Our philosophy at Yeshiva Temimei Darech is that sincerity is valued above all – in our relationship with ourselves, with G-d, and with each other. This approach creates a healthy framework that fosters trust and camaraderie.
We are all seeking the same kernel of truth, each in his own unique way. With openness and mutual respect, faculty and students embark on the journey together. The environment is serious yet relaxed, and encourages the development of lasting friendships.
“Before coming to Yeshiva, life was pretty hectic…”
Moshe Eliyahu, 37
Retired US Army Vet
“When I came to Temimei Darech and started learning Torah, that’s really what I was looking for… That’s what was missing in my life.”
Gadol, Jacksonville Fl, 27
Artist, Musician, Truth Seeker
“The great thing about Tzfat is it’s very spiritual. You can feel the energy in the air.”
Post-high School, looking for genuine Jewish experience
“The Yeshiva here emphasized that you should go out and contribute what you have to the world, and positively affect the people around you.”
post-aliyah, seeking a more spiritual approach to life
YTD follows the holistic Chabad approach to Torah study that students find both satisfying and energizing: Classic Talmudic and legal study is integrated with the study of ancient Kabbalah, Chassidic thought, and contemporary mysticism. Students tackle Jewish law with the same vigor with which they embrace spirituality, and apply logical analysis to the study of metaphysics.
Learning Jewish Law must be balanced with its proper spiritual and mystical framework. YTD follows in this revolutionary tradition, providing students with a profound grasp of the secrets of existence understanding that the knowledge of Kabbalah and Chassidic thought is a fundamental requirement that addresses the unique challenges of our generation.
At the end of the day, the ultimate goal is to apply the wisdom we gain in order to improve our lives and those of the people around us.
Maintaining a disciplined schedule is highly stressed in our yeshiva.ﾠ In addition to the actual content of the learning, our students learn to organize and maintain their days and even hours; a skill which impacts the rest of their lives, their future goals and pursuits
learning in tzfat
The first yeshiva that ever existed was in Tsfat! We are taught that Noah’s son Shem, together with his great grandson, Ever, established a yeshiva in a cave in the years after the great flood. While the rest of the world strayed from the path of truth, this cave became the sole destination of all who sought to connect with the One True G-d. All three of our patriarchs, Abraham, Yitzchok, and Yaakov learned in this unique yeshiva. All of them came there to find enlightenment before they began their profound transformation of the world.
This cave is located in the old city of Tsfat and is, in fact, a popular attraction to this very day. Every Jew has a fundamental connection to this Holy city. As modeled by the patriarchs, there is no better place to prepare oneself for his mission in this world.
Living In Tzfat
Situated in the picturesque city of Tzfat, in the Mountains of northern Israel where Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism were first revealed, YTD offers an unmatched atmosphere. Ancient cobblestone paths, stone houses, sweeping views, clear mountain air, and a colony of artists and musicians, set the perfect creative and tranquil tone for spiritual growth and discovery. Students can literally walk in the steps of our sages throughout history in a place where the spirit of our people is tangible.
“Tzfat on a weekday is like the rest of the world on Shabbat.”
-Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson (6th Lubavitcher Rebbe)
Shabbat In Tzfat
Shabbat in Tzfat is a unique spiritual experience. Walking through the Old City, you can feel your soul alight. The sounds of prayer and singing flood the streets, and visitors marvel that Judaism can be so alive and well in the modern world.
Following services at our lively minyan, students enjoy a traditional and festive meal at homes throughout the community. Shabbat in Tzfat is an eye-opening, mind-expanding experience, as people from all walks of life and all over the world celebrate together in harmony.