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Winter Semester 2018

January 2, 2018 through March 9, 2018

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Analyzing the Talmud: Bava Kama Chapter 8

Analyzing the Talmud: Bava Kama Chapter 8

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)   Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:00AM

In this course Rabbi Brovender will analyze the Tractate Bava Kama, starting with the eighth chapter. This gemara shiur will meet three times weekly.

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Bible Basics: David & Goliath

Bible Basics: David & Goliath

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)   Monday at 10:00PM

How can we understand the text of the Torah? In this course we will develop grammar skills which are critical to translating and understanding the Bible. Each story is so much more than meets the eye. When we know how to read the text properly we reach new layers of meaning. This semester we will learn the story of David and Goliath to better understand the story itself and also to grow our skills in Torah study. The course is ideal for newcomers to Biblical text.

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Brachot: An Introduction to Gemara

Brachot: An Introduction to Gemara

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)   Wednesday at 3:00AM

In this course we will develop Talmud-learning skills through the study of the fourth chapter in Tractate Brachot. We will learn how to read the text with the help of the commentators to reach a better understanding of what the rabbis were trying to teach us.

We will begin by familiarizing ourselves with what the gemara IS and where it comes from and it's place in our tradition. After that we will focus on building essential skills and Aramaic know-how to allow participants to eventually learn on their own.
If you're a beginner who has always been intimidated by learning the Talmud, this is the class for you!

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Ein Ayah: Rav Kook on Aggadot of Shabbat

Ein Ayah: Rav Kook on Aggadot of Shabbat

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Sunday at 1:00PM

In this course we will take an in-depth look at Ein Ayah, Rav Kook's commentary on the aggadot (anecdotal texts) of the Talmud. We will focus on the aggadot of Massechet Shabbat to gain a stronger understanding of the lessons one can learn from the stories in the text.   Torah learning on WebYeshiva.org in Spring Semester 2017 is dedicated in the memory of Yehezkel and Sarah Lemel z”l by their loving family.     יחזקאל בן אשר למל ושאשא יוכבד ז”ל ושרה מניה פייגע בת יום טוב וטשארנה רבקה ז”ל Click here to learn about their inspiring stories and passion for Torah education and Israel.      To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.

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Foundations of Conversion

Foundations of Conversion

Route613   Sunday at 10:00PM

This 8-part series will examine the fundamentals of giyur (conversion).  We will first look at the historical foundations of conversion, tracing perceptions and laws of conversion from the Talmud to the great medieval commentators, and through modern times.  We will discuss what an Orthodox giyur entails in modern times, while reviewing both the philosophical and Halakhic (legal) foundations of Judaism that ensure a successful conversion.  We will also briefly discuss some of the sociological issues inherent within conversion, and hear from a convert about her experiences both before and after becoming Jewish.  This course is designed for people contemplating conversion who would like a better understanding of the process and expectations, but is open to anyone who would like to learn more about the intricacies and experiences of giyur.  

The cost of this course is $50.
  Disclaimer: This course is a wonderful opportunity for those considering and preparing for Jewish conversion to study Torah under Orthodox auspices with WebYehsiva.org and Route613. This is NOT online conversion, nor are we a Beit Din (rabbinical court) which conducts conversion. Students who complete the entire series can receive a letter attesting to their participation.   Route 613 - Your Route to GeRut, provides a comprehensive conversion program for approximately 60 conversion candidates each year. The program is comprised of three weekly classes, and a variety of extra-curricular activities, including Shabbatonim, chesed activities and trips to places of Jewish interest. We hold shabbatonim for the students two to three times per year to get them to experience Shabbat and community first-hand. By offering an intensive Orthodox conversion curriculum in a group study format, Route 613, directed by Rabbi Maury Kelman, allows students to learn at their own pace in a supportive environment. Approximately 25 candidates successfully complete their Orthodox conversion process annually. Over the past 13 years, approximately 300 students have converted under Rabbi Kelman’s direction, with many of them now raising families, strengthening the Jewish community throughout North America, Israel and beyond.  

