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Passion for Torah Through Serious Study Torah is all about PASSION. Some people find their passion in GEMARA, while many find their passion in disciplines like TANACH, HALACHA and MACHSHAVA (Jewish Philosophy). To help you find your passion, we offer a diversified array of courses in a broad curriculum of Torah disciplines. With a textual emphasis focused on developing independent learning skills, shiurim do not only impart the subject matter, they give you the tools with which to follow your passion throughout your life.






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OUR COMMITMENT IS LONG TERM Eretz HaTzvi is not just a life-changing gap year program, but a yeshiva that creates a close, warm and caring relationship continuing long after your year in Israel.


We are committed to our alumni. No other yeshiva visits as many campuses as Eretz HaTzvi. On average we visit alumni on 15-20 campuses worldwide annually.


We are invested in you. It’s that simple. Only Eretz HaTzvi sponsors alumni for up to $1000 towards airfare to return to the yeshiva at any time while in university to re-immerse themselves in a two-week learning program.


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Eretz HaTzvi’s renowned college prep curriculum is designed and led by our faculty who are former campus rabbis and have first-hand experience with the issues confronting alumni and with grooming campus leaders. Topics range from: Halachic attitudes towards the LGBT community to how to grow religiously on campus. From dealing with BDS to how to be a gabbai and how to know whose kitchen I can eat in – and everything in between. Different students choose different universities. Special units are designed for students who will be attending campuses with both larger and smaller Orthodox populations, British and Commonwealth universities and Yeshiva University. Wherever you go, you will be prepared for what you will face after yeshiva!


College Prep and Leadership – Universities are filled with opportunities and challenges.

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Magen David Adom – Eretz HaTzvi offers an accredited (and significantly subsidized)













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for Public Affairs Leadership Program in Israel-Arab studies. This Prime Minister’s Office award-winning program consists of research, lectures, field trips and shabbatonim. Students in the program meet with government officials, see a checkpoint up-close, meet representatives and activists spanning the political spectrum from Palestinian students at Bir Zeit University to residents of outposts in Yehuda v’Shomron.

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Israel Advocacy – We are the only yeshiva that offers the unique Jerusalem Center


MDA training course. Graduates volunteer as full members of Magen David Adom ambulance teams. Besides gaining first-aid knowledge that can make the difference between life and death, you will be integrated into Israeli teams and experience Israel from within. Those who successfully pass the course will have the opportunity to join shifts on the ambulance with Rav Benny, Director of Eretz HaTzvi and ambulance driver for MDA.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS SAMPLE COURSES OFFERED: Afternoon study is divided into two periods of three or four electives. These shiurim are devoted to Halacha, Tanach and Machshava. Some shiurim are offered in Hebrew.

Sefer Bereishit

Man of Faith in the Modern World

Why did God create the world? What does it mean

Students will read classic works (books, essays and

to be a human? Does God care about everyone, or just

speeches) of Rav Soloveitchik, Rav Kook, and Rav

the Jews? This course examines the first half of Sefer

Aharon Lichtenstein, allowing them to be challenged by

Bereishit with great attention to detail and the underlying

their ideas and to think about their own personal ideology.

themes. Students will emerge with an entirely new

We will cover many key topics that challenge us as

way to learn Tanach.

committed Jews in the Modern World.

The Siddur: Analysis of its Development, History and Prayers The course is an inter-disciplinary study of the rich history, content and development of our Siddur. Students will survey the origins of the Siddur, its many variations and nusscha’ot, its evolution and the influence of major events of Jewish History on its contents. They will trace issues

Social Justice, Social Responsibility and Social Change What does the Torah have to say about Social Justice? Social Responsibility? Sustainability and Environmentalism? Does Orthodoxy value and promote Tikkun Olam? This class will combine the study of

current social issues in Israel and abroad through

of Jewish Philosophy, Halacha and Kabbalah within the

classic and modern Jewish sources. Topics will include:

Siddur, and will carefully analyze the origin of the Tefillot

immigration, gun control, refugees, healthcare, poverty,

that are based on, and copied from, the Tanach.

egalitarianism, minority rights, racism, disabilities, prison reform, cruelty to animals, abuse, ethical Kashrut, indiscriminate warfare, torture and the environment.

