Toras Moshe

Yeshiva Toras Moshe

Yeshiva Toras Moshe (commonly: To-Mo) is a yeshiva in Israel for post-high school boys from English-speaking backgrounds (i.e. from overseas). It was created to allow young men to grow in their Judaism and in their Talmudic studies. The mashgiach ruchani is Rabbi Elchonon Meir Fishman, a student of Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe and Rabbi Shlomo Brevda. The staff includes two students of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik: Rabbi Mosheh Twersky (a grandson of Rabbi Soloveitchik), and Rabbi Michel Shurkin.

History

The yeshiva was founded in 1982 by a nephew of the Rav, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman.

Situated in the center of Jerusalem, the yeshiva building was founded by the Dean of Novhardok, Rabbi Ben-Zion Brook. The building survived through a number of wars. The surrounding neighbors use the building for prayer and study.

The yeshiva had its share of problems in the past. Early in its history, the yeshiva had two deans, Rabbi Meiselman and Rabbi Lehrfeld. Due to an operational dispute on whether students should be kept indefinitely or eventually sent on to other institutions, the yeshiva split into the current yeshiva and Yeshiva Bais Yisroel, in Nevei Ya'akov. The yeshiva had one more break-off into the short-lived Yeshivas Lev Avrohom.

The yeshiva had a celebratory 25th anniversary dinner on November 5, 2007 in honor of the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Moshe Meiselman. The ceremony consisted of a short video, encouraging words from Rabbi Matisyohu Salomon, Mashgiach of Beth Medrash Gevoha of Lakewood, performances by Jewish music sensation Yaakov Shwekey, and the ceremonial writing of the first letter of a new sefer torah to be donated in honor of Rabbi Moshe Meiselman. The dinner took place in the Ateres Avraham Hall in Williamsburgh, NY, and included such notable personalities as mashgiach, Rabbi Elchonon Meir Fischman, and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim, Rabbi Doniel Lander. In honor of the Ceremony, Rabbi Meiselman published a commentary on Maimonedes' Mishneh Torah, called Kuntress Tiferes Tzvi.

Studies

Students

All the students are English-speaking. The vast majority come from all parts of Canada and the United States. A minority of the institution consists of students from other countries such as South Africa and England.

Curriculum

The yeshiva is split into two tracks for three years worth of courses, though many stay longer. In addition to having the ability to learn Torah in the yeshiva, after three years the students can apply for a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree. Toras Moshe also offers a graduate program designed for the student who has finished many years of Talmudic study and is preparing for a career in Judaic and/or legal studies.

The yeshiva has an intense schedule. The students study for a mandatory 11 hours daily, which includes Talmud, Mussar, and Halacha. In addition to this most students learn an extended amount of time on their own or with study partners (chavrusas) beyond the required amounts. Several times a week the students hear a lecture, or vaad, from the mashgiach in Mussar or a lecture in Halacha from either Rabbi Meiselman or Rabbi Weiner.

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