The Ramat Hasharon Hesder Yeshiva is something new and vibrant on the yeshiva scene and for the Jewish nation in general. There is an atmosphere of love and connection to the Jewish nation, to the Torah and to all that is related to them. As Hillel said: “Love others and bring them closer to the Torah.” First of all, you must love the people, and if you do, the connection to Torah will follow on its own. Without love, it won’t work.
I started learning at the Yeshiva as a single person and after I got married, I built my home here in Ramat Hasharon. The choice to live in the city was not only because of the Yeshiva, but rather the desire to step out of the Yeshiva and face the community. The Yeshiva taught me to build my home based on values of love for your fellow Jew, and when you live in the city, you find genuine, true ways to do this. I feel this personally and with my family.
During my military service, I felt that without the Yeshiva, I wouldn’t have had the strength to manage the way I did in the army. The Yeshiva supported me and I felt that the Yeshiva was the one sending me to the army. The connection between the army and the Yeshiva contributed to this sense of harmony.
Coordinator of the Bar Mitzva Program
I came to the Yeshiva as a young 18-year-old after high school. I was looking for a place that combines Torah learning with serving God in a meaningful way. I also wanted a place that lifts up a person’s spirit – because it was clear to me that Torah study needs to impact the soul and make a person happy. When I came here, I found exactly what I was looking for. I have been here for eight years already (two of which were dedicated to IDF service), and I’ve found my place. A combination of Torah with the human soul. Another very important aspect here is the love and friendships that don’t exist anywhere else. People here really feel like family.
The Yeshiva is dedicated to being located in Ramat Hasharon, out of a desire to connect to the Jewish people. To the roots. Ramat Hasharon is considered a secular city and the Torah study that takes place at the Yeshiva, learning that is connected to all of the Jewish people – there’s no “private” Torah learning here – is very appropriate.
I grew up in Petach Tikva and studied at a yeshiva high school in Susya. Afterward, I studied at the yeshiva in Eli, during which I also did a year and four months of military service. After a few more years at the yeshiva in Eli, during which I got married and had three daughters, I moved with my family to Ramat Hasharon and entered the Yeshiva here. We understood that here we had found something unique that doesn’t exist anywhere else. At the Yeshiva, there is a unique combination of serious, uncompromising study with happiness and spirituality. At the Judges Kollel where I study, the objective is to raise Torah scholars who are capable of deciding rulings according to Jewish law, the Talmud and the commentaries, while possessing a genuine spirit of greatness that can contribute to the Jewish nation on all levels.
The Yeshiva and the students have initiated several programs that express the desire for community involvement, especially in honor of the Jewish holidays. Simchat Torah, Rosh Hashana and more. All year round, Bar Mitzva celebrations are held here by the local residents, and of course, the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Reuven Sason, never ceases to infuse his great spirit into the Yeshiva.
Eight years ago, I came here for the first time after a friend coincidentally told me about the Yeshiva and offered that I come to see it. You can say that the place itself took me it. The people, the atmosphere, the staff. I studied at the Yeshiva for six years and then served in the Home Front Command for two years. Serving in the army was the obvious choice. Rabbi Akiva’s students also fought alongside Bar Kochba. That’s the way it should be.
At the Yeshiva, the group is happy, caring and cohesive. The Yeshiva combines holiness with big dreams, and the things that the Yeshiva does fulfill these dreams. The staff of the Yeshiva are rare people. The heads of the Yeshiva are like no other people I have ever met anywhere else.
The Yeshiva is a center of goodness in Ramat Hasharon, and its role is to add goodness to this city.
I live in Maalot, up north. I studied at the yeshiva high school in Hispin and came here after searching for a place that encapsulates two worlds – study and the soul.
Here at the Yeshiva, I found great Torah scholars, both in the regular books of the Torah and in the Kabbalah. Aside from this, the Yeshiva is a place where study of the soul is something deep and important. Every person is given a lot of space for personal development. This is very important to me and I found it here in such a profound way.
At the Yeshiva, the atmosphere is pleasant and facilitates finding your individual place in the Torah. There’s nothing greater than that. I was at a few other yeshivot while searching for the right one, and they were all good places, but I felt that my soul wasn’t happy there. I felt a sense of underlying competition that I thought would be unhealthy for me. Here, the atmosphere is entirely different. The soul expands and grows, and I feel that I am growing more and more every day.