Ki Mizion Ma'aleh Sifrita Chava Rav Aviner

Alumni Speak

Nochi Mendel, Lieutenant Colonel, who now serves in an elite combat unit:
What is unique Ateret Yerushalayim is their commitment to building your personality, both communal and individual. My connection with Ha-Rav Aviner is what provided me with the ability to overcome and withstand difficulties, and to fulfill my military duties on the one hand and to continue advancing without going overboard on the other. This connection is what allowed me and the other students to succeed in preserving our fear of G-d and our closeness to Torah, and to know that we are travelling on the correct path.During my time at Ateret Yerushalayim, I lived in a hole in the wall in Sha'ar Ha-Perachim (Flower Gate) I think that this is the first thing that implanted within me the concept of modesty and the simplicity of life. The place where the Yeshiva is located, the way in which the Yeshiva lives, how the Yeshiva eats, instills humility, modesty and simplicity within you as core principles of your being.
The presence of the Yeshiva within the Old City and the "Muslim" Quarter is perhaps one of the one of the greatest educational aspects of Ateret Yerushalayim.

Shaul Goldstein, Head of the Gush Etzion Council:
The Yeshiva gives many things. It greatly strengthened my understanding of why we need to wage war for Eretz Yisrael, why we need to build bridges amongst Israeli of all kinds and why the Torah is important for every part of our lives. The Yeshiva also helped me within my family life.
I became observant at a relatively late age, and I think that the concept of familial relationships within the Torah have greatly enhanced my relationships with my parents, my wife and children.
Ha-Rav Aviner is one of the greatest teachers of the generation in all areas, in particular ideology. I am closely connected to Ha-Rav Aviner and take counsel with him on many matters. Even today as the head of a Council which deals with many non-religious issues, I take counsel with Ha-Rav Aviner. I would not trade the time I spent at Ateret Yerushalayim for anything in the world.
It is unbelievably worthwhile to be there. It would be wonderful if my children followed in my footsteps and learned at Ateret Yerushalayim

Ha-Rav Ayal Krim, Head of Tzahal's Department of Halachah:
One of the many aspects that distinguishes this Yeshiva from others is the fact that there is absolutely no coercion. There are many Yeshivot in the State of Israel which have a "Mashgi'ach Ruchani" (spiritual supervisor or guide). The simple fact that a student can come, sit and learn in a place his heart desires, focusing on a subject his heart desires is one of the most important things, especially for young students who are not always able to get along in a structured class.
One of the most important things that I received during my years at the Yeshiva, mostly from Ha-Rav Aviner, is the concept of truly committing one's time to a task at hand. I remember once that a new class in Halachah began in the Yeshiva. It started with 15 students. Two weeks later it had dwindled down to two students and Ha-Rav Aviner. After another week, there was only one student, Ha-Rav Aviner and the tape recorder. I would sit not far from the place where the class was held, and by doing so, learned a great lesson a Torah class is not cancelled. As long as there was one student, this class was held, week in and week out. His commitment held fast.

Ha-Rav Dr. Yitzchak Krauss, Head of the Midrasha for Women at Bar Ilan University:
Ha-Rav Aviner encouraged us to go out to teach. Not only to receive but to give in many places. Everyone has something to offer in his area. In today's communal leadership, if you do not have long-range vision, it is difficult to survive. This focus of the long-term provides the strength to overcome crises and to advance despite daily difficulties. I think that generations of students truly need to be educated in this way. It is a path not found everywhere, a path personified by the Rosh Ha-Yeshiva, who can be found in the Beit Midrash most hours of the day. To my distress, I was not in the Yeshiva for a long time but I could be sure of Ha-Rav Aviner's place at the modest table on the left side of the main room. We do not often find this constancy of presence; it is the most important part of learning: truly cleaving to a Torah scholar, not only within the framework of Torah classes, but also in life's various aspects: seeing that Torah scholar learn, eat, act, behave, travel, etc.
It does not matter where a person is after leaving Ateret Yerushalayim -- in the army, in the field of Hi-Tech or any place else he brings the Torah he learned in this Yeshiva to the place where he is.

Ha-Rav Shalom Levi, Rav of the city of Keriyat Shemoneh:
The building of a yeshiva student's path, and the building of his spiritual height, exists and comes to fruition in a unique way at Ateret Yerushalayim. To my distress, I do not see this in other holy yeshivot. This causes many failings, since the students' faith, path and spirituality are not formed. 

Ha-Rav Avner Sasar, Assistant Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Ha-Kotel:
Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim is one of the leading yeshivot in raising Torah scholars who are not detached from reality.

Ha-Rav Ilan Tzipporu, Head of the Institution Torah-after-the-Army:
Ateret Yerushalayim is not only a Yeshiva but an educational home which provides us with an overall ideology regarding our role within the Nation of Israel, and the national mission of Religious-Zionism.

Ha-Rav Itamar Cohain, Head of the Pre-Military Academy in Nokdim:
The years I spent in the Yeshiva were the best of my life, years in which I was within the four amot of Torah.

Ha-Rav Baruch Te'eina, Head of Moriah Insititution:
Ha-Rav Aviner is the spiritual force behind Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim. The character of the Beit Midrash and the students who learn there are very important to Jerusalem, Torah and the entire surrounding area. I think it was wonderful Divine Providence that Ha-Rav Aviner with his unique character and radiation connects here and established the center of Torah here in the heart of the Old City community since Jerusalem is built through Torah.

Ha-Rav Elezar Naeh, Rav of Keshet in the Golan:
For me, Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim is first and foremost a place where we learn and grow in Torah. The Torah learning in the Yeshiva is from the Beit Midrash of Ha-Rav [Kook] ztz"l, and of Ha-Rav Tzvi Yehudah ztz"l, which is called "the Torah of Redemption."