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Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Rabbi Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. Since 1989 he has been studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.
Halachot of Purim and Pesach

Halachot of Purim and Pesach

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Purim and Pesach are busy holidays, full of excitement, joy, and memories. In this course we'll take a look at some of the detailed laws to better understand these holidays.

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Shem Mishmuel on Purim and Pesach

Shem Mishmuel on Purim and Pesach

Chassidut & Kabbala
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Join us as we explore and learn the about Purim and Pesach from the perspective of the Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain. His work is considered a major work in Hassidic thought.

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Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Ohr HaChaim

Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Ohr HaChaim

Chassidut & Kabbala
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Join us as we explore and learn the weekly Torah portion from the perspective of the Ohr HaChaim, Ḥayyim ben Moshe ibn Attar.

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Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Ohr HaChaim

Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Ohr HaChaim

Chassidut & Kabbala
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Join us as we explore and learn the weekly Torah portion from the perspective of the Ohr HaChaim, Ḥayyim ben Moshe ibn Attar.

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Halachot of Electricity on Shabbat

Halachot of Electricity on Shabbat

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Modernity brought a number of questions up in Jewish law, in particular surrounding the use of electricity on Shabbat. How does Jewish law view use of electricity on shabbat? In this course we will look at some of the earlier sources, such as the Chazon Ish zt"l and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l, as well as some more current poskim including Rav Asher Weiss and Rav Nachum Rabinowitz of Ma'aleh Adumim.

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Halachot of Electricity on Shabbat

Halachot of Electricity on Shabbat

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Modernity brought a number of questions up in Jewish law, in particular surrounding the use of electricity on Shabbat. How does Jewish law view use of electricity on shabbat? In this course we will look at some of the earlier sources, such as the Chazon Ish zt"l and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach zt"l, as well as some more current poskim including Rav Asher Weiss and Rav Nachum Rabinowitz of Ma'aleh Adumim.

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Prayers of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

Prayers of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

Special: Other Topics in Judaism
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur prayers have a unique structure and very specific layout, designed to enhance our holiday, bring us closer to teshuva (repentance) and closer to God. In this series we will look at the prayers and try to understand them in order to prepare for the upcoming High Holidays.

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The Sacred Synagogue

NEW! The Sacred Synagogue

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The synagogue is the house of prayer, as well as the center of Jewish life. In this course we will explore the laws concerning etiquette, management, and the construction of the synagogue.

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Who Can Eat Kitniyot? April 5

Who Can Eat Kitniyot? April 5

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

A large and growing segment of the Jewish population are eating kitniyot, the group of legumes which originally only Jews from Sephardic countries ate during Pesach. Join this class and learn about how the custom evolved, what it means, and who eats kitniyot today.

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All About Matza, March 29

All About Matza, March 29

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Eating matza is one of the most well-known mitzvot of the seder and Pesach itself, but there are various kinds of matza and various customs about when to eat them. Join this course to learn all about matza including shmura matza, machine-made matza, the difference between the two, and how halacha deals with technology in making matza.

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The Purim Feast: Where, When & How, March 22

The Purim Feast: Where, When & How, March 22

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The Purim seuda, or feast, is one of the most important mitzvot of the holiday. Unlike other festive occasions it only begins to take place during the day and not at night. Why is this the case and why is there a seuda in the first place? Who is invited and are there any special foods? Join this class to find out the answers to these questions and more.

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To Listen & Remember: Parshat Zachor, March 15

To Listen & Remember: Parshat Zachor, March 15

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

What is the mitzvah of Parshat Zachor and why is remembering before Purim so important? After all, there is a custom to say this as part of a number of remembrances after the daily morning prayers. Join this class and we will explore this topic through the Gemara, Rambam, Sefer hachinuch, and other sources.

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The Meaning of Freedom: Rav Shagar on Pesach, March 27 & April 3

The Meaning of Freedom: Rav Shagar on Pesach, March 27 & April 3

Chassidut & Kabbala
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

We will explore the concept of freedom through the teachings of Rav Shagar. Rav Shimon Gershon Rosenberg zt"l (known to the Israeli public as "Rav Shagar") was a creative Rosh Yeshiva and writer. He combined in his essays classic Hassidic ideas with modern values and arrived at original interpretations of the mitzvot.

