Who Attends a Kabbalistic Yeshiva?
I was having a chat with Hannah Katsman from A Mother In Israel, and she asked how it was I came by my stories. I explained that there are enough Kannoim in my Yeshiva so that this stuff just falls in my lap. She seemed surprised that there were Kannoim. Which seems like a good chance to talk about the make up a of a Kabbalistic Yeshiva.
If you will notice the picture of the Beit El Beit Midrash, you will notice a lot of diversity. Guys with beards, guys without beards, several different types of head coverings ect. That has pretty much always been the spirit of a Kabbalistic Yeshiva, and it still is(at least of most) today. You walk in you are going to find everything from hardcore Chareidim and Kannoim to your average Daati Leumi. It can be a real den of Ahavat Yisrael.
Just as diverse is the reason why people are there. Some may be there to learn from a halakhic expert in something particular(for instance Beit El is known for turning out excellent Dayyanim, Nahar Shalom has a resident Rabbi who is one of leading experts in Mohelut ect). Some are there because praying with the Kavvanot of the Rashash is the latest greatest Chumra that they can add to their ever expanding list of Chumrot. Still others are there because they simply love HaShem and hope that Kabbalah may give them the tools grow closer to HaShem in their Avodah and their lives. Then there are those who are there for any combination of these reasons and other reasons.
There is no defined type of person who walks through the doors of a Kabbalistic Yeshiva, and since most Kabbalistic Yeshivot will take pretty much anyone who walks through their doors, you get a quite diverse mix. Granted there is some weeding that occurs when you start talking about who makes it into the higher level shiurim given by the various Rabbanim or even Roshei Yeshivot. However, at that point it is all about middot and desire and not about background. So even those groups remain quite diverse.