Hilchot Medina This course explores the Halachic response to issues that have risen since the establishment of the State of Israel, including a section focusing on “Hilchot Tzahal” (IDF).Topics include: Jewish government, morality of warfare, collective punishment, the releasing of terrorists in prisoner exchanges, burial of gentiles in Jewish cemeteries and conversion controversies.


Machshevet Yisrael: Introduction to Jewish Philosophy from Tanach, Chazal and the Great Medieval Philosophers. Topics covered include: the nature of God, God’s relationship to the world (Providence), the nature of faith, the human personality and soul, Torah min hashamayim, human autonomy, prayer, and ta’amei hamitzvot. This is an advanced reading/writing/discussion seminar. Students are required to read material in preparation for each class and hand in a one-page essay about a topic discussed in the reading.


START THE DAY with basic theological and philosophical issues in the 9:00am shiur. Issues covered include:

Torat Chayim Tuesdays Our brand-new two-part Tuesday afternoon program helps bring Torah to YOUR LIFE

Section 1 – Choose From: • Intensive Mashgiach Kashrut Training

• Our role and responsibility towards other Jews

• Jerusalem U Israel Advocacy

• Are we a separatist religion?

• Tiyulim in Yerushalayim

• Are Judaism and Halacha compatible with

• Special Project Based Learning

Democracy and democratic values? • Judaism and Post-Modernity • What is Modern Orthodoxy?

• Pre-army training • Social Justice Volunteering •

Section 2 – Chessed - options include:

How does it differ from Conservative

• Big Brother program for children at risk

Judaism and Chareidi Orthodoxy?

• Music program at Senior care facility

• Theodicy and dealing with the Holocaust

• Support for elderly and their pets

• Tefillah

• Sports program with at-risk youth

• Reasons for Mitzvot • Written and Oral Torah • Modern Biblical Criticism

Central Bus Station 20 Min Express Bus Ride

• Senior Citizen Friendship program • Lone Soldier Center


Machane Yehuda 30 Min Bus Ride Ben Yehuda 25 Min Bus Ride

Eretz HaTzvi is located in a beautiful campus in the heart of Jerusalem within walking distance to both the Old City and modern

Old City and Mamilla 45 Min Walk 20 Min Bus Ride

attractions such as Emek Refaim, Malha Mall, and the newly renovated and expanded Hadar Mall.

• Jerusalem Green Foundation environmental program

• Hashgacha: How does God relate to me and my life? • Jewish attitudes towards sexuality • Are there multiple Halachic truths? • Obedience and Freedom YESHIVAT ERETZ HATZVI

• Why believe in God? • Science vs. Religion


Malha Mall 10 Min Bus Ride 20 Min Walk

Emek Refaim 10-15 Min Walk

Talpiot 5 Min Walk Shopping and Entertainment




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Shacharit and Breakfast

9.00 - 10.00

Foundations: Halacha and Machshava

10.00- 12.45

Gemara Chavruta and Shiur

12.45 - 14.15

Lunch and Afternoon Break

14.15 - 15.10

Elective shiurim in Tanach, Machshava and Halacha

Torat Chayim

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15.15 15.30 - 17.30


FRIDAY Shacharit

Student Dvar Torah Series

Breakfast Elective shiurim in Tanach, Machshava and Halacha

Mincha Elective shiurim in Tanach, Machshava and Halacha

Torat Chayim

17.30 - 19.30

Dinner and Break



19.45 - 20.15

Bekiyut Tracks:

20.15 - 22.00

Sephardic Halacha, Chassidut, Questions of

Night Seder:

Elective shiurim in Tanach, Machshava and Halacha

Mishna, Gemara, Halacha , Machshava Beit Midrash Learning / Elective Chugim (see below) Faith, Zionism, Tefillah, Maharal, Jewish Thinkers of the 20th Century (may vary)



Greater US 31%

US NY / NJ 31%

Canada 4%

England 14%

Europe 3%

South Africa 7%

Australia 10%

Our student community is incredibly diverse. Fully a third of our student body hails from England, Australia, South Africa and Continental Europe. Half of our North American students come from outside the New York area. You will be able to create life-long friendships with students from around the globe.




