Judaic Studies


Halacha – YOY students progress through significant portions of Orach Chaim over the course of their high school career. They also have an opportunity to participate in the International Dirshu program of Halacha Yomi (students study an amud of Mishna Berurah a day), including bi-weekly and monthly tests. Dirshu students participate in the creation of “Hasbaros Panim Yafos,” a unique sefer summarizing the halacha they learn.



Gemara – Our differentiated Gemara program focuses on building students’ core skills of reading and understanding Gemara, Rashi, and Tosafos.  YOY’s Gemara curriculum places special emphasis on helping students apply the concepts taught in the Gemara to practical modern day situations and on analytical skills so the students will be able to learn Gemara independently. In our upper Gemara classes, class structure integrates a chavrusa format, in which students can put the skills they are learning into collaborative practice.


Mussar – Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael is named in honor of the landmark sefer written by Rabbi Yisrael Salanter, the founder of the Mussar movement. The Mussar movement exhorts all Jews to continually improve themselves.  Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael lays out a road map to help students understand themselves more clearly, to work on refining their character, and to continually enhance the purity and integrity of their interpersonal relationships using Torah as their guide. True to its name, the Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael mussar curriculum helps students build self-awareness and strive to develop as responsible and moral exemplars. It includes studies of Pirkei Avos, Sefer Mishlei, and Shaarei Teshuva in addition to other sources.


Chumash – Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael’s Chumash curriculum is geared to develop students’ skills in translation and understanding of pesukim. Students learn to recognize difficulties in the pesukim and begin to use the commentators to solve these questions. Students are taught to compare the various commentators on specific difficulties. Meforshim studied include Ramban, Sforno, and Kli Yakar.


Hashkafah – Our four year hashkafah program encourages students to explore the Torah’s view on the world around us. Traditional texts of Chazal as well as modern day Jewish thinkers are incorporated into guided classroom conversations. Students question ideas and discover personal approaches rooted in the words of our tradition.


Navi – Through the study of Sefer Yehoshua, ninth grade students gain  a deeper appreciation for Eretz Yisrael and the challenges of settling a nation in a homeland.  During the month of Elul, our students dedicate their navi studies to the beautiful Haftorahs of the Yamim Noraim. All students are also invited to participate in a student-run Navi club that meets weekly during lunchtime.


Mishnayos – YOY students study Seder Moed — gaining a wealth of knowledge which will help facilitate future study.  By the end of ninth grade the class will make a siyum on the entire seder.  In preparation for Yom Tov, the students start the year with Mesechtos Rosh HaShana and Yoma.


Bekius In their Bekius classes, YOY students are invited to view Torah Shebaal Peh with a broad lens, each year studying and completing different sefarim. The sefarim and depth of information is scaffolded to meet students ability levels: In 9th and 10th grade, students complete Mishnayos in Sefer Moed. In 11th and 12th grade, students learn the Mesechta that the Yeshiva is learning (Bava Kamma)


Mishmar/Night Seder – Every Thursday night students have the opportunity for extra learning and dinner.  We spend this enjoyable time socializing and reviewing for the weekly Gemara test. Additionally, our Rebbeim facilitate optional opportunities for night seder three nights per week located at the Yeshiva and at the Kollel of Greater Boston.CURRICULUM_APPLE




General Studies



Mathematics (Ninth Grade Algebra I/Algebra II-Pre-Calculus) – The central goal of this course is for the students to master core Algebra I concepts while gaining an appreciation for the joy, beauty, and power of mathematics.  We explore a variety of topics, including the meaning of variables, expressions, and equations; algebraic operations; systems of equations; basic probability and statistics; functions; polynomial factoring; and coordinate geometry. Rather than rote memorization of rules, the emphasis is on teaching students to deeply understand and internalize mathematical concepts and methods.  


Computer Science – This course introduces students to the basics of programming in JavaScript. Students work on a year-long project, typically a video game, and self-pace the material using Khan Academy. Classroom time is dedicated to applying the concepts learned, working on the project, and resolving technical issues. The ultimate goal of the course is to teach students how to break a problem down into smaller parts, work on solving the smaller parts, and then constructing the final solution from the solved parts. The 10th Grade course focuses on programming using Java in preparation for the AP Computer Science A exam. Topics include: abstractions / object-oriented programming, data structures, and algorithms.


Chemistry- This science introduces students to the nature of matter. The subject is taught with an eye toward problem-solving skill development, with both quantitative and descriptive methods used to present the material. Topics include:unit factor method, data accuracy, atomic structure, periodic law, chemical bonding and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws and kinetic theory, basic organic chemistry, and acids and bases.  At the honors level, students will also cover oxidation/reduction, electrochemistry, equilibrium, thermodynamics,  and nuclear chemistry.


English – The first-year English course is designed to give the students a solid overview of the major genres in the study of English and to expose them to a sampling of excellent literature in each of the genres.  The class explores a great variety of material including novels, poems, videos, primary and secondary sources, and more. In the 10th grade literature class, students explore a sampling of literature from around the world.  In the process, and in conjunction with the Modern History course, students will further their understanding of different cultures.


History – The 9th Grade Ancient History course explores ancient cultures and examine the beginnings of civilizations from Sumer to Greece to Mesoamerica.  In the 10th Grade Modern World History course, the material covers from roughly 1300 CE up to the present time.  It examines the Renaissance, the changing political landscape of Europe, the Age of Enlightenment, the American and French Revolutions, the Age of Imperialism, the Industrial Revolution, World Wars I and II, the Cold War, anti-colonial backlash and the present political landscape, and much more.    As students examine the great variety of countries, leaders, cultures, and styles of government, they are asked to explain the significance and the origin of these differences.  Finally, students are challenged to consider their own place in history and to consider and appreciate the role and impact their actions and beliefs have on others and on history itself.  


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