Good things happen when you least – almost – expect them...
Beit Midrash Reuta began its journey in the year 5761 as a result of two short telephone conversations made to Rabbi Natan Offner by two soldiers who were about to complete their service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Each one, unbeknownst to the other, telling Rabbi Natan of his deep desire: to learn Torah with him for about two months before setting out into the adult, civilian world, or in preparation for a trek to India…
Knowledge of these phone calls spread quickly, and many others, each in his own stage of spiritual quest, joined the two friends. The few months of study turned into a number of years, during which the Beit Midrash moved from Maon – its first abode, where it was welcomed warmly – to Carmel, a nearby settlement that has also welcomed and supported it throughout.
From the beginning the atmosphere in Reuta has been intimate and family-like, and while this simple, personal touch has remained, the framework has grown and expanded. With the help of the Almighty, what was a small stream has become a powerful river. The Beit Midrash today is housed in a permanent building surrounded by the magnificent landscapes of the Hebron Hills. Within its walls, a diverse body of students from all sectors of Israeli society pour over their texts.
"Reuta" in Aramaic means "wanting". It is around this concept that the inner spiritual axis of the Beit Midrash revolves. Its doors are open to all who wish to enter and who have a sincere desire to engage in the service of the Almighty, through the striving and continual study of the Living Torah that brings gladness and inspiration to all.
From the moment they enter the study halls of Reuta, students take upon themselves a binding commitment: Upon crossing the threshold of Beit Midrash Reuta we unconditionally pledge to speak and think only positively of our fellow Jew. Indeed, this has even been inscribed next to the portico of the building.
Together, we pray to the Almighty that we will have the privilege to continue to spread the words of the Torah with kindness, tolerance, acceptance, brotherhood, and the love of each individual - thus honoring the Holy Name.