Proudly Modern Orthodox

Our faculty consists of experienced educators with extensive educational backgrounds both in top yeshivot and secular universities. They are uniquely qualified to guide students in grappling with the issues that face a Torah Jew in the modern world. We aren’t afraid to tackle controversial subjects directly. Throughout the year the yeshiva features seminars incorporating panel discussions to which we invite knowledgeable guest speakers - male and female - to deal with the issues of the day. Topics covered include the changing role of women in the Torah world, non-Orthodoxy, medical ethics, business ethics, sexual ethics,


the interface of arts and literature with Torah, etc.

Eretz HaTzvi is a proud Zionist yeshiva which celebrates the Divine gift of Medinat Yisrael and bestows a love of Eretz Yisrael. We are proud of our alumni who have chosen to make aliyah and serve in the IDF. The overwhelming majority of our faculty are veterans of the IDF and their children continue to serve. Yom Ha’atzma’ut and Yom Yerushalayim celebrations as well as regular tefillot for the Medina and IDF are matters of course. Ulpan is offered as well as shiur and chavruta options b’ivrit. You willfeel part of Israeli society. To that end we have set up an extensive chessed program within the yeshiva’s neighborhood. Volunteer options include running a sports program in a children’s shelter, performing music in an old age home, helping in the absorption of young immigrants from Third World countries, working with the Big Brother program and more. Meetings with Supreme Court justices and Members of Knesset highlight our commitment to exposing our students to the challenge of viewing a Jewish State through a Torah prism.



Developing Relationships Through Individual Attention

Small shiurim. Gemara classes average 10-15 students.

Weekly Va’ad: informal learning and shmoozing at young staff members’ homes.

Every student enjoys a weekly chavruta with a member of our Israeli kollel.

Av and Em Bayit live in the dormitory and add a feeling of home.

Most of the staff lives on campus or within easy walking distance of the yeshiva.

Every student enjoys a weekly chavruta with one of the rebbeim.

A madrich (counselor) on every floor of the dormitory. High ratio of full time faculty.


Exciting Tiyulim, Shabbatonim and Yemei Iyun - 5778 SEPTEMBER 2

Shabbat Yeshiva; Friday night at the Kotel


TIYUL: Wadi Qelt


TIYUL: Selichot Tour

OCT 16 – OCT 18

TIYUL: Yam l’Yam – From the Mediterranean to the Kinneret


TIYUL: Chevron and Gush Etzion


Shabbat at the homes of the Rabbis


TIYUL: Ir David


TIYUL: Southern Wall Excavations


Chanukah Mesiba at homes of the Rabbis


YOM IYUN: The Interface of Torah and the World


TIYUL: Yad Vashem


Community Shabbaton


TIYUL: Eilat


Shabbat Yeshiva


TIYUL: Hike with the new Southern Hemisphere students


Bring Seudat Purim of Burger’s Bar to Army Base


All night mishmar at the Kotel


Trip to Poland (optional)


Yom Hashoa: Special Programming


YOM IYUN: The Religious Zionist/Chareidi Divide


TIYUL: Museum Day - 1948 Retrsopective


Tzfat Shabbaton

APRIL 18-19

Multidimensional Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzma’ut Program


YOM IYUN: The Evolving Role of Women in Halacha

MAY 13

Yom Yerushalayim TIYUL: In the Footsteps of the Paratroopers

MAY 27

End of Year Tiyul: Chessed and Fun!



