Reaching for the Highest Levels of Torah Learning
Drisha opened the doors of its Yeshiva in Rosh Tzurim in August 2018, offering full-time, advanced learning to women. It has created a close community of advanced learners who daven and deepen their dedication to Torah and mitzvot together. The mission of the yeshiva is to enable women to achieve the highest levels of Torah learning by fostering their development as talmidot chakhamot and cultivating intellectual, religious, and personal depth.
The yeshiva’s curriculum focuses on gemara, in which students study classic “sugyot yeshivatiyot” in five sedarim of iyun a week. Additionally, four weekly sedarim of bekiut are spent learning a different part of the same masechet with a chavruta from the advanced learners. Afternoons and evenings feature classes in Tanakh, Halakha, Machshava and Aggada. The weekly shiur klali is often used as an opportunity to hear guest shiurim given by some of Israel’s leading Torah personalities. Several times during the year, afternoons are spent in a Tanakh intensive led by Drisha founder and director Rabbi David Silber. All courses of study include significant periods of independent learning in preparation for shiurim.
Each of the three daily sedarim of learning begins with davening together as a beit midrash (without davar sheb’kdusha). Morning seder is preceded by shacharit, afternoon seder by mincha, and night seder by maariv. Our tefillah is enriched by faculty-lead limmud before shacharit which cultivates mindful and deep engagement in davening.
Shana Alef At Yeshivat Drisha
In our new Shana Alef program, highly motivated, post-high school young women will join the Yeshiva, for a tailor-made one-year program. Quick List of FAQs
Shana Alef students will join the advanced learners of the yeshiva to become an integral part of our beit midrash. They will experience intensive Talmud Torah at the highest level accompanied by meaningful spiritual growth and engagement with the land and people of Israel.
The students who join the one-year program from chutz la-aretz will make up about one third of the Shana Alef group, and will be completely integrated with the Israeli students who make up the majority of the Yeshiva community. North American students will live and learn with their Israeli counterparts in a Hebrew-speaking environment, while being supported by English-speaking staff members.
Students live in comfortable, modern apartments on Kibbutz Rosh Tzurim with kitchens and access to laundry facilities. The Yeshiva provides three meals a day to all students. American and Israeli students live together, forging close, life-long friendships.
Why Yeshivat Drisha?
- We offer a gemara curriculum of five sidrei iyun and four bekiut a week. All classes include seder as well as shiur, where students first prepare the sources b’chavruta in the beit midrash before reviewing and enriching their understanding in class.
- Our leadership and core faculty are women, led by Rosh Yeshiva Hanna Godinger (Dreyfuss), and their deep and ongoing learning is a source of inspiration for all students.
- Each student is personally mentored by Yeshiva staff to cultivate the development of strong skills and deep and nuanced understanding of the materials studied. This caring, pedagogical approach is core to our mission.
- We are a small, intimate Beit Midrash community.
- Though the Yeshiva’s language of instruction is Hebrew, the beit midrash staff includes English-speaking faculty who meet with students, as needed, to support understanding and integration of the material learned in shiur. As such, supplemental review shiurim are provided in English to ensure that nothing gets lost in translation.
- The learning culture of the beit midrash is anchored by young women who have been learning for several years.
For more detailed information about the yeshiva’s curriculum, pedagogy, and approach to learning, please visit our Hebrew webpage.