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Beginning next school year, students at the Orot Aviv yeshiva in Tel Aviv will be offered personal life coaching sessions to help them "better connect with their Torah studies."
The lessons will be offered by the yeshiva's rabbis, who are currently undergoing training.
According to the yeshiva, in this era of television and the internet the students are finding it difficult to concentrate and relate to the texts, and are therefore in need of professional assistance.
Rabbi Ettinger of the Orot Aviv yeshiva says the lessons will be based on "Jewish books that deal with morality, such as Mesilat Yesharim (Path of the Just)."
"At the beginning of the next school year the coachers will meet with the students to determine their abilities and preferences. The project's second phase will focus on removing their 'internal walls', after which they will be taught how to realize their potential.
"Sometimes problems related to childhood or social problems that stem from personal traits, such as shyness, can interfere with one's Torah studies, or affect other aspects of life," Rabbi Ettinger explains.
"The goal is to increase the students' motivation to study by tackling their personal and social problems. By guiding and setting goals for the student we allow him to showcase his abilities, not only in his Torah studies, but in the army, family life and academic studies as well."
Rabbi Mishael Cohen, head of the Orot Aviv Yeshiva, stresses that the personal coaching project is aimed at providing the students with the "necessary tools to study Torah and work on his character."