Learning Torah in Eretz Yisrael
Every year thousands of youth decide to come to Israel for the sake of learning Torah in Eretz Yisrael. When learning Torah in Eretz Yisrael you can really “feel and touch our history”. You can visit many places that are mentioned in the Bible and really touch the earth where historical events happened many thousand years ago. This makes the Bible into the Living Torah. For example, you can visit Elon Moreh, the place where Moshe visited first when he entered the Land of Israel. These feelings can never occur when learning Torah in Galut. One thing that is sad is that not every Jewish youth has the privilege to learn the Torah in The Land of Israel. To learn Torah in Israel in a Yeshiva or Midrasha can cost up to 25 – 30 000 USD. As everyone can understand, this is not a sum that every parent can pay. And even though scholarships are available, they cover just a fraction of the price. This is very sad, but it is the truth.
Learning Torah in Israel better for Shiduchim
As mentioned above, not everyone can afford to be learning Torah in Israel. This can also cause Shiduch issues. A gap year in Israel in a Yeshiva or Midrasha often opens up for other shiduch opportunities. Of course, it depends on what Yeshiva or Midrsha. This is very sad, that marriage opportunity is depended on to a big extent if the boy or girl did learn a year or two in the Land of Israel.
Learning Torah in Israel
How do you find different Yeshivot and Midrashot that offer programs for English speakers? The best solution is to check different programs at Masa, that offer Programs in Israel for Young Adults. Masa Journey also offer scholarships to participants.