The mission of The Basketball Yeshiva on Mount Zion, Jerusalem is to provide young Jewish men with an environment that fosters healthy Torah learning with a proper spiritual-physical balance, encouraging personal-growth in yirat Shamayim and Torah observance, together with professional sports training in basketball.
The Diaspora Yeshiva campus on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, which is located adjacent to King David’s Tomb, right beside the Kotel, in the Old City of Jerusalem, is opening a new Yeshiva program that will teach Gemara-learning skills, B’Iyun, in the shita of sugiyot (subjects), of Slobodka Yeshiva.
The new program will be under the guidance of the Rosh Yeshiva of Diaspora Yeshiva, Rabbi Yitzchak Goldstein, a talmid muvhak of Rav Moshe Hillel Hirsch, the Rosh Yeshiva of Slobodka, whom he learned with as a chavrutah in his yeshiva for 11 years. All the Rabbis of the Yeshiva are highly skilled in teaching Gemara B’Iyun.
The Basketball Yeshiva is a Musar Yeshiva that provides a one-year post-high school program focusing on personal-growth, yirat Shamayim, and training the boys to live a balanced Torah life. The Yeshiva believes that good learning and good personal development should go together with a healthy body.
As the Rambam says,
‘…he should have the intent that his body be whole and strong, in order for his inner soul to be upright in order to know G-d.’
—De’ot, Chapter 3, see also Guide to the Perplexed, Vol. III, Chapter 27
In order to facilitate this, the Yeshiva has created an amazing, private basketball court overlooking the Temple Mount. Here, the Yeshiva will provide professional basketball training twice a week in the morning with world-famous professional basketball trainer and player Tamir Goodman, who is known as the “Jewish Jordan”. Additionally, the Yeshiva will host tournaments once a week with other Israeli and American teams, as well as trips across Israel to learn about the land, the Tanach, and the people.
This will provide the students with true, professional basketball skills and games that will help them in other areas of Torah education and in connecting with Israel, after which the students will have the opportunity to remain in Israel learning Torah in our special environment.