When is the Building open? Building remains open on all shabbatot and vacations throughout the year

Does the Yeshiva go to Poland? Eretz HaTzvi organizes, for an additional fee, a mission to Poland. This optional program focuses on the Shoah and on Jewish life in Europe. Students are accompanied by faculty members and experienced guides.

What happens on Shabbatot and Chagim? What happens when it is an “out” Shabbat? Our dormitory is open throughout the yeshiva year. On the average of once every three weeks the Yeshiva runs a full Shabbat program on campus. Students are in the Yeshiva for the following Yamim Tovim: Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah and Shavuot. Students may spend Shabbat with family or friends on an “out” Shabbat. For those students interested, the Yeshiva helps arrange for hospitality in the Rebbeim’s homes or in communities throughout Israel. The Yeshiva helps organize neighborhood hospitality for students who choose to remain on campus for an “out” Shabbat.


How would you describe the campus? The dormitory consists of apartments that are divided into 3 or 4 room suites with 2-3 students per room. Each apartment is equipped with bathrooms, showers, and a kitchenette. There is a fitness room, student lounge, ping pong table and basketball hoop on campus. Sports fields, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts are all nearby. We rent a gym weekly for the exclusive use of our students.

How many meals do the students receive each day? (And honestly, how is the food?)

Do you have a laundry service? The Yeshiva arranges for a reasonably priced laundry and dry cleaning service. The service includes pickup and delivery directly from the yeshiva.

Three balanced meals are served every day. Our caterer is known as the best in the business. In addition, microwaves, sandwich machines and refrigerators are available for student use in the dining hall.

What are the security arrangements at the Yeshiva? The well being of our students is our greatest priority and responsibility. Our secure campus is monitored 24 hours a day via closed circuit cameras and can be accessed with key cards and codes only. In his role as an ambulance driver and IDF reserve commander, our Educational Director, Rav Benny, is in regular contact with the Home Front Command, allowing us to make informed decisions to provide for the safety of our students.

Do you provide internet for your students? Are students allowed to bring laptops, tablets, etc...? Computers with internet are provided by the Yeshiva for student use. WiFi is also provided for those students who want to bring personal laptops as well. Access to the internet is available at set times throughout the day.

How will my Hebrew improve? The best way to learn a language is to use it. We offer an ulpan in Elul Zman. Some of the afternoon electives are in Hebrew. Chavrutot with the faculty (Rabbis and Kollel) can be in Hebrew as well.

What is the dress code at Eretz HaTzvi? • Proper shoes or sandals • Shirts with collars • Slacks or jeans



Rabbi Todd (Tuvia) Berman | Director of Institutional Advancement & Ra”m Rav Berman received semicha from Yeshivat Hamivtar, has a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia, and took Graduate Studies in Jewish History at Harvard. He founded the Jewish Learning Initiative (JLI) at Brandeis. Previously, he was a Ra”m and Rav of the dormitory at Midreshet Lindenbaum. Rav Berman is very active on our Facebook page, posting articles and leading discussions of intellectual and contemporary interest.

Rabbi Yehuda Susman | Rosh HaYeshiva

Rabbi Yitz Motzen | Director of Admissions and Mashpia Ruchani

Rav Susman spent the first twelve years of his post high school education studying at Yeshivat

Rav Yitz has been involved with informal education for two decades. He has worked for Upstate NY

Har Etzion, serving in the IDF tank corps, earning a BA in Computer Science and Philosophy

NCSY, Zionist Seminars in South Africa, Head Dorm Counselor at YU, Netivot Kollel in Australia, and

from YU and receiving his semicha from both YU and the Rabbanut. He later added an MA in

interned in SAR Academy. Aside from continuing as Director of Admissions, he has recently been

Talmud from Bar Ilan. He was the Rosh Kollel Torah MiTzion in Chicago where he was active

appointed Mashpia Ruchani, allowing him to give extra attention to each individual student as well as

in the formation of Beit Midrash programs on the University of Chicago and Northwestern

give inspirational sichot to the whole yeshiva.

campuses - returning to Israel to devote himself to the establishment of Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi.

