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.

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.” [2] 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.



Bibliography[edit]

  • Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh at the Kotel: In honor of Yitzchak Leib and Ruth Rennert: The overseas program. Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh. 2006.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rav Bina: Inspirations". ravbina.com. 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  2. ^ https://yna.edu/about/

External links[edit]

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