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What happened to the Yeshivas Shem v'Aiver?

What happened to the Yeshiva of Shem v'Aiver and all who learnt there?
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What do you do if you made a Tzedaka pledge and now the organization folded?

Recently a friend of mine asked me the following question. He pledged $500- to a Yeshiva, yet before he paid the pledge the Yeshiva closed. Does he still have to pay his pledge to another Tzedaka or ...
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Why don't most American orthodox Jews send their kids to public school?

Given the benefits of a public school education over private day school education, such as $0 tuition and technology and extra curriculars which many schools do not have, why don't most orthodox ...
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What is the hetter for yeshivas to daven a Hoiche Kedusha?

I have seen many Yeshivas (and some not-so-yeshivas [day schools, etc.]) doing a Hoiche Kedusha for Mincha. They had the Chazzan start the first three Brachos of Shemoneh Esrei aloud and say Kedushah,...
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School closing - At what point must the parents be told?

Yeshiva A or Bais Yaakov A has serious financial problems. They are doing all they can to stay viable, however unless a big donor steps forward they will be forced to close. If the school tells the ...
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Why are these tractates, "Yeshivish Mesechtos"?

There is a cycle of tractates in the Talmud that are learned in Yeshiva each year. This is an exclusive list, where only a small number of volumes are covered in the curriculum. There must be some ...
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How does Judaism regard homeschooling?

The title quite says it. I'm specifically more interested in unschooling.... It is said in Ktubot, 50a, that: אמר רב יצחק באושא התקינו שיהא אדם מתגלגל עם בנו עד שתים עשרה שנה מכאן ואילך יורד עמו ...
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What is the halacha regarding the expulsion of a student deemed a "nuisance student"?

Are there Halachic sources regarding the expulsion of a "nuisance student"? Or Halachic sources of not expelling a "nuisance student"? (Is this issue ever addressed as a real halachic issue?) Below ...
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How was the Volozhin Yeshiva special?

The Volozhin Yeshiva is known as the "first yeshiva". What was the system of Torah learning in Europe before Volozhin and in what way did Volozhin change the system?
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Yeshivas of Modern Times

I would say most, if not all yeshivas of today learn in general (and specifically the study of Gemara -- and unfortunately ONLY Gemara with little mussar, little halacha and probably no Tanach) in the ...
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Yeshivat Sheim v'Eiver

Assuming that our patriarchs Abraham Isaac and Jacob spent time learning in the House of Study of Sheim v'Eiver, the descendents of Noach, what were they learning? The seven commandments of the ...
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Why isn't Tanach regularly studied in many Yeshivot?

There is a Tosafot in Sanhedrin 24a that says that by learning Gemara one does not fulfill what the Gemara (Kidushin 30a, Avoda Zara 19a) says: one should split his learning into three --- Mikra, ...
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Is there a U.S. or Canadian yeshiva that offers a Smicha program where the Rosh Kollel can accommodate the deaf?

My son is deaf. I am looking for a Smicha program for him where the Rosh Yeshiva has experience dealing with and accommodating the deaf. My son has a cochlear implant and has SOME hearing, so he does ...
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Why do Yeshivos learn Talmud Bavli so extensively?

Most Yeshivos (from 5th Grade-End of High school) Learn Talmud Bavli. My question is: Why? What is the point of learning Talmud Bavli so extensively? I know that it is Hashem's Word, but there are ...
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What texts are studied in a traditional yeshiva?

Having never gone to a yeshiva, but having interacted with rabbis and laymen who have, I am unclear on which Jewish texts are studied and which are either not, or which are given a more cursory ...
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Which are the "Yeshivish Masechtos"?

Generally speaking there seems to be a list of "Yeshivish Masechtos" (masechtos usually studied in Yeshivot) and specific Perakim which are learnt in Chareidi mainstream Yeshivot. For instance, in ...
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Are there any yeshiva programs (Israel or US) that begin mid-year?

I was raised Reform -- with very light-handed text study and just enough Hebrew to get through my Bar Mitzvah -- and recently had a bit of an epiphany: there's nothing I find more fulfilling than ...
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"Secular" studies in the Rhineland academies of the 11th-13th centuries

This is perhaps a fairly specific question, and I don't know if it belongs here or on the History stack exchange, but I would like to know more about the Rhineland academies that were headed by people ...
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Which 20th-century Rosh Yeshiva studied under the mysterious Monsieur Chouchani?

Monsieur Chouchani was a mysterious figure who travelled around post-World War II and taught several great Jewish thinkers, including Emmanuel Levinas z"l and [yibadel l'chayim] Elie Wiesel. ...
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Sources for Jewish Education system today

The western educational system (to the definition of western that includes Japan) today, especially in the United States, but also in other western industrialized countries is an adaptation of the ...
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What is the Pilpul method of learning?

What is the Pilpul methodology? (Examples demonstrating application of this methodology would be appreciated.) Who utilizes this methodology? (Which yeshivot learn this way?) Where did this ...
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Did Depression-era U.S. high-school boys attend Jewish schools? [closed]

I'm reading Chaim Potok's The Chosen and have come across (in chapter 1) the claim that, during the Great Depression, in Brooklyn, [e]very Orthodox Jew sent his male [high-school-age] children to a ...
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Prerequisites for attending Yeshiva as a middle aged Baal Teshuva

What are the prerquisites for attending yeshiva for the first time as a middle aged man without a strong background in Yiddishkeit? The yeshiva graduates I've meet seem very intelligent, does one need ...
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English-speaking yeshivoth for beginners

Can someone recommend a postsecondary yeshiva for English-speaking beginners in the US, Europe or Israel? By "beginners" I mean people without good skills in gemara. For example, I studied Jewish law ...
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Is there a Coursera for learning Halacha and Gemara?

