Frequently Asked Questions

What is the affiliation and hashkafa of the Yeshiva?

Derech HaTalmud aims to provide its students with a high level of learning, instilling in them a love for, and commitment to- Torah, Klal Yisrael, and Eretz Yisrael. The ideal Derech HaTalmud student is a lamdan, yarei shamayim, and ba’al middot. Derech HaTalmud alumni attend the finest yeshivot and universities.  In addition to maintaining their learning, students are encouraged to pursue the next stage in their life in a supportive setting conducive to mitzvot, yirat shamayaim, and ahavat Yisrael.

What kind of relationship do the students have with their rebbeim?

Typically, students and rebbeim share a warm relationship.  The homes of the rebbeim are open to their talmidim at all hours. The students look up to their rebbe as a life coach as well as teacher, and often confide in and consult with him about real life issues and struggles.

What are the shiurim like?

The iyun (in depth) gemara shiurim are taught at an advanced level.  Delivered by Rav Natanel Lauer, the first level shiur is designed to bring the students up to the level where they will be able to understand and appreciate the Rosh Yeshiva’s shiur. Although first level students do not attend Rav Ilson's daily shiur, they do receive a shiur from him once or twice a week, in order to develop a relationship with him and ready them for what is yet to come. The second level shiur, given by the Rosh Yeshiva, emphasizes textual analysis and logical deduction, employing the method which Rav Ilson acquired from his rebbe, Rav Yosef Dov Haleivi Soloveitchik. The shiurim are designed to equip the student with the necessary tools to learn Gemara on his own.

Mussar and Parsha shiurim are taught by the mashgiach, Rav Esrig, Rav Lauer, Rav Pomeranz, and Rav Sprung. A strong emphasis is placed on bein adam l'chaveiro. These shiurim are designed to build the student on the inside into a mature, considerate and responsible ben Torah, who serves as a source of pride to his parents and to his community. 

What's the food like?

Three meals a day are served in the cafeteria. The meals are arranged American style- a milchig breakfast and lunch and a fleishig dinner. Our wholesome food is prepared by our talented chef who is on site and always open to the input of students and staff alike.   Derech HaTalmud appreciates the important role that healthy eating plays in the well being of its students.  For that reason, the menu provides a well balanced diet, replete with whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

How are the dorm rooms?

Each room sleeps three to four students comfortably.  One bathroom and shower is shared by two rooms and each room has one writing table. It is the responsibility of the students to keep their own rooms neat and clean.

Who does the laundry?

The Yeshiva provides the students with coin operated washing machines and dryers. Dry cleaners and cleaning services are also readily available in the area.

What do the guys do when they're not learning?

Derech HaTalmud encourages healthy physical activity and sports to balance out the intellectual rigor of its program.  Extra curricular activities include basketball in a nearby gym, Yeshiva-organized tiyulim, Shabatonim, and a myriad of other activities.  Most students have email, which keeps them connected to their world and occupies a large part of their free time in the morning.

What are the tiyulim like?  Hikes and trips push the students' physical limits, at the same time as they forge bonds with friends, teachers and mentors.  Organized tours introduce students to the breadth and depth of Jewish history and enhance their appreciation of Eretz Yisrael: thus strengthening their Jewish identity and reinforcing their commitment to the Jewish people.

How do I know if Derech HaTalmud is right for me?

If you are interested in becoming an advanced learner and you are ready to invest the effort required, you are right for Derech HaTalmud. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.  In Israel, email Rabbi Natanel Lauer at NLauer@derechhatalmud.net.  In the U.S., email  Rabbi Etan Schnall at eschnall@yu.edu.

How do I apply to Derech HaTalmud?

If you are attending a yeshiva high school, speak to your principal or rebbe and they will guide you through the process.  You can also apply online at DerechHatalmud.org.  If you contact us, we would be more than happy to assist you with the application process.