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We are here to help Jews of all backgrounds explore their heritage in a non-judgmental, user-friendly atmosphere.
Elie Wiesel said, “Aish HaTorah means to me the passion of teaching, the passion of learning. The study of Torah, the source of Jewish values, is the way to Jewish survival.”
The name Aish HaTorah, literally “Fire [of] the Torah”, was inspired by the Talmudic story of Rabbi Akiva, the once illiterate 40-year-old shepherd who subsequently became the most famous sage of the Mishnah. One day he came across a stone that had been hollowed out by a constant drip of water. He concluded, “If something as soft as water could carve a hole in solid rock, then how much more so can Torah — which is compared to fire — make an indelible impression on my heart.” (While the comparison to fire is reflected in the yeshiva’s name — “aish” means fire—the simile in this story is that of water and the Torah, which is frequent in the Talmud.) Rabbi Akiva committed himself to study the Torah.