Torah Goals

Heichal HaTorah’s primary goal is to inspire our talmidim to deepen their relationship with Hashem: to love Torah learning, to daven passionately, and to develop noble character. We strive to develop our talmidim into true bnei Torah who view life through the prism of Torah. The yeshiva’s second goal is to equip our talmidim with the tools to become talmidei chachamim, by enabling them to read and analyze the Gemara with rishonim and acharonim. Additionally, our students achieve the successful mastery of a complete maseches of Gemara every year. Independent and chavrusah learning skills are honed through numerous sedarim in the Beis Medrash and during Night Seder. These goals are only accomplished because of our all-star cast of rebbeim, who are renowned for their vast bekios in Shas, their sophisticated analysis of the most difficult sugyas, and the ability to convey their knowledge in a clear and dynamic manner. The relationships they form with their talmidim motivate the boys to emulate their scholarship and commitment to Judaism.

When I saw the Kinyan Shas plaque on Rabbi Skulnick's wall, I realized that I wanted to be a talmid chacham too. If my rebbe could do it, so could I.
Dov Jacobson Class of 2017, Teaneck, NJ

Gemara Iyun

Our talmidim study a challenging masechta each year with the goal of learning the skills necessary to “make a leining” on Gemara, Rashi, Tosafos, and other major Rishonim and Acharonim. Talmidim are trained to analyze the implication of each word and explore the conceptual underpinnings of the sugya. Significant time is allotted to chavrusah learning, as talmidim prepare for and review the shiur.

Gemara Bekius

A second masechta is selected each year for bekius learning. Our goal is for each talmid to master an entire masechta each year. Talmidim take regular bechinahs on dapim and perakim, culminating in an end-of-the-year masechta bechinah. Talmidim of the Yeshiva have already completed Masechtas Kiddushin, Sotah, Rosh Hashanah, Megillah and Succah. There is no prouder moment for our yeshiva or our parents than when our talmidim stand up at the podium at the end of the year to proudly recite the Hadran on the masechtos that they learned.

Halacha

Every morning, after davening, the talmidim begin their day with a twenty-minute seder in Halachah. Over four years, we endeavor to finish the entire Kitzur Shulchan Aruch and Kitzur Hilchos Shabbos in order to provide each talmid with the requisite knowledge to be a scrupulous shomer Torah u’mitzvos.

Chumash

Every day, Heichal talmidim learn the Parshas Hashavuah with Rashi. Additionally, our Rabbeim work with them on reading other Rishonim, such as the Ramban. Each shiur highlights how the Chumash should inform and inspire our daily Avodas Hashem.

Mussar

Our rebbeim present two mussar sedarim daily, before minchah and maariv. Derech eretz is emphasized as an essential characteristic of a ben Torah. The mussar seforim studied challenge the talmidim to live with exemplary midos. Drawing from seforim that teach mussar in a positive manner inspires our talmidim to daven, live and learn with exemplary middos and passion.

Night Seder

During night seder, on Monday and Thursday nights, from 6:55 to 7:55 PM, the talmidim are divided into chaburos led by older mentors, all of whom are currently studying for Semichah. These mentors help the talmidim delve deeper into the masechtos they are learning during bekius seder. These mentors greatly enhance the Yeshiva environment, serving as role models and joining the Yeshiva on trips and Shabbatonim.