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The Meaning of Happiness: Rav Shagar on Purim, March 13 & 20

The Meaning of Happiness: Rav Shagar on Purim, March 13 & 20

Chassidut & Kabbala
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

We will study the ideas of Rav Shagar on the holiday of Purim, and explore what it means to be happy. Rav Shimon Gershon Rosenberg zt"l (known to the Israeli public as "Rav Shagar") was a creative Rosh Yeshiva and writer. He combined in his essays classic Hassidic ideas with modern values and arrived at original interpretations of the mitzvot.

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Lost & Found

NEW! Lost & Found

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

In Jewish law we have the concept of "Hashavat Aveida", returning a lost object. To what lengths must one go to find an object's owner and return the lost item? What should one do if the owner cannot be found? Are the rules different for something of greater value? Join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman to discuss these and other fascinating topics regarding lost and found items.

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Hassidic Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Shem Mishmuel

Hassidic Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Shem Mishmuel

Chassidut & Kabbala
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Join us as we explore and learn the weekly Torah portion from the perspective of the Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain. His work is considered a major work in Hassidic thought.

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Hassidic Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Shem Mishmuel

Hassidic Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Shem Mishmuel

Chassidut & Kabbala
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Join us as we explore and learn the weekly Torah portion from the perspective of the Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain. His work is considered a major work in Hassidic thought.

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Hassidic Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Shem Mishmuel

Hassidic Lessons on the Weekly Parsha from Shem Mishmuel

Chassidut & Kabbala
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Join us as we explore and learn the weekly Torah portion from the perspective of the Shem Mishmuel, Rabbi Shmuel Bornsztain. His work is considered a major work in Hassidic thought.

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NEW! Laws of Lulav and Sukkot

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The Torah commands that for seven days we shall dwell in booths and to shake the lulav (palm branch) and etrog (citrus fruit from the "Hadar tree"). What does this mean, what is required of us, and what is the significance of these laws?

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NEW! The Gates of Repentance

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

   During this year's Elul z'man we will be learning the מוסר work, שערי תשובה  (Gates of Repentance), which was written in the 13th century by Rabeinu Yonah, who lived in Spain. שערי תשובה  is not a book which is easy to read. Even more than חובות הלבבות which we studied during the past year (and to which we will return, בלי נדר, during the coming winter) שערי תשובה makes demands on us. Rabbeinu Yonah does not only encourage us to do   תשובה. He warns us about the consequences of failure to do תשובה.

   שערי תשובה is a fixture in yeshivot and is intensively studied by students as they prepare for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Hakippurim. However, I have noticed, that among laypeople, the ba'alei batim, שערי תשובה is not studied. It may be that yeshiva students can relate to the spiritual challenge of Rabbeinu Yonah more readily than people who work in the "outside world." It probably is true that people who have "real jobs" respond more readily to the poetry in אורות התשובה  and the concepts in על התשובה than they do to the unsparing language in שערי תשובה.

    Nevertheless, I think that it is important to learn שערי תשובה during אלול. During the עשרת ימי תשובה the text of the Shmoneh Esrei prayer is changed to reflect the fact that during those days we are on trial before God. If any of us were to be on trial before a human judge wouldn't we prepare ourselves as best we could before our appearance in court? Of course we would. It follows that when we are on trial before Hashem we should prepare ourselves as best we can. I think that the group study of שערי תשובה  will help us to better appreciate the opportunity that is תשובה.

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NEW! Shmura Matza: How the Custom Came to Be (April 1, 2014)

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The Torah commands that on Passover we rid our homes of leavened foods (Chametz) and eat Matza. The prohibition against Chametz is so strong that we are extremely careful to ensure that there is no contamination whatsoever of our Matza. In this class Rabbi Dr. Fischman will explain the development of the custom to eat only Matza guarded from the earliest point in production; the growing of the wheat.

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The Principles of the Beit Din

NEW! The Principles of the Beit Din

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Looking for a people's court? Try the Beit Din.  Rabbinical courts (Batei Din) have become the object of media attention in an unprecedented manner. They have been attacked as inefficient (at best) or vice-ridden (at worst). Nevertheless they are supposed to serve an important purpose. In this series of shiurim we will will study the principles which guide Rabbinic courts and hopefully we will understand the hows and whys of their operation.