Rabbi Dr. David Ebner | Rosh Yeshiva & Mashgiach Ruchani Rav Ebner received his BA, MHL and PhD from YU, his semicha from RIETS and ABD in Sociology from Fordham. He was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and the Assistant Director of the Institute for Jewish Life of the UJC. After aliyah in 1982 he became a Rosh Yeshiva and Mashgiach Ruchani at Yeshivat HaMivtar and served in the IDF. He has written two volumes of poetry and produced CD’s of over 2500 shiurim and sichot.

Rabbi Benny Pflanzer | Educational Director Born in Yerushalayim, Rav Benny left a management position in one of Yerushalayim’s largest construction companies to enter Jewish education. He was in the Kollel in Chicago and has taught at Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Yeshivat Reishit Yerushalayim, and Yeshivat Bnei Akiva in Yerushalayim. He volunteers with Magen David Adom and was awarded a Medal of Honor as a commander in the IDF.


Mrs. Shulamith Teitz Ebner | Administrator A graduate of Barnard College with a degree in literature and creative writing, Mrs. Ebner proceeded to NYU Law School and worked as house counsel for Time-Warner Inc. She changed course and became executive director of the Elizabeth, NJ Jewish community for 12 years until her aliyah in 1996. Today her energy is devoted to Eretz HaTzvi, Torah studies, reading and entertaining students, family and friends.

Michael Rainsbury | Associate Director Michael Rainsbury runs the informal programming in the yeshiva including tiyulim, chessed, yemei iyun and shabbatonim. He has previously served as Educational Director and Mazkir (National Head) of Bnei Akiva UK and a Program Director at World Bnei Akiva. He also guides educational Jewish heritage trips to Poland with JRoots. Michael has a BA Honors in History from Birmingham, an MA in Jewish History from the University of London, and an education degree from LSJS. He and his wife Dana live near the yeshiva.


FACULTY Rabbi Mordechai Friedman | Gemara and Machshava Director of College Preparatory Program Rav Mordy received his BA, MA and semicha from Yeshiva University as well as teacher certification from Machon Herzog. His 4-year experience as the JLIC rabbi at the University of Pennsylvania inspired him to become an expert in preparing students for the college experience. Rav Mordy also specializes in issues of social justice. He enjoys travel and scuba diving.

Rabbi Dr. Zvi Grumet | Department Head - Tanach Rabbi Dr. Grumet is totally devoted to Tanakh study as evidenced by his recently published book “Moses and the Path to Leadership” (2014) and the forthcoming “From Creation to Covenant” (2016). He is also affiliated with Pardes Institute, Hebrew College (Boston) and The Lookstein Center. Rabbi Grumet plays guitar, composes music and organizes private tiyulim.

Rabbi Alex Israel | Tanach and Machshava Rav Alex teaches at Eretz HaTzvi and Pardes where he is Director of Community Education and the Summer Program. In 2013 he published “I Kings: Torn in Two”. He made aliyah in 1991. He volunteers for Tzohar, bridging gaps between the secular and religious communities in Israel. He enjoys running, music and everything to do with contemporary Israel.

Rabbi Aviad Tabory | Gemara & Department Head - Halacha

Hakham Joseph Harari | Halacha & Department Head Sephardic Studies

Rav Tabory studied in Yeshivat Or Etzion and Har Etzion. He served as Rav Shaliach for Bnei

Hakham Harari is the Department Head for Sephardic Studies. His shiurim are attended and

Akiva in the UK and was the founding rabbi of Kehillat Alei Tzion in London. He was one of

loved by both Sephardim and Ashkenazim alike. A graduate of Yeshivat Har Etzion, he has spent

the founders and Director of Moshava’s Mach Hach Hesder program. He has been Rosh Beit

much of his life active in various Synagogues and educational projects in the Syrian Jewish

Midrash at Camp Stone, Rav on Machal, TVI, and Moshava IO.

communities of Brooklyn and Yerushalayim, including co-founding iLead. He made aliya in 1999, and has been teaching at Eretz Hatzvi since 2005.

