Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi

Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi
Yossi ben Yoezer 32
Katamon, Jerusalem 93301

Type Post-high-school Yeshiva
Established 2004
Staff 20
Number of students 54
Affiliation Centrist Orthodox Judaism
Rashei Yeshiva Rabbi Yehuda Susman and
Rabbi David Ebner
Menahel Rav Benny Pflanzer

Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi (Hebrew: ישיבת ארץ הצבי) is a Modern Orthodox yeshiva, located in the Katamonim neighborhood of Jerusalem, Israel. It was founded in 2004.

Rabbi David Ebner and Rabbi Yehuda Susman serve as the Rashei Yeshiva. Rav Ebner also serves as the Yeshiva's Mashgiach ruchani. The executive staff further consist of the Mankal (Director) of the Yeshiva Rav Benny Pflanzer, the SaMankal (Deputy Director) Rabbi Todd Berman and the associate director Rabbi Yitz Motzen. The Yeshiva's administrator is Mrs Shulamith T. Ebner.


The Yeshiva employs a total of 16 Rabbis, from a range of different backgrounds.

Rabbi Yehuda Susman, Rosh HaYeshiva

- Semicha Rabanut HaRashit L'Yisrael/RIETS, BA Computer Science, Philosophy, Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Dovid Ebner, Rosh Yeshiva & Mashgiach Ruchani

- Semicha RIETS, BA Sociology, MHL, Ph.D. Yeshiva University, ABD in Sociology, Fordam University.

Rabbi Benny Pflanzer, Director & Ra"m

- BSc, Engineering Michlala L'Minhal Yerushalayim, MA equiv. Education Machon Gavoha Merchavim, Yerushayim.

Rabbi Todd (Tuvia) Berman, Associate Director & Ra"m

- Semicha Yeshivat HaMivtar, Yeshivat Har Etzion, B.S. Computer Science Columbia University, Graduate Studies Jewish History, Harvard University

Rabbi Yitz Motzen, Associate Director

- Semicha RIETS, B.A. & M.Ed. Yeshiva University, Kerem B'yavneh

Rabbi Simcha Krauss, Senior Lecturer

- Semicha Yoreh Yoreh and Yadin Yadin from Yeshivas R" Chaim Berlin, BA City College, MA The New School of Social Research.

Rabbi Mordechai Friedman, Ra"m Talmud & Halacha

- Semicha RIETS, BA, MA Medieval Jewish History, Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Aviad Tabory, Ra"m Talmud, Halacha & Machshava

- Semicha Rabanut, BA Herzog College, Yeshivat Or Etzion, Yeshivat Har Etzion

Rabbi Itiel Oron, Ra"m Talmud & Tanach

- Semicha Rabanut HaRashit L'Yisrael B.Ed. & Teacher's Certification Herzog College, Har Etzion

Rabbi Zvi Grumet, Director Tanach Program

- Semicha RIETS, B.A. Brooklyn College, M.A., EdD Yeshiva University

Rabbi Alex Israel, Ram, Tanach and Machshava Programs

- Semicha Yeshivat Har Etzion, BA Computer Studies and Education, London University.

Rabbi Zev Gold, Halacha

- Semicha Rabanut HaRashit L'Yisrael/RIETS, BA Lifshitz, MA (pending) Hebrew U., Yeshivat Birkat Moshe.

Hakham Joseph Harari, Director Sephardic Studies Program

- Yeshivat Har Etzion

Rabbi Prof. Chemia Kleinman, Sho'el U'Meshiv

- Semicha RIETS, Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, PhD Theoretical Physics, NYU.

Prof. Aaron Katchen, Senior Lecturer, Jewish History

- B.A., PhD Harvard.

Rabbi Robert Lederman, Senior Lecturer, Hasidut

- Semicha, Rabbanut LBSc (Hons) Optometry


Student Body

The student body is made up of students from all around the world. The yeshiva currently has students from America, Canada, England, Australia and South Africa. In the past the yeshiva has had students from different European countries such as Sweden, The Netherlands, and Monaco.


Daily Schedule at Yeshivat Eretz Hatzvi

Morning Seder

The student body is divided into a number of different shiurim (class-levels), based on level of proficieny. Each shiur has its own "Ram" (Rabbi). Additionally, Rabbi Simcha Krauss gives a shiur to the higher levels brought together once a week. Classes meet for one hour in the morning, followed by an hour and a half of group study to familiarize students with the sources, followed by another hour Shiur where the Ram goes over the sources in depth.

Afternoon Seder

Afternoon seder has its own set of "Ramim" (Rabbis). There are separate sets of Rabbis for Halacha, Tanakh and Machshava classes, although some of the Rabbis teach in multiple sedarim. Afternoon seder is split into two shiurim by a fifteen-minute break. The two shiurim are selected from a number of options during a shopping period at the beginning of each semester.

Night Seder and Kollel

Part of night seder includes learning with an Israeli chavruta. Students are encouraged to spend the rest of night seder pursuing independent projects in Jewish study by themselves or with other students. The Israelis are members of a kollel who live and learn in Eretz HaTzvi, although they attend university during the day. Night Seder is also supervised by Rabbi Zev Gold and David Gross.

Yeshiva Traditions

Every spring, the school holds a week-long competition between the different shiurim in honor of Purim.

It is tradition for every student to give a brief talk to the entire student body once during the year. These talks are given twice a week, in the morning, so that each student should get a chance to speak at some point during the year.

Additional faculty and Shiurim

Coordinates: 31°45′12.57″N 35°12′22.06″E / 31.7534917°N 35.2061278°E / 31.7534917; 35.2061278

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