping to guide the student both in learning as well as personal development.”[3] At 1 oclock, the students are treated to a scrumptious dairy lunch.

After lunch, the students go on “afternoon break”. The students are free to take care of whatever they need, go for a workout, and maybe get in a quick nap until 3:15.

3:15 is the start of afternoon seder. At 3:30, students have a wide range of classes and additional opportunities to choose from, topics including Nach, Gemara, Chassidut, Jewish History, Zionism, Halacha and much more. There is also a class every day where Rav Shiloni takes students on small trips around the Old City of Jerusalem, where they get to learn about the historical significance of the many sites there. These classes are until 5 oclock, where at 5 o’clock the students can choose between an opportunity to learn with a private chavruta with either heberew or English speaking kollel rabbis, or they could join the yeshivas very popular Ulpan Program, which offers students the opportunity to learn the Hebrew language.

At 6:00, the students break for afternoon prayer services, followed by a hot meat dinner. After dinner, the students have their dinner break, where they are free to relax until 8:00.

Night Seder- At 8:00, the students come back to Yeshiva to start Night Seder. Night Seder is an open opportunity for the students to expand in whatever knowledge they would like to. Many choose to review what they had done in morning seder; many choose to have personal time with a Rabbi whom they feel close to, where they can speak about growth and development; many of the Sephardic students choose to go into “Sephardi Party”, where they have a personal questions and answers session every night with Rav Darmoni, who is a big Sephardic Rabbinic authority in the Old City. “The well-staffed night seder program provides the students with an opportunity to expand their interests in learning and to interact with the Rebbeim. Many choose to review what they have learned in the morning while others concentrate on completing the Massechet learned or learn other Gemaras. Many choose to avail themselves of an opportunity to become well-versed in other areas such as halacha, parshat shavua, or chassidut.” [4]

Facilities[edit]

Main Building

“The beautiful complex, home to Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, combines historical beauty with advanced modern technology. Its proximity to the site of the Beit HaMikdash is breathtaking as well as inspiring. The students can almost be seen as “guardians of the Mikdash,” a role traditionally assumed by the Leviim.” [5] The biggest focal point of the Yeshiva is the communal Bet Midrash, which is located on the top floor, and overlooks the Kotel. Another focal point of the building is the second floor porch, which stands directly across from the Kotel. Many students use this space as a place to take a nice relaxing break, or to get some nice inspiration from a beautiful view of the Kotel. During warmer weather, the space also is used as a place where many students choose to learn with their Rabbeim, in a nice warm environment, overlooking the spiritual holiness of the Kotel.

Library: In addition to the Beit Midrash itself, the Yeshiva boasts an extensive Torah library on the second floor, which contains many English books on a wide variety of subjects, including books on personal development, growth, and many rabbinical biographies.

Dormitories: The Yeshiva’s dormitories are located on Rechov (street) “Misgav La’Dach”, a few minutes away from the Main Building. A majority of the rooms face the Western Wall, offering a stunning view to its residents. The dormitories accommodate 4-5 students per room, with each room containing ample closet space. Room sizes average 300 square feet. Dormitory counselors (the madrichim) are present within the building as well. These madrichim often build long lasting relationships with the students. Access to the building is via a coded combination lock.

Offices: The Yeshiva’s offices are located in the main building, on the top floor, across from the Beit midrash. The staff, under the direction of Executive Director Uri Kari, works tirelessly to insure that Yeshiva operations run smoothly on a day to day basis. As Rav Bina famously says, “The Yeshiva is here to serve the students, and their needs is our top priority”.

Dining Room: The Yeshiva provides three hot meals seven days a week. The dining room, which also overlooks the Kotel, is open on every day, even on the “off shabbatot” and even during periods like Pesach when the Yeshiva is not in session. Indeed, a highlight of the Pesach recess is the student-run Second Seder in the yeshiva dining room, for those who wish to stay during pesach recess.

Computer Room: Students may make use of the computer room during break times. In addition to giving students access to their email via the internet, the Yeshiva also provides a separate email service for those requiring it.



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Coordinates: 31°46′37″N 35°13′59″E / 31.77686°N 35.23310°E / 31.77686; 35.23310