Halacha – Together with Rabbi Bielory and Rabbi Gelernter, YOY students participate in the International Dirshu program of Halacha Yomi (students study an amud of Mishna Berurah a day — completing Orach Chaim in 5 years), including bi-weekly and monthly tests. Students are rewarded for proficiency in Halacha.
Gemara – Our differentiated Gemara program focuses on building students’ core skills of reading and understanding Gemara, Rashi, and Tosafos. YOY places special emphasis on helping students apply the concepts taught in the Gemara to practical modern day situations. In our honors Gemara track, students are drawn into the world of Rishonim and Achronim. The shiur focuses on analytical skills so the students can learn gemara by themselves.
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.
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.
Hashkafa via Chumash – YOY’s Chumash class incorporates fundamental hashkafic (philosophical) questions into the weekly curriculum. Students are encouraged to ask and discuss ideas such as bechira, hashgacha pratis, yiras shamayim, and Galus and Geula.
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. The tenth grade class studies Sefer Shoftim, which opens the students’ understanding of the qualities of Jewish leadership.
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.
Gemara Bekius– Rabbi Gelernter’s Bekius class provides the students with a breadth of Gemara knowledge. The skill of understanding the structure of Gemara is emphasized as the students broaden their grasp of Meseches Sukka.
Ivrit – Our Ivrit program invites our students to the beauty and depth of the Hebrew language. YOY students learn Biblical Hebrew grammar through selected portions of Tanach. Students are introduced to the spoken language as they explore the use of their knowledge of parts of speech. Students begin to master the four necessary skills for a spoken language : reading , writing , listening and speaking.
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.
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.