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Religious Philosophy

As a Modern Orthodox Yeshiva, HAFTR promotes a religious philosophy that is predicated on creating a caring and vibrant atmosphere conducive to learning and a spirited fulfillment of mitzvot.  We strive to integrate Limudei Kodesh and general studies so students can develop authentic relationships with Hashem, Torah, the Jewish people, the Land of Israel, and the world at large.

 

We seek to instill in our students an appreciation of Hashem’s presence in all apsects of their lives, for we believe that the study of the world – be it the arts, the sciences, technology or history – directly serves to strengthen that appreciation.  We affirm that the Torah is a living blueprint for a spiritually meaningful way of life that provides a precious anchor in the midst of a rapidly changing world.

 

We seek to inspire and challenge our students with an interdisciplinary educational approach that is relevant to our students’ lives in the 21st century.  This includes rigorous study and analysis of sacred texts, Jewish history, Jewish ethics, personal prayer and observance, civic responsibility, the importance of community, Hebrew language fluency, and the inseparable bond between the Jewish people and the Jewish State of Israel.  HAFTR emphasizes a passionate commitment to the Jewish values of derech eretz (proper way to act), simchat hachaim (joy of life), kavod habriot (human diginity), tzedakah (charity), and gemilut chasadim (acts of kindness).  HAFTR seeks to graduate students who are Jewish leaders, knowledgeable and proud of their Judaism, and who are committed members of Klal Yisrael and the global community.