Tomchei Tmimim

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Dinner for Tomchei Temimim network, 1943; Left to right: Rabbi Shemaryahu Gurary, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson
United Lubavitcher Yeshivoth
Lubavitch Yeshiva of Oak Park, Michigan
Zal, Toras Emes Yeshiva, Jerusalem
Tomchei Temimim, Kfar Chabad

Tomchei Tmimim (Hebrew: תומכי תמימים‎, "supporters of the complete-wholesome ones") is the central Yeshiva (Talmudical academy) of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement. Founded in 1897 in the town of Lubavitch by Rabbi Sholom Dovber Schneersohn, it is now a worldwide network of institutions of advanced Torah study,[1] the United Lubavitcher Yeshivoth.

Tomchei Tmimim is also viewed by its students and teachers as a spiritual order. Students in Tomchei Tmimim acquire the title "Tomim" and the adage goes "Once a Tomim, always a Tomim." Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson asserted that the impact of studying in Tomchei Tmimim is everlasting:

Anyone who once learned in Tomchei Tmimim remains a Tomim, a student of Tomchei Tmimim, forever.[2]


Founding in Lubavitch[edit]

Tomechei Tmimim was founded by Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn for the study of Hasidic philosophy according to the Chabad tradition. He called the students of this yeshiva 'tmimim' (sing. "tomim" תמים = pure, perfect[3]).


When Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn left the Soviet Union in 1927, the yeshiva reestablished itself in Warsaw and later in Otwock, Poland.


In the course of World War II, the yeshiva escaped to Shanghai, China, along with some other yeshivot like Mir.

New York[edit]

Once the Rebbe was safely evacuated to New York, the Yeshiva was reestablished in New York City, where it remains to this day.[citation needed]

Rabbi Yisroel Yitzchok Piekarski was the Rosh Yeshiva for 42 years, from 1951 until 1993.[4][5]


The central Yeshiva is housed today at the Chabad Lubavitch World Headquarters, at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY, with approximately six hundred students. Similarly named yeshivas, many of which are nevertheless formally independent, are to be found in major cities in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, South Africa, Australia, and the former Soviet Union, and Israel. Many of the branches also perform the functions necessary to grant rabbinical ordination to their students. A significant number of graduates of Tomchei Tmimim continue working within Chabad as religious functionaries, whether as shluchim in Chabad Houses or as teachers in schools.[citation needed]

Global locations[edit]

In North America[edit]

In Israel[edit]

  • Yeshivat Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch Rishon LeZion (Ketana), Rishon Lezion
  • Yeshivat Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch Rishon LeZion (Gedola), Rishon LeZion
  • Yeshivat Tomchei Tmimim Lubavitch Nachlat Har Chabad, Kiryat Malachi
  • Yeshiva Tomchei Tmimim, Lod
  • Yeshivat Tomchei Tmimim HaMerkazit Kfar Chabad, Kfar Chabad
  • Yeshivat Ohr Tmimim, Kfar Chabad
  • Yeshivas Tzeirei Hashluchim, Safed
  • Yeshivas Chasidei Chabad Beis Levi Yitzchak, Safed
  • Ohr Simcha, Kfar Chabad
  • Beis Sefer Lemelacha, Kfar Chabad
  • Tomchei Tmimim Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Gat
  • Yeshivas Toras Emes, Jerusalem (founded in 1911, also by Rabbi Sholom Dovber Schneersohn, and originally based in Hebron)
  • Yeshivat NachlatHar Chabad Beit Haram, Kiryat Malachi
  • Yeshivat Tomchei Tmimim Migdal HaEmek, Migdal HaEmek
  • Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim, Or Yehuda
  • Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim, El'ad
  • Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimimm, Beersheba
  • Yeshivas Ohel Menachem, Beit Shemesh
  • Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim, Beitar Illit
  • Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim-Beis Menachem, Bnei Brak

In other locations[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Public address of 13th Tishrei, 5742". Archived from the original on December 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Daily Study: Hayom Yom".
  4. ^ Piekarski, Simcha. "Summer Camp for Life". Retrieved November 2, 2020.
  5. ^ Piekarski, Simchah (November 28, 2019). "The Rebbe's Visit to Camp Gan Israel". Retrieved November 2, 2020.
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  7. ^ "yeshiva Lubavitch london chabad". yeshivalondon.
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