I am a Baal Tshuva and I never had a proper Jewish education. I have come a long way but I am still unable to learn independently (directly from early text). I've been considering some online courses ...
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Teaching a child where his dayschool/yeshiva differs

Preface: This is not currently a practical issue, although since it is not so much about the halachic aspects, answers here would not be responses to a request for p'sak. I follow Minhag ...
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Theological Justification for Discrimination against Sephardim?

There have been numerous cases of Ashkenazi Haredi schools in Israel discriminating against Sephardim. I am personally very disturbed by what I consider to be a great chillul Hashem, and I find such ...
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Does an Orthodox rabbi have to have semicha?

I have heard that in the Orthodox world rabbis that teach are referred to as "Rabbi" even though they might not have semicha. Even several roshei yeshivah might not have semicha. can this be true?
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Help identifying yeshivot for baalei teshuva (men)

Someone reached out to me recently to ask about what options are available as far as BT yeshivot in Israel these days. He has a few years of Conservative synagogue Hebrew school that basically gave ...
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On what halachic premise can Yeshivot claim talmidim's belonging's hefker for bein hazmanim?

I went to Yeshiva in Israel, and the Yeshiva told us that whatever was left behind (even things with simanim) during bein hazmanim would be hefker? On what basis can the yeshiva do this?
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How and when did the word "Kollel" come to mean "an institution for paying scholars to study Torah"?

How and when did the word "Kollel" come to mean "an institution for paying scholars to study Torah"? If I'm not mistaken, the Hebrew word "kollel" means "includes." But today we've all heard of the ...
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Why don't more orthodox Jews homeschool?

Given the significant cost of Jewish day-school tuition (at least in the US) and the negative experience that some students have in those day schools (I'm speaking from my own experience as well as ...
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What is a "Fa-rer"?

Please excuse my somewhat weak "yeshivish". For me, this is a "new" language that seems to be the current Orthodox "parlance", and I'm not that familiar with much of its terminology. A woman in my ...
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When did the custom of Be'in HaZemanim begin in the yeshivah world?

In the yeshivah world, it is common custom (across all 'edot) to observe a vacation period surrounding certain holidays (e.g. Pessah) called Be'in HaZemanim. When was this custom adopted and under ...
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List of acceptable literature for religious schools

A while back I came across an article about an organization that compiled a list of acceptable literature (I believe fiction titles) for Jewish religious schools. Does anyone know where I can find ...
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Tuition obligation during corona crisis

Is one obligated to continue to pay tuition to a Jewish day school when it closes due to an unforeseen/unforeseeable situation, such as the current coronavirus pandemic? (Assume a standard school ...
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"Cheating" on a test

Here's the case: It is possible to acquire a test given by a teacher the previous year. Said teacher gave the test back to the students, and a student passed it along to someone in the year below. It ...
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Learning Kabbalah & Yeshiva World

What are the principles for learning kabbalah in Ashkenaz Yeshiva world (Litvish/Yeshivish, non-hasidim)? I understand that Yeshiva bochurim do not learn kabbalah: in Yeshiva they concentrate solely ...
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Derech Halimud of Yeshivas in Istanbul, Salonika and other Sephardic Countries

In classic mainstream Ashkenazi European Yeshivas such as the Mir, Telz, Kletzk or Kaminetz, each yeshiva had their own particular style. The Mir and Kaminetz were heavily influenced by the Brisker ...
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What is the origin of the title "rebbe"?

The title "rebbe" (as opposed to "rabbi") is often given to leaders of hasidic groups. It is also often used by both hasidim and non-hasidim to refer to one's personal teacher. What is the origin of ...
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Is cheating in a test an Averah?

I'm a student and I recently asked myself if cheating in a test is an Averah. I've always believed it obviously is, but after thinking it through I can't think of a specific Averah that would include ...
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What's up with the Chafetz Chaim yeshiva guys?

I know they learn a lot slower, dress a little flashier, and learn more mussar than in most mainstream yeshivos, but can someone specify exactly what is the philosophy of the Chafetz Chaim yeshiva ...
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Can a yeshiva principal force students to tattle on other students

In a certain yeshiva the menahel was threatening bochurim to tell on other bochurim about who damaged something in the yeshiva. Is it against the laws of Loshon hora to tell? What about in other ...
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Part time yeshiva in New York

Are there any yeshivas in New York wich I could go and get a semicha while going to university?
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Online glossary of Yiddish terms commonly used in shiur

A while ago, I saw a one-page glossary of colloquial Yiddish terms that are commonly used in shiur (daily lecture in yeshiva). It looked like it had been photocopied more than a few times, so I think ...
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What is the Yeshiva Shel Maala?

What is the "yeshiva shel maala" (literally yeshiva on high) that is found a number of times in Chazal's writings (ex. "whoever teaches his fellow's son Torah merits and sits in the yeshiva on High" - ...
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Going to a Shiur without paying tuition

There are certain colleges out there that have a Torah learning component to them. For example: Gemara morning Seder 10am - 1pm, then Shiur is 1-2:30, then college classes. In a case where one isn't ...
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Teachings of Chabad (Lubavitch) - controversial or not?

I have been reading about Chabad Lubavitch and, since I have started to be in contact with a local group, I am in doubt about the Chabad messianism (belief of some adherents about the last Rebbe). ...
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Seeking conversion programmes in Israel for women

EDIT: Wow, it has been a while since I created this post on here! Since I created this post, four years have passed and I am now 22 years old and am in my third year of university. I changed ...
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Using Torah as a punishment

I remember hearing or seeing somewhere that a Rebbi who uses the Torah for a punsihment can make a student hate Torah. For example,a boy speaks in class ,then the Rebbi makes the boy write over a ...
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