Rav Yehoshua Weitzman, Rosh Yeshivat Ma’alot, is known throughout the Yeshiva world as one of the most charismatic rabbis and dynamic thinkers of today. He is the life and spirit of the Yeshiva, drawing students from far and wide to study under his wings. His scholarly knowledge and warm personality permeate the Yeshiva and uplift all of those around him. Rav Weitzman is also a leader in the broader Israeli society. His advice is sought out by rabbis, educators and community leaders alike.
Yeshivat Ma’alot is nestled in the quiet hillsides of the North, between the ancient city of Tzfat and the coastal city of Nahariya. Here Chazal walked, lived and brought the Torah Sheba’al Peh to life. The pastoral town of Ma’alot, with the clear air of the Galil, provides talmidim with the ideal conditions to immerse themselves in Torah study and personal growth and to walk in the footsteps of Chazal.
Yeshivat Ma’alot believes that Chesed and community involvement play an essential role in the life of the talmid. The Yeshiva offers many different chesed opportunities so that each talmid can find what is right for him. During breaks, students participate in Keren Chesed, the local tzedaka organization, by distributing food and funds to the needy. In addition, many talmidim tutor elementary school boys and form a close bond with them. This gives the talmidim a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.
Panim el Panim
Modern Israeli society must bring its disparate parts closer together to uplift the spirit of the nation. To face this challenge, the Rosh Yeshiva has spearheaded what has become a national movement called “Panim el Panim” (Face to Face).
Every week the student body takes to the streets of the North to speak to Am Yisrael. Talmidim go door to door in order to build relationships, form connections, and bring about unity between individuals. Talmidim also run a weekly booth in the center of town at which they pass out Shabbat candles and help men put on Tefillin.
The Yeshiva students run a “house” called the Bayit HaYehudi . Here the students learn with local high school youth from the area, offer Bar Mitzva classes, and are open to address any question or issue that the local residents might have on Torah or Judaism.