The Yeshivat Hadar Morning Learning Program is an opportunity to anchor your mornings in challenging and engaging Torah study. Be a part of the life of our yeshiva, form connections with our faculty, and help create a community of learners with other students at Yeshivat Hadar.
Accepted participants receive full tuition remission and lunch three days a week in exchange for their commitment.
The Morning Learning Program consists of four sessions per week, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 9:00 AM - 12:45 PM Eastern. Lunch will be provided on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
Yeshivat Hadar operates on terms, or Zmanim, that run throughout the year. Apply to join us for the Morning Learning Program for any or all of these terms this coming fall and/or spring:
|Elul Term / Zman Elul||Sept 7 – 30, 2022|
|Fall Term / Zman Stav||Oct 24 – Dec 16, 2022|
|Winter Term / Zman Horef||Jan 17 – March 24, 2023|
Accepted students receive a full tuition remission.
Morning Learning Program participants are warmly welcomed – but not required – to join for other aspects of yeshiva life, including daily Shaharit and Minhah, along with weekly night seder. There will also be periodic outings and Shabbat activities in which you can participate if you wish.
Beginning this fall, we are excited to offer two morning tracks: Gemara B’Iyyun and Bikkurim:
- Gemara B’Iyyun is designed for students eager and ready to jump into intensive study of Talmud. This track assumes previous experience studying Jewish texts. Participants in this track focus on studying Talmud for four mornings a week, splitting time between shiur and learning/preparation in havruta. Within the Gemara B’Iyyun track, students will be divided into shiurim based on prior knowledge and familiarity with Talmud, to be determined based on the composition of the student body.
- Bikkurim: A Survey of Jewish Text and Practice is a rigorous and varied curriculum, offering access to the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to live a confident Jewish life, informed by learning and practice. Participants in this track will spend their mornings studying sources and attending lectures on Humash, Mishnah, Jewish prayer, and practical Jewish law. This track assumes basic Hebrew reading abilities (the equivalent of one semester of college Hebrew or ulpan, e.g. familiarity with the basics of Hebrew grammar and common vocabulary).
Q: I have extensive experience studying Jewish texts and Talmud. Is this program for me?
A: Yes! Hadar’s morning Gemara B’Iyyun classes are tracked by level. Whether you have been an advanced learner at other US-based institutions or you have studied at yeshivot or midrashot in Israel, Hadar is the place for you! The precise contours of each level will depend on who applies and may vary from term to term. If you have specific questions, please contact us at [email protected].
Q: I am excited to learn Talmud, but I haven’t studied Mishnah in the original before. Is this fellowship for me?
A: Yes! While the Gemara B’Iyyun track requires previous study of Mishnah in the original, the Bikkurim track is a great way to get the critical background you need to be able to begin Talmud study in the future.
Q: I am looking for more than just text skills. How can I make Hadar my religious home?
A: Participants in the Morning Learning Program are warmly encouraged to join in to the religious life of the yeshiva. Whether you attend daily minyan, join us for night seder, or simply continue conversations over lunch with your peers, we hope the yeshiva will be a welcoming and stimulating environment for you. Applicants eager to take on a fuller time commitment to anchor Hadar’s religious life and community should consider applying to be a Beit Midrash Fellow. The fellowship is appropriate for those looking for a more immersive commitment with more intensive formal religious expectations.
Q: Are there Hadar classes I can attend without being a part of either the Beit Midrash Fellowship or the Morning Learning?
A: Yes! We do offer many classes on a part-time basis, both in person and online. Be in touch with Dena Weiss, Rosh Beit Midrash, at [email protected] for more information.
Q: Where do Hadar students live? What do they do for meals?
A: Students in the Morning Learning Program find their own housing for the duration of the program. Hadar can aid students in finding housing by connecting them with housing opportunities. We are happy to provide vegetarian lunch on days when the program is in session. We have some capacity to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, and will do our best to do so.
Q: Can friends and family visit me and sit in on classes while I’m at Hadar?
A: Yes. Hadar is an open place where the vast majority of programs and events are open to the public—and especially to your friends and family. Before inviting someone to a class (or dropping in yourself, if you’re not a student), please obtain the teacher’s permission.
Q: What is Yeshivat Hadar doing to be environmentally friendly?
A: We're glad that you asked. For over a year we have been composting organic materials generated through our programming. Mostly this means any food scraps from meals, but during our higher-volume programs, this also means we compost our paper cups and plates and napkins. We're always looking for more that we can do, and if you have any suggestions please be in touch with us at [email protected].
Q: What is Hadar’s connection to Israel?
A: Hadar’s connection to Israel is strong and long-standing and there are often Israeli full-time students in our beit midrash. We have a full-time staff in Israel along with hundreds of Israeli alumni, many of whom have studied with us in person in New York City, and many of whom have participated in our Elul and Winter programs in Israel. You can learn more about those programs and see more Hebrew-language content here. Our New York-based faculty have logged a lot of time living, learning, and teaching in Israel. You will find a wide range of views and approaches to Israel among the faculty and fellow students. We approach Israel, Zionism, and the return of Jewish sovereignty with deep gratitude to live in this moment and a profound sense of responsibility around the ethics of power. The yeshiva says the prayer for the State of Israel before Musaf on Shabbat as well as Hallel on Yom Ha’atzmaut.
Q: How do I find out more?
A: We are happy to answer any questions—please email us at [email protected].
Q: When are applications due?
A: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with preference to those submitted by April 15. Fill out the application now.
Fill out an application to study at Yeshivat Hadar this fall.