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NEW! Yom Kippur: Fasting From the Depths (September 10)

Special: Other Topics in Judaism
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

In this class we will learn about fasting on Yom Kippur through a meaningful responsa written in the Kovno Ghetto by Rabbi Ephraim Oshry in his book "She'eilot Uteshuvot Mima'amakim" (Questions and Answers from the Depth).

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NEW! Sukkot: When to Eat in the Hut (September 17)

Special: Other Topics in Judaism
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The Torah commands that for seven days the Jewish people dwell in huts called "Sukkot". This commandment includes eating in the sukkah. In this class, we will discuss when and under what circumstances one must eat in the sukkah. Who is obligated? What does someone who is traveling or working in an office do?

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NEW! Rosh Hashana: Synagogue Dues (September 3)

Special: Other Topics in Judaism
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Each year around the high holidays synagogues collect membership dues from constituents. How should synagogues asses the amount charged for dues? Are they permitted to refuse partiicipation in Rosh Hashana serves to those who do not pay dues? Can they prevent a non-member from listening to the shofar?

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NEW! Laws of Employment

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

In this course we will learn about employee/employer laws and ethics on issues such as striking, spying on workers, paying wages on time, and more.

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NEW! Laws of Honesty and Fraud

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Jewish law informs all parts of our day to day lives, including how we run our businesses. In this course, we will talk about the laws surrounding commerce. What is considered fraud? How can we ensure we are being as honest and ethical as possible?

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NEW! Is Your Chicken Kosher?

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

When we check food for the "kosher" label, what are we really looking at? In this course we will learn about what factors go in to determining whether chickens are kosher and why some people might label something as kosher that others would say is not.

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NEW! Matzah at the Seder

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

One of the main components of the mitzvot of Passover is the consumption of Matzah at the Seder. Learn more about what is required and what it all means.

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Chovot Halevavot: Duties of the Heart (Spring 2014)

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Chovot Halevavot is the oldest systematic book on ethics that we have. It was written By Rabbeinu Bachya in the 11th century.

For previous classes please click here.

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NEW! The Jewish Moneylender

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The Torah prohibits the charging of interest. Learn the laws of Jewish moneylending and interest.

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Chovot Halevavot: Duties of the Heart (Fall2014)

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Chovot Halevavot is the oldest systematic book on ethics that we have. It was written By Rabbeinu Bachya in the 11th century.

For previous classes please click here.


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Chovot Halevavot: Duties of the Heart (Summer 2014)

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Chovot Halevavot is the oldest systematic book on ethics that we have. It was written By Rabbeinu Bachya in the 11th century.

For previous classes please click here.


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NEW! Laws of Employment (Spring 2014)

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

In this course we will learn about employee/employer laws and ethics on issues such as striking, spying on workers, paying wages on time, and more.

Please click here for previous classes.

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NEW! Jews and Non-Jews in the Kitchen

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Judaism includes many special laws about foods cooked or prepared by non-Jews. In this class, we will focus on food cooked by non-Jews (Bishul Akum), bread baked by non-Jews (Pat Akum) and dairy products farmed by non-Jews (Chalav Akum).

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Messilat Yesharim Part 2

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

By studying Mesillat Yesharim we will be studying what it means to live as a Jew. Mesillat Yesharim is not only a classic because of its content, but it is one of the few books of Jewish thought that has been embraced by all the streams of Jewish practice, and has been endorsed by the Gaon of Vilna as well as Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz whose lectures on Mesillat Yesharim have been published.

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Laws of Vows

Laws of Vows

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Sound familiar: "I swear to God I will never do it again!" How many times have you said this and more importantly -can you 'swear to God?'

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Laws of Vows

Laws of Vows

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Sound familiar: "I swear to God I will never do it again!" How many times have you said this and more importantly -can you 'swear to God?'

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Strive for Truth: Michtav MeEliyahu

Strive for Truth: Michtav MeEliyahu

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Rav Eliyahu Dessler zt"l (1892-1953) was one of the most original and profound teachers of Torah in the previous century. He served as mashgiach in the yeshivot of Gateshead in England and Ponovezh in Israel. His shiurim (recorded in the 5-volume work Michtav Me'Eliyahu by his students Rabbis Chaim Friedlander and Aryeh Carmel) cover all the areas which are of interest to the Jewish people. As an heir to the mussar tradition of Lithuania he is driven to bring his audience to a higher level of commitment to to serving Hashem.