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History of Halacha Part 1: Rishonim

History of Halacha Part 1: Rishonim

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Thursday at 5:00AM

In this ten-part series we will look at the introductions of the halachic works of several Rishonim. Rishonim are major halachic authorities who wrote between the 11th-15th centuries. We will study the introductions to the texts of the Tur, Beit Yosef, Rama, and more, to gain insight and context into their work. Why did they choose to write what they wrote? Where did they find their inspiration? Where did their authority come from? These scholars set the foundation for the way we live our lives today, changing the dynamics of the every-day Jew and their access to halacha. On the basis of these writings, the next generations of halachic thinkers (Achronim) composed their halachic works.   Everyone is welcome to join this course free-of-charge. Please click here to submit a suggested donation of $36.

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Maharal’s Tiferet Yisrael

Maharal’s Tiferet Yisrael

Chassidut & Kabbala   Monday at 3:00AM

In what way is the Jewish people the Chosen Nation? What does it mean to be "chosen"? Chosen for what? The Maharal's "Tiferet Yisrael" provides a set of answers through its philosophical exposition showing how the Torah rests upon the unique nature of the Jewish people's chosenness.     Torah learning on WebYeshiva.org in Spring Semester 2017 is dedicated in the memory of Yehezkel and Sarah Lemel z”l by their loving family.     יחזקאל בן אשר למל ושאשא יוכבד ז”ל ושרה מניה פייגע בת יום טוב וטשארנה רבקה ז”ל Click here to learn about their inspiring stories and passion for Torah education and Israel.      To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.

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Martyrdom in Halacha: From the Bible until Today

Martyrdom in Halacha: From the Bible until Today

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Tuesday at 1:00PM

We will learn the mitzvah of Kiddush Hashem, sanctification of the name of God. Is this a mitzvah which must be sought out and even accepted voluntarily or is it only a mitzvah when there is no way to escape it? This is a fundamental disagreement between the Medieval Poskim (Halachic Authorities). We will review medieval Poskim, as well as Poskim from the Holocaust period to get a better understanding of how Jewish scholars through these periods in various locations viewed this mitzva.

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Perek B’Shana

Perek B’Shana

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)   Wednesday at 2:15AM

THE BRUCE RITHOLTZ TALMUD PROJECT: A new kind of Gemara shiur, dedicated to the memory of Bruce Ritholtz a”h. The class will undertake the goal of studying and completing an entire chapter of Talmud each year followed by a siyum to mark its completion at the time of Bruce's yahrtzeit, between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The class will be focused on a clear understanding of the text of the Gemara, together with in-depth explorations of selected topics followed by interactive dialogue through social media and email. This year we will be studying tractate Sanhedrin, Chapter 1. This class will be broadcast live from Lincoln Square Synagogue (LSS) in New York. LSS is a diverse and vibrant Modern Orthodox Congregation that provides religious, social, and educational services and outreach to the unique Jewish community of the Upper West Side. The synagogue strives to be a model in the integration of Halachic Judaism and contemporary life to the broader Jewish community. lss new To view last year's shiurim on tractate Megilla please click here.       To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.

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Perek by Perek: Personalizing Tehillim

Perek by Perek: Personalizing Tehillim

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)   Sunday at 10:00PM

Tehillim is King David  giving us insights into our relationship with Hashem and teaching us to pray. He teaches us how to relate to life's experiences. We will learn what is behind the verses of the psalms, what are the true meanings of the metaphors.

In this course we will find personal meaning and learn to identify with the verses in the book of Tehillim.
 

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Philosophy of the Rabbis: Pirkei Avot Chapters 4 & 5

Philosophy of the Rabbis: Pirkei Avot Chapters 4 & 5

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Sunday at 9:00PM

What did the Rabbis think about? How did they think? Join Rabbi Chaim Brovender to delve into the philosophy of the rabbis, as told in Pirkei Avot, the Ethics of Our Fathers.   Torah learning on WebYeshiva.org in Spring Semester 2017 is dedicated in the memory of Yehezkel and Sarah Lemel z”l by their loving family.     יחזקאל בן אשר למל ושאשא יוכבד ז”ל ושרה מניה פייגע בת יום טוב וטשארנה רבקה ז”ל Click here to learn about their inspiring stories and passion for Torah education and Israel.    To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.

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Practical Wisdom from Kohelet

Practical Wisdom from Kohelet

Navi / Ketuvim (Bible: Prophets/Writings)   Wednesday at 10:00PM

How does the world work? How do finances work? What is our avodat Hashem, service of God? In the Book of Kohelet King Solomon shared his unique wisdom. Through this course we will learn how we can infuse these lessons into our lives in a meaningful way.