Rabbi Dr. Joshua Amaru | Tanach and Machshava Rabbi Amaru is one of the scholars overseeing the translation of the Talmud Bavli for the new Koren/Steinsaltz edition. He recently received a fellowship to write a book about the relationship between halakha and virtue ethics. He spent 10 years studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion and has a BA, MA, and PhD in philosophy from Bar Ilan University.


Rabbi Zev Gold | Tanach and Night Seder Rav Zev began his career in Eretz HaTzvi as a madrich and has taught in various forms since. He is extremely popular, both for his personal warmth, as well as his impressive breadth of knowledge and clarity in shiur. Rav Zev studied in Yeshivat Birkat Moshe, has a BA from Lifshitz, an MA (pending) from Hebrew U and semicha from the Rabbanut.


Rabbi Prof. Chemia Kleinman | Sho’el u’Meshiv Rabbi Prof. Kleinman is the retired chairman of the Physics department at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus and gave shiurim at the Queens Jewish Center for over 40 years. He was born in Poland, survived the Holocaust, and came to the United States in 1947. After learning at Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, he received semicha from RIETS and then received his doctorate in Theoretical Physics from NYU.

Moshe and Moria Gold | Av and Em Bayit Moshe and Moria are the dorm parents of the yeshiva. Moshe has a B.ed and

Chaim Kowalsky | Night Seder Ra”m

M.ed in Tanach from Herzog College, semicha from the Rabbanut, and plays basketball

Chaim was born and raised in Efrat, studied in Yeshivat Maalot and received a BA in Education

pretty well (for an Israeli). Moria is a computer programmer and plays guitar in her spare time.

from Herzog College. His Torah teaching experience includes Rav Steinsaltz’s Yeshiva – Mekor

Their home is always open to welcome students, offering them a warm place to chill,

Chaim and Yeshivat Derech Avot which is part of Ohr Torah Stone. For the past seven years

discuss life, and eat home baked goodies.

Chaim has also been involved with NCSY and the Yachad Summer Programs in Israel. He currently lives in Jerusalem not far from Eretz HaTzvi.

Noam Shalit | Night Seder Coordinator Noam Shalit began as a member of the Kollel and is now the Night Seder Coordinator. He studied in Yeshivat Har Etzion, completed a BA in psychology and Jewish Thought and is pursuing his MA in Psychology. He has spent time in Australia for the Jewish Agency and has worked with The Summit Institute helping Israel’s most disadvantaged youth.

Rabbi Dr. Robert Lederman | Chassidut Rabbi Dr. Lederman works in Jerusalem as a Developmental Optometrist, improving the visual efficiency of his patients. He has been involved in Jewish education for over 30 years, and has taught Sfat Emet, a Chassidic text, at Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi since 2006. Rabbi Lederman received Semicha from Yeshivat Ohr Torah Stone, and from Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg.

Netanel Rapp | Night Seder Ra”m Born and raised just a few blocks from the Yeshiva, Netanel recently returned to the neighborhood after studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion for the past six years. In addition to spending his evenings in the Beit Midrash, he is currently studying Law at Bar-Ilan University and devoting himself to maintaining the Yeshiva gardens. Netanel is happily married to Tali. and the newlyweds live on the Yeshiva campus.


Prof. Aaron Katchen | Jewish History Prof. Katchen’s impressive university background attracts our students to his popular course of “Major Moments in Post-Biblical Jewish History”. His wide-ranging intellectual and academic interests and knowledge enable him to enjoy the culture of Israel more than the average oleh. He takes great pleasure in his children and grandchildren and the thrill of participating in the annual 5-day Alyn Hospital Wheels of Love charity bike ride covering 400 km in the scenic Israeli countryside.

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