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L’chvod Rav Avi, Rabbi Lopatin, Rabbi Linzer, Rabbi Love, Rav Katz and the rest of the faculty and staff, Obviously, we are grateful that you have created a holy place of learning for both Chai and Tzachi. But do you realize the profound influence you have had and continue to have in our lives? Thank you for helping us to create an open orthodox home where Torah is observed consciously. Thank you for modeling for us how to live the Torah that we learn. Thank you for helping us to raise our children with the knowledge that they could question anything that did not make sense to them, and that that is a proper and healthy attitude to apply to all aspects of Torah living. It brings us tremendous comfort and gives us strength knowing that Yeshivat Chovevei Torah is here to inspire and guide all of us.

With heartfelt thanks,
Estelle and Harvey Posner
Parents of Chai Posner (YCT ’10) and Tzachi Posner (YCT ’17)

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·        Semikha Program

·        Beit Midrash Program

YCT Rabbinical School admits students of any race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin.

If you are interested in applying to either of these programs, please contact our Office of Admissions at 212-666-0036 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

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Semikha Program

This program accepts Modern Orthodox male applicants with demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills and high moral character. Incoming students will have earned a Bachelor's degree and completed two years of post-high school intensive study of rabbinic texts. The ability to read and comprehend both talmudic and biblical sources with commentary is required.

Beit Midrash Program

The Beit Midrash is a year long preparatory program for students who are not yet ready to enter the Semikha program. This program focuses heavily on skill building through an intensive and in depth curriculum based on reading the text of the Gemara along with the classic rishonim, Rashi and Tosafot. Students are exposed to the breadth of rabbinic literature by studying many chapters of Mishnayot. Halakha is learned with a focus on the first third of Orah Hayim to gain familiarity with the majesty of the Halakhic system. Classes in Tanakh and Makhshava are offered as well.

Students interested in applying for the Beit Midrash program must have a working knowledge of Hebrew and have the ability to read and translate a passage from the Mishna Berura.

Admission to the Beit Midrash program does not guarantee admission to the Semikha program. Midway through the Beit Midrash year, students meet with the admissions committee to evaluate their progress and to determine their eligibility for admission to the Semikha program.


Preliminary Discussions

All prospective students are required to have a preliminary discussion with Rabbi Ari Hart, the Director of Recruitment and Admissions, as early as possible in the application process.  Please contact the Admissions office at 212-666-0036 or This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it to schedule an appointment.

Visit to YCT

All candidates are required to spend a few days at the yeshiva while it is in session. Please contact Rabbi Yonah Berman at This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it to arrange a visit.

Application Instructions                                                                                                                 

·        Complete the Admissions Application.

·     Pay the $50 application fee by credit card. Please make sure to write "Application Fee" in the Payment Description box. This fee is waived if your completed application is received by January 15.

All remaining application materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts) must be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Attn: Allison Batalion
YCT Rabbinical School
3700 Henry Hudson Parkway, Second Floor
Riverdale, New York 10463

Letters of Recommendation

Please submit three sealed letters of recommendation (with one accompanying reference form for each letter), which include at least one academic and one rabbinic reference.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be included with the application. Applicants who are currently enrolled in degree programs must include mid-year transcripts and arrange for final transcripts to be mailed to YCT upon completion of the semester.

GRE Scores

The GRE is required for those whose GPA is less than a 3.0. Scores must be included with your application.


YCT highly recommends that applicants apply for the Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship. For more information call 614-939-6060 or visit The yeshiva offers qualified students tuition remission and a generous monthly living stipend.


YCT Rabbinical School admits students of any race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin. All documents submitted in support of an application for admission become the permanent possession of YCT and cannot be returned to the applicant. For your records, please make photocopies of all materials submitted, except for transcripts and recommendation forms, which must be received unopened, in the original, sealed envelopes.


Important Dates

January 15      The $50 application fee is waived for completed applications received by this date

March 15         Final date to postmark and mail applications

April 15           Applicants will receive notification of admissions decision


Interview Preparation

Those candidates invited for an interview will be notified by February 22.

In preparation for discussions during the interview, applicants are required to read one of the following articles:

“Dat Ha-Emet in Maimonides' Mishne Torah” by Rabbi Chaim Rappaport

“The Challenge of Halakhic Innovation”  by Rabbi Benny Lau

“Curricula, Methodologies and Values in Orthodox Tanakh Study”  by Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot

Applicants must also prepare a 3-5 minute d’var Torah on the topic of their choice to be shared during their interview. A learning assessment will be administered by one of the rebbeim at the Yeshiva around the time of the interview. Candidates may also be asked to meet with a mental health professional as part of the admissions process.





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