Yeshivas Hashiveinu was founded as a branch of the famed Diaspora Yeshiva for youths struggling with a wide variety of spiritual challenges. At the helm of Yeshivas Hashiveinu is the esteemed Rosh Yeshivah Harav Shlomo Chanan of Beit Shemesh.
The tragic phenomenon of fringe and dropout youth is one of the central spiritual challenges facing religious Jewry today. With outside influences beckoning, and the lure of the streets and its temptations often too great to bear, it became necessary to found a Yeshiva that would also serve as a home and haven to these struggling adolescents.
Identifying this pressing need of the community, Diaspora Yeshiva appointed Rabbi Chanan, himself a Yeshiva alumnus, to found Yeshivas Hashiveinu.
The Yeshiva, which waves the banner of learning, living, and practicing Torah, invites students to learn Torah in a relaxed, low-pressure environment while simultaneously melding into healthy society, either by studying a vocation, getting a job, or joining a religious army track, etc.
The mashgiach, Harav Hillel Goldstein, a graduate of Yeshivas Hashiveinu, serves as a role model to the boys of one who maintains a rigorous learning schedule while having just recently completed his army service.
Yeshivas Hashiveinu is located on Mount Zion near the Sultan’s Pool, in a quiet, pastoral setting that is conducive to peace of mind and enhances the boys’ learning. The Yeshiva is maintained completely by the students, with regular rotations for cooking, cleaning, and maintenance that spare the Yeshiva the added expense of a hired staff. This system simultaneously fosters the boys’ pride in themselves and their abilities and contributes to the feeling that Yeshivas Hashiveinu is, indeed, their home.
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