Yeshivat Otniel - Yeshivat Beit Va'ad L'Torah, located in the community of Otniel amid the Hebron hills, was established in 1987. Since it's inception, the yeshiva has striven to be a place where the heart and intellect converge; where each student can fully express his personality; where the pleasure of discovery, creativity, and the joy of serving G-d flow from the pages of the Gemara.
It is our belief that the next generation of Jewish leaders must be deep and multifaceted individuals. In light of this, we have designed a curriculum which strives to intensify and expand Torah studies, while developing independent thought. We encourage our students to immerse themselves in all areas of Jewish thought, from Gemara and Halacha to Tanach and Midrash, as well as philosophy, Hassidut, and Kabbalah.
We empower our students to go beyond the written text to attain an understanding of its background, and to consider its implications. Thus, a broader understanding of Halacha is achieved, while detecting nuances within the text which reveal its deeper meaning.
Over the years, Yeshivat Otniel has developed into an active and vibrant center for students and rabbis from all over the world. There are currently hundreds of students learning in our yeshiva, and the sounds of Torah study can continuously be heard resonating throughout the beit midrash day and night.
Students can express themselves through the arts and participate in various extracurricular workshops, such as creative writing, music, literature and painting. Our top students are encouraged to participate in an intensive course of study which ultimately prepares them for the rabbinate. Many of our students enroll in the Herzog College program so that they can earn a Bachelors degree in Education while studying at Otniel. Otniel alumni work in a diverse range of professions and live throughout Israel.
As a hesder yeshiva, we see service to the country as a holy endeavor, and our students serve in all fields of the Israel Defense Forces.
The challenges currently facing the Jewish nation are great. We are confronted with the tasks of bridging the deep chasms within Israeli society, of facing those who deny our legitimacy as a nation, of defending basic human rights and social justice - in sum - perfecting the world in the sovereignty of the Almighty.
We believe that dealing with these challenges requires knowledge of Torah which can only come as a result of years of intense study and Avodat Hashem, along with humble faith in G-d's assistance.
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