Coming to Eretz Yisroel Guide
What you must ask yourself before you plan to go learn Torah in Eretz Yisroel
Keep in mind – Eretz Yisroel could be the greatest opportunity IN YOUR LIFE to Shteig, become a Talmid Chochom, Yerei Hashem and Baal Middos. When? ONLY, when that’s what YOU really want! If this is not the case, maybe the right time for you come to Eretz Yisroel is not right now, maybe you need to stay and mature first…
This questionnaire is directed to the mature Bochur, to help discover what’s best for him; a survey to discover what one’s interest IN HIS HEART OF HEARTS is.
Before you come to Eretz Yisroel ask yourself:
- What is the purpose of my trip to Eretz Yisroel?
- To develop and become what I really could become in Torah and Avodas Hashem.
- To make my parents happy.
- Because I’m bored where I am (In Yeshiva / In Life).
- Because my “Oilam” is going.
- For Shidduchim.
- To have a good time.
- To start a new page in life, with regard to my Derech Halimud.
- To start a new page in life, with regard to my Chaverim.
- To start a new page in life, with regard to my Ehrenstkeit.
- To start a new page in life, with regard to my family.
- To start a new page in life, with regard to my Yeshiva experience.
- To mature.
- To run away.
- To find a Rebbi.
- To be Meshamesh Talmidei Chachomim and Gedolei Yisroel.
- To be Zoche to grow in Avira D’aroh and Toras Eretz Yisroel.
- To find myself / meaning in life.
- To disconnect from the unending spiritual distractions in Chutz L’aretz.
- To see a new mentality in life/ the world.
- Because I have nothing better to do.
- Based on your answers to 1) you will have a greater clarity on whether you should be coming to Eretz Yisroel at this point or not. You will ask yourself, “Are my reasons to go NOW to Eretz Yisroel for my personal growth and thus going to Eretz Yisroel will likely bring about a positive change, or are my reasons to go NOW to Eretz Yisroel because of external reasons which don’t always bring about true Torah growth?
- Once you have determined that you are coming to Eretz Yisroel with the right intention, you could now try to calculate where you are most likely to Shteig and reach the greatest heights of maximizing your potential.
- Ask yourself: which Yeshiva will most suit my needs with regard to: 1. Level in learning. 2. Rebbeim. 3. Chaverim. 4. Location. 5. Positive or Negative influences. 6. Proper Hashkafa. 7. Dorms. 8. Provision of meals including Shabbos and Yom Tov, Bein Hazmanim.
- Perhaps you’ll grow from a more drastic change, such as going to a Yeshiva entirely new from where you come from: 1. None of your Chaverim learn there. 2. They speak a different language i.e. Yiddish, Hebrew. 3. The location is not in the vicinity of where the rest of the Yeshivos are located. 4. Have fewer distractions to your constant growth. 5. Have more Hadracha from Rebbeim. 6. More Rebbeim per Talmid. (Greater Rebbi/Talmid ratio.) 7. They demand more from you. 8. They demand less from you.
- Choosing the right Shiur, Chabura, Bais Medrash could have the greatest ramifications to your wanted growth.
- Finding the right Chavrusa could be challenging. What needs greatest attention is the level in learning, but clearly the Chavrusa’s commitment is a prerequisite.
- The Dirah that you choose is VITAL for your Hatzlacha. There are many aspects that the Dirah could affect one’s Ruchnius development. 1. The proximity of the Dirah to the Bais Medrash. 2. The proximity that the Dirah is to unwanted demonstrations and negative behavior. 3. The Chavreim in the Dirah is probably the greatest influence to a Bochur’s ongoing commitment and devotion to learning and Ehrenstkeit in Avodas Hashem. 4. Is this a Dirah where its members allow questionable devices i.e. laptops, smartphones (even with filters) etc. etc.? 5. Are the members of this Dirah with the same interests as your own with regard to growth and self-development? 6. Are the members of this Dirah with similar interests as your own with regard to what to do with free time (Bein Hasdorim / Bein Hazemanim)?
- Where does one eat-out on Shabbos and Yom Tov? This seemingly irrelevant question could have long-lasting ramifications. The Shabbos Seuda is a tremendous opportunity for growth or Chas V’shalom the opposite. Life in Eretz Yisroel provides this remarkable possibility, of entering the homes of great people and to learn from their every act and speech. How they relate and interact with their wife and children, how they eat and sing… One could learn from them how to balance the mundane with the lofty. Ze L’umas Ze Oso Elokim, one could pay little attention and “end up” in shameful homes. One could eat a Seuda where the Tznius level of the women is disgraceful, where the topic of conversation at the Shabbos table is a shame, the Kashrus is questionable and where one’s Ruchnius at large is at risk. (No one could ever force you (a Bochur) to eat at a Seuda where according to your judgment may risk your growth and Avodas Hashem).
- It’s highly recommended that every Bochur keep a close Kesher with a Yungerman who he feels is a good Dugma and role-model. Someone who he could confide in and doesn’t have to think a hundred times before asking for an opinion and advice. Many times, the right Yungerman could be more beneficial to one’s Shteiging than a Rebbi, Rav and Chavrusa.
- Finding the right Chaverim is of utmost importance. Within every group; Yeshiva, Chabura, Shiur, Bais Medrash, Dirah there are Bochurim that have a better influence on a person and bring about the better side of a person than others. Knei L’cha Chaver, make an extra effort to cultivate a relationship with the friends that will enable your growth.