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WebYeshiva.org in the News

WebYeshiva in the News


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By: Rabbi Gideon D. Sylvester

January 31, 2013

Honoring a Jewish Revolutionary in Israel

On the day Israelis headed to the polls, I attended a ceremony honoring a great rabbi who brought Talmud learning to Modern Orthodox women in the 1970s and is now bringing yeshiva study to the Web: Rabbi Dr. Chaim Brovender.

As Israel prepares for a new government, there is much talk of fundamental changes in society and the fresh hope engendered by the new parties and politicians. Others remain skeptical; the challenges are enormous, revolutions are rare, and great leaders are in short supply.

Still, just occasionally, there is a seismic shift in the Jewish world, and I am fortunate enough to have witnessed one of them. On the day that Israelis went to the polls to elect new leaders that they hoped would make a difference, I attended a ceremony to honor a man who really has staged a revolution in the Jewish world, my teacher: Rabbi Dr. Chaim Brovender.


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Adult Ed Growing, At A Distance

For some students, Rabbi Chaim Brovender’s hour-long advanced Gemara class starts Sunday nights at 7 p.m. Others show up at 10 p.m. Meanwhile, the instructor begins the session bright and early the following day, at 5 a.m. But all are participating simultaneously — just in different time zones and at different computer screens all over the world.

It’s a scene that would be unimaginable to the sages of the Talmud — and one that even a decade ago might have sounded more science fiction than beit midrash. But for the approximately 800 mostly Orthodox adults enrolled in the Jerusalem-based WebYeshiva, which calls itself the “first fully interactive online Yeshiva and Midrasha for Jewish learning, Jewish study, and Torah learning,” it’s merely a convenient and affordable way to pursue Jewish studies.

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WebYeshiva.org: Anytime, Anyplace

By: Blueprint Staff

October 10, 2011

WebYeshiva.org, one of the first interactive online Jewish Studies programs, announced that it will now make Torah learning accessible to students worldwide by offering courses in various languages and making them available to view on MP4 devices, breaking both the language and time-zone barriers of previously offered courses. In addition to English, the program is now offering courses in Spanish, Polish and Russian.

Students can experience the interactivity and dynamism of Torah classes, no matter where they are located. WebYeshiva.org and Soul Train, an organization dedicated to connecting small and outlying communities to Jewish enrichment programs, are offering a course in Spanish on the basics of Judaism and a course on Maimonides’ 13 Principles of Faith. The class in Polish was a three-part mini series called “Who are the Jews?” given by Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland. The organization also offers a full range of courses in Russian and an accompanying website in the language, www.webyeshiva.ru.

WebYeshiva.org is also making its courses available for MP4 devices so that students around the world can access the interactive courses at any time, even if they can”t participate in the live courses. According to the Sloan Consortium, there are more than 5.6 million students who took an online class in the fall of 2010, and more than 22% of those students supplemented their learning by downloading their classes onto their MP3 and MP4 players. WebYeshiva.org is giving Torah learning the same accessibility so that students are afforded the same learning opportunities for Judaic studies as are available for college courses.

“WebYeshiva.org is making it possible for anyone, regardless of location, to participate in sophisticated, high-level Torah learning,” said Rabbi Yedidya Rausman, Founding Director of WebYeshiva.org. “The MP4 format and courses in various languages broadens our global reach to any country in the world by breaking the time zone barriers and making our courses available any time of day or night. This fulfills our mission of making Torah accessible and convenient to anyone who would like to learn.


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Online Hebrew Classes Offered in US, UK

By: Rabbi Levi Brackman and Rivkah Lubitch

July 10, 2011

New partnership allows student around world to study Torah, Hebrew language anytime, anywhere

WebYeshiva.org, the first fully-interactive online Jewish studies program, has announced a new partnership with Ulpan-Or, an innovative center for Hebrew learning based in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, to bring a unique method of Hebrew-language instruction to the United States, the UK and South Africa.

WebYeshiva.org uses the latest video-conferencing technology to offer real-time, interactive Torah classes.

“Our technology allows students around the world to study Torah and now Hebrew language anytime, anywhere,” said Rabbi Yedidya Rausman, founding director of WebYeshiva.org. “Our goal is to make learning more accessible to the Jewish community around the world.”


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Torah Technology for the Hearing-Impaired

By: Rachel Schwartzberg

WebYeshiva.org opened its virtual doors in 2007 to enable anyone, anywhere, to participate in an interactive Torah class. The Israel-based Web site offers courses around the clock to accommodate all schedules and time zones, reaching some 6,000 students in 52 countries, to date.

