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Oct 19, 2011 07:50 AM

Chow-Friendly Yeshiva?

Are there any yeshivot in Israel known for good, or at least decent, food? Or is that a silly question?

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  1. Isn't that kind of like picking a US college for it's food, or a car for it's cup holder?

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    1. re: vallevin

      Bochrim are often captive to the Yeshiva cook when it comnes to getting fed. They may not be in an area where they can escape to the pizza shop during free time, or where there are generous baal batim with loaded groaning boards eager to feed these away from home young men.
      I have daughters, so this was never an issue, but I have two nephews who detested their yeshiva stays in Isarel because of the food situation (It's been more than 10 years and I don't remember the names of the schools). The boys were always begging for food packages from home, and when any relative visited to be taken away from Yeshiva and fed really good food. Not junk food, but good food in terms of quality and nutrition. They were really tired of lack of meat and fresh vegetables. There is only so much kugel, overcooked carrots and bread one can eat.

      1. re: bagelman01

        My son and his friends were scattered throughout the yeshiva/college system there and they were consistently mediocre. That's why you see hordes of teens roving the fast food joints at every opportunity. My son had a chinese takeout and shawarma stand within sight of his dorm so those were visited frequently.

    2. Pirke Avot 3:21. Without Bread, there is no Torah.

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      1. re: SimonF

        That's why Yeshivot have vacation for Pesach....................................

          1. re: rockycat

            True. In some schools they survive on bread and hummus.

      2. Lev HaTorah in Bet Shemesh is known for its great food. I met the cook when I visited there. He told me that it is his holy mission to feed the boys well. I believe that his brother works at Mevaserret and that their food is good as well but not 100% sure on that.

        My son decided to go to a different yeshiva and he is constantly complaining that the food is awful and they don't give them enough to eat. He has a makolet (small grocery) nearby and a few fast food places and he eats out frequently. Fortunately he understands nutrition and tries to eat well.

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        1. re: SoCal Mother

          "fortunately, he understands nutrition and tries to eat well." Boys around 19 away from home for an entire year usually do all kinds of things differently than they do at home. But, hey, yours may be different. From what I understand about the year in Israel, man CAN live on bread alone (and fast food).

        2. Yes. I have known of wonderful yeshiva food. The ones I knew of are immigrants form Morocco. Like many people form the old country (any old country) they knew how to cook a few wonderful dishes. And the menus consisted those dishes served in rotation (If it's Tuesday, this must be harira).

          The best source of such info is the usual, the kids who graduated from your kid's school last year.

          1. My oldest son learned at the Mir, and he said he had some good meals, some bad meals. My oldest daughter learned at Ateres Bnos Yerushalayim, and gained 10 lbs while in Israel, so the food, or at least that which she ate, must have been either pretty good or pretty caloric. That son, though, had been in away yeshivas since 8th grade, and yeshivos are know for pretty bad food, so for him to say he got some good meals at the Mir is really saying a lot, unfortunately.

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            1. re: ganeden

              Nice to see you on the board, Craig! Good yomtov!