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Tomchei Temimim (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] Tomchei Tmimim is also viewed by its students and teachers as a spiritual order. Students in Tomchei Tmimim acquire the title "Tamim" and the adage goes "Once a Tamim, always a Tamim."


Tomechei Temimim 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 'temimim' (sing. "tamim" תמים = pure, perfect[2])

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


The central Yeshiva is housed today in Lubavitch World Headquarters, at 770 Eastern Parkway, 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 Temimim continue working within Chabad as religious functionaries, whether as shluchim in Chabad Houses or as teachers in schools.

About the yeshivaEdit

Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson asserted that the impact of studying in Tomchei Temimim is everlasting:

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2010-08-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ HaYom Yom, Elul 15
  3. ^ Public address of 13th Tishrei, 5742 Archived 2010-12-20 at the Wayback Machine