Now, the innovative site is making Torah study even more accessible by offering its first course for hearing-impaired students—in conjunction with the Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel and the Jewish Agency for Israel—with simultaneous translation into American Sign Language.

Here’s how WebYeshiva.org works: When you sign up for a class, special software automatically installs on your computer, allowing you to see and hear the teacher and other students and to participate. If you have a Web cam and microphone, the teacher and other students can hear and see you as well.

For this newest course—called Jewish Laws of Shabbat: Cooking—students see both the teacher and the simultaneous translator onscreen.

Offering this service “just made sense,” said Rabbi Yedidya Rausman, founding director of WebYeshiva.org. “We have the technology. We have [created] bridges of learning geographically—and now this is the next step.” He hopes the service will spread to most of WebYeshiva.org’s classes in the future.

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By: Raphael Ahren

February 11, 2011

LITTLE HOUSE IN JERUSALEM: More than 60 people – mostly Anglos – gathered Sunday in the Jerusalem house of S.Y. Agnon, who died in 1970, for the first of a series of lectures that analyzes the Nobel laureate’s short stories in English. Another 60-odd people followed the lecture on the Web, logging in from all over the world including Brazil, Japan and Poland. “The course is aimed at anyone [who] wants to both engage with Agnon’s Nobel-winning writing, but might be unable to do so in the original Hebrew, as well as study the canon of classical Jewish sources Agnon was drawing on,” lecturer Rabbi Jeffrey Saks told Anglo File. Saks is the founding director of Jerusalem-based ATID – Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions, which organized the course together with the Agnon House. “Agnon once remarked, ‘My home is small but there is space in my home for a man like me who does not seek grandeur.’ We now have the space Agnon dreamed of to invite participants from all over the world to ‘virtually’ enter Agnon’s home,” said Nicole Goldstein Strassman, the Agnon House’s director of English programs. The course meets Sundays at 7:30 P.M. through March 6. For more information visit WebYeshiva.org/Agnon.

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Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, Director of ATID, was recently interviewed by Josh Broide on BlogTalkRadio, about WebYeshiva.org.

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Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, Director of ATID, was recently interviewed on Israel Broadcasting Authority’s (IBA) Culture Report, discussing the Midrash Agnon course he is currently teaching.

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The Human Spirit: Long-distance learning

By: Barbara Sofer

February 4, 2011

WebYeshiva’s Torah classes over the Internet goes beyond watching and listening. In real time, students send in questions, comments and challenges from all over the world.

When Rabbi Chaim Brovender retired after 40 years of teaching in men and women’s yeshivot here, this pioneer of learning programs for secularly educated beginners and women’s Talmud classes announced the launching of WebYeshiva, distance learning of serious Torah classes over the Internet. These sessions would go beyond watching and listening.

In real time, students could send in questions, comments and challenges from all over the world.

Last Hanukka, Brovender demonstrated at the Association of American and Canadians in Israel center in Jerusalem. Several hundred of us were in the audience, enjoying freshly fried jelly doughnuts during the class. Students on five continents and different time zones were sending in questions and comments. Indeed, Torah from Zion.

While our experience of being in the actual classroom had the benefit of experiencing the teacher’s presence, as well as the doughnuts, the ability of the computerized class to reach isolated students was remarkable. More than 6,000 students from 52 countries have taken part in such sessions over the three years, and on the night of the Hanukka class, many came from far-flung communities in North and South America, from Western Europe and one from Poland.

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Online Course Analyzes Agnon’s Stories

WebYeshiva.org Jewish studies program brings Nobel laureate’s teachings outside of Israel, for first time via internet

WebYeshiva.org, the first fully-interactive online Jewish studies program, announced recently a new course entitled “Midrash Agnon” that analyzes Nobel laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon’s short stories in English.

The course will be broadcast live from Agnon’s Jerusalem house, bringing the teachings of S.Y. Agnon’s works outside of Israel, for the first time via the internet.

“Midrash Agnon” will be given live by Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, founding director of the Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions (ATID), parent organization of WebYeshiva.org, at the Agnon House in Talpiot, Jerusalem.

The five-part series begins Sunday, February 6, and can be joined live in Jerusalem or via the simultaneous online broadcast at WebYeshiva.org. The course will focus on analyzing Agnon’s short stories from a literary perspective while unraveling the undertones of classical Jewish sources present in his writings.

In addition, the class will discuss many theological, cultural and spiritual questions of that time including the viability of Judaism in the Diaspora, the continuity of tradition in the face of modernity, and the meaning of the return to the Land of Israel.