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Strive for Truth: Michtav MeEliyahu

Strive for Truth: Michtav MeEliyahu

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Rav Eliyahu Dessler zt"l (1892-1953) was one of the most original and profound teachers of Torah in the previous century. He served as mashgiach in the yeshivot of Gateshead in England and Ponovezh in Israel. His shiurim (recorded in the 5-volume work Michtav Me'Eliyahu by his students Rabbis Chaim Friedlander and Aryeh Carmel) cover all the areas which are of interest to the Jewish people. As an heir to the mussar tradition of Lithuania he is driven to bring his audience to a higher level of commitment to to serving Hashem.

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NEW! The Passover Teachings of Rav Shagar

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Rav Shimon Gershon Rosenberg zt"l (known to the Israeli public as "Rav Shagar") was a creative Rosh Yeshiva and writer. He combined in his essays classic Hassidic ideas with modern values and arrived at original interpretations of the mitzvot. We will study three essays of Rav Shagar on the holiday of Pesach.

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Are Mezzuzot Lucky Charms?

NEW! Are Mezzuzot Lucky Charms?

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

One of the mitzvot which make the Jewish people distinctive is the mitzvah of mezuzah. Even non-Jews know that we put "little boxes" on our front doors. In the popular imagination the mezuzah is viewed as an an amulet or sort of "lucky charm" that Jews put on their doors to keep bad luck away. This is of course a trivialization of the mitzvah. In the course of these shiurim we will study the interpretations given by our sages to this mitzvah as well as the Halachot which govern it. I hope that the shiurim will be both enlightening as well as instructive.

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Chovot Halevavot: Duties of the Heart

Chovot Halevavot: Duties of the Heart

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Chovot Halevavot is the oldest systematic book on ethics that we have. It was written By Rabbeinu Bachya in the 11th century. For previous classes please click here.

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NEW! The Laws of Judges

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

In this class, we will discuss the significance of a Jewish judicial system, its rules and powers.

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NEW! The Laws of Inheritance

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

What can be inherited (property, positions in the community such as Rabbi)? Who can inherit (sons, daughters)? What allowances are made to leave property to non-relatives and institutions and what enactments have been made to allow daughters a share in their parents' estates?

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Messilat Yesharim

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

By studying Mesillat Yesharim we will be studying what it means to live as a Jew. Mesillat Yesharim is not only a classic because of its content, but it is one of the few books of Jewish thought that has been embraced by all the streams of Jewish practice, and has been endorsed by the Gaon of Vilna as well as Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz whose lectures on Mesillat Yesharim have been published.

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NEW! Halachot of Tekiat Shofar

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

This course will cover the halachot of tekiat shofar; (including the technical points of what sort of sounds need to be heard, the number of sounds, who is obligated to hear the shofar) as well as some of the ideas for explaining the mitzvah of tekiat shofar.

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Mesilat Yesharim: Part 5

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

By studying Mesillat Yesharim we will be studying what it means to live as a Jew. Mesillat Yesharim is not only a classic because of its content, but it is one of the few books of Jewish thought that has been embraced by all the streams of Jewish practice, and has been endorsed by the Gaon of Vilna as well as Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz whose lectures on Mesillat Yesharim have been published.

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Messilat Yesharim: Part 4

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

By studying Mesillat Yesharim we will be studying what it means to live as a Jew.
Mesillat Yesharim is not only a classic because of its content, but it is one of the few books of Jewish thought that has been embraced by all the streams of Jewish practice, and has been endorsed by the Gaon of Vilna as well as Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz whose lectures on Mesillat Yesharim have been published.

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NEW! The Laws of Marriage and Divorce

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

In this course we will discuss some aspects of the laws of marriage and divorce, as well as some of the lesser known laws of these two institutions.

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NEW! The Kuzari by Yehuda Halevi

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

The Kuzari by Yehuda Halevi is one of the most warmly received and popular medieval Sephardic texts. In the summer zman course at the Web Yeshiva we will discuss the distinctive style of the Kuzari. More importantly we will study the ideas on Judaism presented by Rabbi Yehudah HaLevi and compare them to the ideas of other thinkers. We hope that the course will provide an appreciation of how richly varied the field of Hashkafa truly is.

