Ohr Tmimim is a full-time, serious learning program, with dormitory and dining facilities on campus. The student body ranges from 20 to 35 young men, and classes are small with much individual attention. The program has classes at three levels to meet the academic needs of beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Students are also able to avail themselves of the even more advanced classes and learning offered by the larger (150 student) Hebrew-speaking yeshiva program located in the same building.
Our academic program is unique, in its synthesis of classic Jewish texts with the teachings of the Rebbes of Lubavitich, "Chabad Chassidut", which adds a unique, Jewish feeling for learning, as well as joy, clarity and purpose in life to change the world for the better.
Talmud I, II, & III: The backbone of Judaism. In over 25 volumes it reveals, explains and illuminates the eternal laws of the Almighty, and exercises the mind to new depths of understanding. We’ll teach you how to learn, using a systematized method that has brought hundreds to Talmud fluency in a few months.
Jewish Law (Shulchan Auruch) I & II: How to act, speak and live the Jewish way.
Pentateuch with Commentaries: The five books of Moses provide the blueprint for the world and all human conduct. To understand them, it is essential to learn the proper commentaries (Rashi, etc.)
Chabad Chassidic Philosophy l & II: A comprehensive study of the Oneness of G-d and the uniqueness of Jewish identity, explaining how, through the proper understanding and practice of the Torah, each Jew can help fulfill the entire plan of creation and hasten the arrival of the Moshiach.
Sichot of the Rebbe: One half-hour is devoted each day to learning the Torah interpretations of arguably the greatest mind of all time, the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Understand how the Torah, G-d and the Jewish people are One, and how we can perfect the whole world, the Jewish way.
Outreach: Every Friday, you will be free to join the busloads of pupils going to help others put on tefillin, and otherwise encourage their Jewish brothers in the Tel Aviv area. Activities also include Shabbos and holiday programs in nearby kibbutzim and universities, visiting hospitals and more.
7:00 - 7:30 Learning with partners (Chassidut)
7:30 - 8:30 Chassidut in class
8:50 - 10:00 Shacharit prayer
10:15 - 11:00 Breakfast
11:00 - 12:45 Gemora or Rabbinics classes
13:00 - 14:00 Shulchan Aruch (Sun-Wed)
13:00 - 14:00 General Class (Thur)
14:10 - 14:30 Mincha prayer
14:30 - 15:45 Lunch and break
15:45 - 19:00 Learning with partners (or Pentateuch)
19:00 - 19:30 Supper
19:30 - 19:45 Ma'ariv
19:45 - 20:30 Tanya
20:30 - 21:15 Chumash (Sun, Tues)
20:30 - 21:15 Fast Gemora (Mon, Wed)
21:15 - 21:45 Sichot of the Rebbe
21:45 Free Study/Ulpan
This program is subject to change
*Additionally there is a farbrengen (Chassidic Torah gathering with singing and making L'Chaims) every Thursday night beginning 21:30.
Winter Semester: 1st of Cheshvon - 1st of Nisan (mid Oct. - mid Mar.)
Spring Vacation: Month of Nisan (mid Mar. - Mid Apr.)
Summer Semester: 1st of Iyar - 10th of Tishrei (Mid Apr- mid sept.)
Autumn Intersession: 10th of Tishre - 1st of Cheshvon (Sept. - mid Oct.)
Summer Break: 1½ months before the end of the Summer Semester (after 9th of Av) is a 1½ week break.
Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 35, male, Jewish, and have a strong desire to learn. No previous knowledge of Hebrew or Torah is necessary for beginning level. All applicants must be interviewed by Rabbi Bolton or Gafni, and must fill out the accompanying application form. You must also include a personal recommendation from a Chabad representative that knows you well
Tuition: Tuition is $1,000.00 U.S. Dollars per month for twelve months (including the holiday months) including room and meals. This does not include medical insurance, laundry, traveling and other personal expenses. Scholarships and loans are available on a need basis.
College Credits: Ohr Tmimim is an accredited higher educational institution of religious studies at the Israeli Ministries of Education, Religious Affairs, and Absorption. Upon request, students can refer to the Dean of Students of their desired University with a copy of our program catalogue and transcript of courses attended for accreditation.
Room and Board: Students are provided with full, comfortable dormitory facilities, from two to four in a room. Bedding, hot showers, etc. Laundry facilities are also provided. All meals are eaten in the Yeshiva dining room. Three hot, nourishing meals are served every day, seven days a week (including Shabbos).
English Library: Ohr Tmimim boasts of one of the largest, most modern and most complete Torah English collections in Israel. Over 3000 books and as many cassettes, new books are continually being received through a grant from the Hecht family of Chicago.
Medical insurance: Each student must provide medical insurance himself. It is possible to choose from several packages available from the various government affiliated health organizations.
Ohr Tmimim offers a diversified set of study options. Visitors are welcome to come and taste two or three days of our program at no expense and of course, even one Shabbos at Ohr Tmimim is an unforgettable experience. Or you might want to take a break from work or university and learn from anywhere from one month to a full year.
Rabbinic Studies: Those who have shown exceptionally strong commitment, after two years of learning, may be considered for our Rabbinic Studies program; one and one-half years of concentrated, advanced learning in the Shulchan Aruch of Rabbi Yosef Caro culminating with testing and full Rabbinical Certification from Rabbi Yehuda Yuroslovski, Chief Rabbi of Kiriat Malachi .