The Chassidc yeshivas require that the student not only learn Jewish law through the Talmud and Code of Jewish Law (shulchan aruch), but also Chassidic philosophy, as introduced to the world by the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Chassidic movement in the 1700's. His teachings were based on Jewish mysticism, which teaches that the deepest aspects of the Jewish soul are connected to the deepest secrets of the Torah, which lead to the heights of G-dliness. The Ba'al Shem Tov had one main student, the Magid of Mezritch, who mentored hundreds of Chassidic masters spreading the Chassidic doctrine all over Eastern Europe and Russia. The user-friendly yeshivas which promulgate their teachings come mostly from Chabad - Lubavitch (this is the intellectual branch of the Chassidic movement), founded by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the "Alter Rebbe," and Breslav (founded by Rebbe Nachman of Breslav).
A Chabad-style yeshiva in Jerusalem, with study of Chabad Chassidic philosophy and other texts, together with Talmud and Jewish law. Located at #28 David Yellin Street in Geula, Website: www.mayanot.edu, or contact Rabbi Reichman at 538-8770.
Yeshivat Lev Yisrael
Located in Beit Shemesh at 16 Revivim St, under the tutelage of Rabbi Chaimowitz, a Belzer chassid, Yeshivat Lev Yisrael offers instruction in the basic tools of learning and of Chassidut, together with intimate guidance in the “Polish” Chassidic tradition. Website levyisrael.com, or call Rabbi Doniel Faber at 999-5406.
Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo
A new yeshiva in the Nachlaot section of Yerushalayim, for both men and women, with separate programs. The yeshiva, inspired by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, strives to be a place of spiritual growth for both men and women, respecting each person's background and individual path. The Yeshiva offers serious exploration of a broad spectrum of Jewish teachings including Gemara, Halacha Kaballa and Chassidut. Contact Rav Shalom Brodt at 622-1456 or by email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in the lovely setting of Gush Etzion (on the way to Hebron), Bat Eyn is a yeshiva in the tradition of the Ba'al Shem Tov for the spiritual searcher. For more information call R' Noson Greenberg at (02) 993-2829, or the yeshiva dining room at (02) 993-3223.
Be'erot Bat Eyn
Also located on the settlement of Bat Eyn, Be’erot is the yeshiva for spiritually searching women who wish to combine their studies with work and connection to the Land of Israel. A conversion program is also available. Call Mrs. Siegelbaum at (02) 993-2642.
Under the tutelage of Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum, a well-known writer and and teacher of Breslav Chassidus, is located in Meah Shearim, at #5 Levi Yitzhak of Berditchev street, phone number (02) 537-0064. Opened only recently, Azamra is a small yeshiva for spiritually oriented students who want to combine studies of Talmud and code of Jewish law with Breslav Chassidus.
Derech HaMelech offers the mature and experienced English-speaking talmid an intensive learning experience, where he can grow into his full potential, in an inspiring atmosphere that stresses diligent Torah study, together with simcha, tefillah and avodas Hashem. Call Rabbi Baruch Gartner at 054-767-3836 or visit the website www.derechhamelech.org for more information.
Reflecting the growing interest in Chassidut and Chassidic lifestyles on the part of women who are returning to their roots, two “mini-yeshivot” for women have recently opened in Jerusalem. They reflect two of the main trends in the Chassidic world. They offer afternoon/evening classes for women who want to work part or fulltime during the day, and take classes later on. Here they are;
Malchus - Center Of Chassidic Learning For Women In Jerusalem
Chabad learning, including Tanya and nigunim (songs), halacha and Tanach. Located in the premises of “Ohr Chaya,” at #12 Yishayahu St, call 052-535-1712 for up to date information.
This mini-yeshiva is still in the process of getting established in the old city. Breslov oriented, for the truth seeking spiritual woman. The focus is on Chassidut through the mind, body, and soul. To find out if there are classes now, email email@example.com and ask for up to date information.