This class is dedicated to a Refuah Shelaima (full recovery) for Stella Frankl, Tzuriya Kochevet Bat Sarah.

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Messilat Yesharim Part 3

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

By studying Mesillat Yesharim we will be studying what it means to live as a Jew.
Mesillat Yesharim is not only a classic because of its content, but it is one of the few books of Jewish thought that has been embraced by all the streams of Jewish practice, and has been endorsed by the Gaon of Vilna as well as Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz whose lectures on Mesillat Yesharim have been published.

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NEW! Keeping Kosher on Passover

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

We will discuss the question of machine-made versus hand-made matzot and how the halacha is decided in this regard. Time permitting, we will also cover the topic of Kitniyot (Legumes).

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Jews & Non-Jews in the Kitchen

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Judaism includes many special laws about foods cooked or prepared by non-Jews. In this class, we will focus on food cooked by non-Jews (Bishul Akum), bread baked by non-Jews (Pat Akum) and dairy products farmed by non-Jews (Chalav Akum).

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Jews & Non-Jews in the Kitchen

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Judaism includes many special laws about foods cooked or prepared by non-Jews. In this class, we will focus on food cooked by non-Jews (Bishul Akum), bread baked by non-Jews (Pat Akum) and dairy products farmed by non-Jews (Chalav Akum).

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NEW! Messilat Yesharim Part 1

Machshava (Jewish Thought)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

By studying Mesillat Yesharim we will be studying what it means to live as a Jew. Mesillat Yesharim is not only a classic because of its content, but it is one of the few books of Jewish thought that has been embraced by all the streams of Jewish practice, and has been endorsed by the Gaon of Vilna as well as Prof. Yeshayahu Leibowitz whose lectures on Mesillat Yesharim have been published.

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NEW! Hilchot Geirut: The Laws of Conversion

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

What is the Halachic approach to converting to Judaism? We will start with the Gemara as background and then learn the teshuvot and discuss the various approaches the Rabbis hold with regard to conversion.

This class is dedicated to a Refuah Shelaima (full recovery) for Stella Frankl, Tzuriya Kochevet Bat Sarah.

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Gemara II – Bava Kama Chapter 8

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed.

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Gemara II – Bava Kama Chapter 1

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system. Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed.

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Weekends @ WebYeshiva

Special: Other Topics in Judaism
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Are you too busy to learn during the week?

Join WebYeshiva.org's Sunday morning program. Specifically geared to those who lack time during the week to attend shiurim, Weekends@WebYeshiva is a way for you to take advantage of Torah learning during your weekend!

The program will showcase WebYeshiva's finest teachers and feature different topics every week.

You bring the coffee, we'll bring the Torah!

This Sunday, December 19th, Rabbi Stuart Fischman will be teaching 'The Mesillat Yesharim on Kedusha'. 

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Gemara II – Topics on Yom Kippur

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on? will be addressed.

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Gemara II- Yevamot Chapter 10

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.

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Gemara II – Sukkah Chapter 1 Part 2

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed. PLEASE NOTE: This class requires a minimum of 10 paying students in order to ensure its continuation this zman.

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Gemara II – Sukkah Chapter 1 Part 1

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Students will learn the Gemara through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system.  Questions such as, “Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on?” will be addressed. Please note that this class requires a minimum of 7 paying students in order to proceed. If this number is not reached, the class may be discontinued.

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Gemara II – Megilla Chapters 3-4

Mishna/Gemara (Talmud)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

Students will learn the Gemara in English through analysis of various Rishonim (medieval commentaries) and their relationship to the Gemara and the role they play in learning the text. Conceptual issues of the Gemara will be examined including a basic introduction to the role the Achronim (latter commentaries) play in the Halachic system. Questions such as, Who are the Achronim, what do they do, and who do they comment on? will be addressed.

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NEW! The Laws of Sukkot

Halacha (Jewish Law)
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman

This class will be based on Mishna Brurah and various sh'eilot u'tshuvot (responsa). It will cover topics, such as going on a trip during Sukkot when you won't have access to a sukkah, cloth-wall sukkot, etc.

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