Obtaining S'micha in Israel as Ba'al Teshuvah

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    Hello. I am a current Medical School student, living on the island of Aruba. After Medical School, I am planning on obtaining S’micha. I would be a Ba’al Teshuvah. I was wondering which Modern Orthodox (Ba’al Teshuvah) Yeshivas would be the best possibilities?

    When I graduate as a doctor, I will be approximately 30 years old.


    How do you keep kosher living in Aruba?


    The biggest grocery market (IGA Ling and Sons) carries Empire Glatt Kosher Chicken Breasts, Legs, etc. and also MealMart Glatt Kosher Beef Hamburger Patties. Many breads are imported from the States, so most are Kosher (O/U and O/K-Pas Yisrael). Most imports have American hechsher’s.


    How much learning do you currently have, and how much time are you willing/planning to spend for getting smicha?

    Maybe try Shapell’s/Darche Noam – they have a smicha program. (You didn’t say if you wanted to learn in the States or Israel; Shapell’s is in Yerushalayim.)

    Google Shapell’s/Darche Noam; I’m not sure if I put the link here the mods will let it go through. They’re funny about stuff like that.


    I’m just curious why you davka want to go to a modern orthodox yeshiva? There are good yeshivas for baalei teshuva that are not specifically for modern orthodox and you can get smicha through them, like Aish HaTorah and probably Ohr Sameach.


    Just to be clear, “Modern Orthodox” and “Baal Teshuvah” don’t mean the same thing. Very few places market themselves as both. Good BT places with Smicha programs in Israel would be Ohr Sameach or Chapelle’s, and look at Sha’ar Yashuv in America. Good MO places in Israel would be Gush, maybe the Sha’alvim or KBY Kollel but those are trickier. In America, YU.

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