About the Yeshiva
Founded in 1977 by Rabbi Rav Tzfaniah Drori, the Kiryat Shemona Hesder Yeshiva is a religious Zionist institution of advanced learning that provides religious soldiers with an opportunity to continue their religious studies while performing military service.
The Yeshiva serves as a community center, with a variety of programs and services, ranging from providing assistance to the poor, elderly, infirm, and those with special needs, to offering educational services to the outlying communities. They also function as a food bank in times of both war and peace and serve as the point people who distribute food to families in bomb shelters. Most importantly, the Yeshiva serves as the first line of defense on the northern border with Lebanon.
The Yeshiva is located in the northern Israeli town of Kiryat Shemona and offers a comprehensive five-year education program with a strong focus on Talmud, Tanach and Jewish philosophy. The program includes two years of army service, and at its completion, students are eligible to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Education.
History of the Yeshiva
On Chol Hamoed Pesach in 1974, there was a deadly terrorist attack on an apartment building in Kiryat Shemona during which 18 citizens were murdered in their own homes. At the time, there were no electronic devices on the border to provide any warnings and the enemy was able to simply cross over, with the intention of killing as many people as possible.
Rabbi Drori, who was sent to Kiryat Shemona in 1968 by Rav Kook to instill Torah in the town (then only a small absorption center on the Lebanese border), realized the need to provide the community with a sense of security. Given the instability and the immense security concerns of the community at large, he approached a number of key people with the idea of establishing a Hesder Yeshiva where soldiers would be able to live and learn while doing military reconnaissance in the streets at night. It was thus that the Yeshiva was born.
The first incoming class of student-soldiers took place in 1977. Thirty-five students were at first housed in temporary accommodations at a local school, which continued until dormitories could be renovated for permanent residence.
Daily studies begins at 6.45 a.m. with Teffilah. Students study Talmud most of the day, either with a partner (chevruta) or via a formal shiur. Other topics subjects at the Yeshiva include, but are not limited to, Emunah (faith), Tanach and Jewish Philosophy.
Beginning at the fourth year and onwards, students have the option of completing their academic studies and receiving a Bachelor’s in Education.
Today, most of the educational staff in the KS schools is composed of Yeshiva graduates and their families. Please contact us if you would like to receive more detailed information regarding our study programs.
The philosophy of the Hesder Yeshiva can be summarized in two words: “Safra veSaifa,” which translated means “with a book and a sword.” Rav Drori believes that by nurturing students and transforming them into Talmidei Chachamim, the Yeshiva can serve Am Yisrael where the need is greatest. The Yeshiva gives students the ability to delve deeply into Jewish life, philosophy, and textual studies, and to apply these Jewish teachings to the world today. Our graduates, who serve in the elite units of the IDF, become individuals who support the mission of Am Yisrael in all aspects, military and civilian alike.