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Rabbinic Literature: Textual Skills

Rabbinic Literature: Textual Skills

Halacha Mastery Program   Monday at 9:00PM

Would you like to improve your ability to translate and negotiate rabbinic texts? This 8-part series will help you do so. Each week, the students will be assigned one or more passages from Gemara and rabbinic literature to translate and send in. During class, we will review the texts carefully and discuss how to figure out the meanings of the words and phrases. Besides recognizing basic vocabulary, this includes deciphering abbreviations and citations. Students will also become familiar with reference works, databases, and other useful resources.   The cost for this course is $75. Please click here to pay:

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Rav Soloveitchik Searches for God

Rav Soloveitchik Searches for God

Machshava (Jewish Thought)   Tuesday at 10:00PM

How can the individual seek out God? What is the mystery of Devekut (cleaving to Him)? How does engagement with the natural and spiritual worlds aid us and fail us in our quest? How does God ultimately find us instead? -- These questions stand at the center of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik's essay "Uvikkashtem miSham" (in English as And From There You Shall Seek), the important sequel and companion text to his monumental Halakhic Man.

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The Bold and the Beautiful: A Study of Women in Tanach

The Bold and the Beautiful: A Study of Women in Tanach

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Wednesday at 9:00PM

Did Sarah share her husband’s devotion to God, or was she just a secondary figure along for the ride? What motivated Esther to finally take charge and save the day in Shushan? What do traditional rabbinic scholars think of surprising heroines such as Rachav, Devorah, Yael, and others? In this course we will engage in close study of the Bible's accounts of these and other women, developing our own insights while examining the insights of a range of classical commentaries spanning the full history of Jewish Bible study and interpretation. Some of these women are famous; some less so. Some are heroic; some perhaps not so heroic. Some are beautiful; all are bold, often taking action in unexpected ways. Together, we will develop our appreciation of the depth and complexity of these women and their contributions.

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The Gates of Divine Inspiration

The Gates of Divine Inspiration

Chassidut & Kabbala   Thursday at 9:00PM

"The Gates of Divine Inspiration" of the Ari"zal.  A concise version of the Ari"zal's pathway to Ruach Hakodesh.  This class will be theoretical and practical, with short meditations that encompass the ideas in the text.

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The Restroom in Halacha

The Restroom in Halacha

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Monday at 8:00PM

All you Wanted to Know about Bathrooms and were too Embarrassed to Ask: What smells prohibit reciting blessings and other acts of kedusha? If the baby’s diaper (nappy) is full, how far away must you be to allow prayer? Can the baby's diaper (nappy) be changed in the synagogue? If you merely enter and immediately leave a bathroom, must you wash your hands? What is the status of food that was in a bathroom? How can you enter a bathroom if you are carrying a siddur? We will survey the opinions of the great poskim. Texts are in Hebrew; in class we will translate and explain the texts.

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Yaakov & Yosef

Yaakov & Yosef

Chumash (Bible: Torah)   Tuesday at 8:00PM

Delve into the complicated relationship of our forefather Yaakov (Jacob), and his favored son, Yosef (Joseph). In this course we will study the book of Breishit to learn the story of Yaakov and his children, Yosef in particular.   Torah learning on WebYeshiva.org in Spring Semester 2017 is dedicated in the memory of Yehezkel and Sarah Lemel z”l by their loving family.     יחזקאל בן אשר למל ושאשא יוכבד ז”ל ושרה מניה פייגע בת יום טוב וטשארנה רבקה ז”ל Click here to learn about their inspiring stories and passion for Torah education and Israel.      To find out more about dedication opportunities with WebYeshiva.org please contact office@webyeshiva.org.

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Zeal & Mitzvot: How Fast Should You Run?

Zeal & Mitzvot: How Fast Should You Run?

Halacha (Jewish Law)   Wednesday at 8:00PM

The sages taught us that the zealous performance of mitzvot is swift (זריזין מקדימין למצוות).

Why is zeal equated with performing mitzvot at the first opportunity?

How fast are we required to rush to fulfill a mitzva?

Is it better to rush and minimally fulfill a mitzva or to wait until you can do the mitzva better?

Should a brit mila be scheduled in the early morning or later when more guests can attend?

Must Chanukka candles be lit at the beginning of the night, or can you wait and light them later?

We will survey the opinions of the great poskim on these and related matters.

Texts are in Hebrew; in class we will translate and explain the texts.

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