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Before/After Yeshiva

Visiting Hakotel

Can I visit Hakotel to see if it is appropriate for me?

We encourage and facilitate visits of prospective talmidim and their parents. Amongst other things, these visits include sitting in on classes (mothers too) and open conversations with our talmidim and faculty. We find that visitors gain significantly from these visits.

Can parents visit while their sons learn at Hakotel?

Parents are always welcome at Hakotel. We encourage fathers to come and sit in on classes and learn in the Beit Midrash. We encourage talmidim to spend some time (usually a day or two) with their parents during parent's visit. In particular, we encourage you to join the yeshiva for a Friday night at the Kotel.

Acceptance

What are the criteria for acceptance to Yeshivat Hakotel?

Yeshivat Hakotel is an intensive program that treats talmidim as mature Bnei Torah. It is most appropriate for talmidim interested and ready to:

a) focus on learning for a full day five days a week

b) live as complete Bnei Torah

c) make mature decisions

Because Hakotel takes a limited number of overseas talmidim (to preserve the yeshiva's Israeli character), acceptance is generally very competitive. Spots are offered to those deemed most appropriate.

Do I need to speak Hebrew or be able/want to learn in Hebrew in order to attend Hakotel?

No. Most overseas applicants do not speak Hebrew well. This is why we offer a full array of English shiurim. That having been said, we believe that ideally learning should be done in Hebrew. This is why we encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities (formal and informal) to improve your Hebrew skills to the point where you can learn in Hebrew as well.

Visa Renewal

What happens when my son's visa expires? Do we need to go to the consulate in America?

Hakotel takes the worry and hassle out of this process. All of our students enter Israel on the tourist visas they receive in the airport. We then take care of all paperwork and get the boys' visas extended so as to save our students the time and aggravation and allow them to focus on their studies.

After Yeshiva

What is Hakotel's opinion about attending university in general and secular university in particular?

Our (overseas) rebbeim all attended university. We see university as an essential to both getting a proper job as well as a broad education.

That having been said, continued limmud HaTorah and religious growth are obviously of primary importance. Most of our talmidim (who return to the US) attend YU. That having been said, many attend other (including secular) universities. We believe that these other options are best for many of our talmidim to grow religiously.

Does Hakotel 'push' Shana Bet or staying in Israel/joining the army?

Hakotel does not believe that Shana Bet, staying in Israel, and/or joining the army (or anything not in the Torah) is right for every talmid. That coupled with our belief that part of maturing is making one's own decisions is why we do not push boys to do any of the above. Although most of our talmidim decide to stay for a second year, many do not.

What does Hakotel see its ideal talmid ten years after yeshiva?

We hope that all of our talmidim will continue to live as B'nei Torah who continue to have limmud HaTorah, Eretz Yisrael, and Am Yisrael as central components in their lives and seek to best realize their potential as ovdei Hashem.

Accreditation

Can one receive university credit for the time at Hakotel?

Many universities give credits for study at Hakotel. In addition, Hakotel has official joint programs with Yeshiva University and Landers/Touro College which include 32 credits for the year.