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By: The Marker

January 21, 2011

S LONDON BRIDGE: WebYeshiva.org, the first interactive online Torah study program, and the 150-year-old London School of Jewish Studies last week announced a new partnership the two organizations say will broaden their reach to students U.K., Western Europe and South Africa. “The partnership joins two great Torah institutions together with the similar goal of providing high-level Jewish studies to students all around the world,” said Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, founding director of Atid – The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education, the Jerusalem-based parent organization of WebYeshiva.org. As part of the partnership, the modern Orthodox London School of Jewish Studies will have two educators teaching courses on WebYeshiva.org, which was created by well-known Jerusalemite Rabbi Chaim Brovender. Raphael Zarum, chief executive and head of faculty at LSJS, will be teaching a course entitled “Darwin and the Tree of Life” and LSJS teaching fellow, Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz, will be administering a course on the Book of Ezekiel.

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Jewish Studies Goes Online

January 20, 2011

The London School of Jewish Studies is joining forces with Rabbi Chaim Brovender’s WebYeshiva.org to run interactive online courses.

In the virtual classroom, students can see, speak to or text their teacher and classmates. “We want to bring our ethos to a wider audience,” said LSJS chief executive Dr Raphael Zarum. “Our goal is to offer courses that combine intellectual scholarship with modern relevancy to students beyond our physical campus.”

A force in Torah learning, Rabbi Brovender is president of the Jerusalem-based Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish education, Atid.

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WebYeshiva.org To Broadcast Free Classes from Sick Student’s Home, January 23

Thursday 20 January 2011

WebYeshiva.org, the first fully interactive online Torah studies program, announced that the “virtual” yeshiva will become “live” with rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Chaim Brovender, traveling to remote northern Swiecie, Poland to be with one of his online students. WebYeshiva.org will offer a day of free Torah courses on January 23 that will be broadcast live from the home of Joel Nowicki, who is battling cancer. The day of learning will be in the merit of his full recovery.

Joel Nowicki has participated daily in multiple hours of learning at WebYeshiva.org from his bed in Poland. Rabbi Chaim Brovender and Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, founding director of ATID (WebYeshiva’s parent body), will now travel to Poland to teach Joel personally. “There are times when the ‘virtual’ connection is not enough,” says Rabbi Chaim Brovender. Quoting a Gemara from Berachot 5b he adds, “A rebbi must travel to his student, bring some light, hold his hand, and raise him up.”

The day of learning will incorporate classes in Gemara, Tanach, Jewish thought, and Jewish law given by leading educators, including: Rabbi Chaim Brovender, Rabbi Dovid Fink, Rabbi Stuart Fischman, Mrs. Osnat Goldman, Rabbi Yehoshua Goldman, and Rabbi Jeffrey Saks.

“It is deeply touching that Rabbi Brovender and Rabbi Saks are coming across the world to be here with me,” says Joel Nowicki. “It means a lot to me to have my teachers here—in front of me. These are the people who have inspired me over the last few years. Their words have impacted me profoundly in a place that has little Jewish studies available.”

WebYeshiva.org is accepting donations to help cover Joel’s needs. To contact WebYeshiva.org, e-mail office@webyeshiva.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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New partnership aimed at bringing torah to Web announced

WebYeshiva.org, a Torah study program on the Web, and the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) announced on Monday a new partnership expected to broaden their reach to students based in the UK, Western Europe, and South Africa.

The partnership between the London School of Jewish Studies and WebYeshiva.org is aimed to provide students with high-level, interactive learning that is intellectually rigorous, inspiring and relevant to modern life, regardless of physical location.

“The partnership joins two great Torah institutions together with the similar goal of providing high-level Jewish studies to students all around the world,” says Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, Founding Director of The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education (ATID), parent organization of WebYeshiva.org. “LSJS and WebYeshiva.org, together, can enhance Torah education in English-speaking countries across the globe – we are bridging the geographical gap and uniting culturally diverse students on one platform.”



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WebYeshiva and London School of Jewish Studies announce partnership

JERUSALEM (Press Release)– WebYeshiva.org, the first fully-interactive Torah study program on the Web, and the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) announce on Monday a new partnership. The partnership will broaden WebYeshiva.org and LSJS’s reach to students based in the UK, Western Europe, and South Africa.

The partnership between the London School of Jewish Studies and WebYeshiva.org is aimed to provide students with high-level, interactive learning that is intellectually rigorous, inspiring and relevant to modern life, regardless of physical location. The London School of Jewish Studies is a vibrant Modern Orthodox center of Jewish learning based in London that has educated thousands of students since its inception, over 150 years ago.  WebYeshiva.org was founded to enrich the lives of Jewish students all around the world by making Torah learning accessible to anyone, anywhere.

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Online Torah study class to accommodate the hearing impaired

by Hilary Daninhirsch

The integration of ancient text and modern technology is the foundation of WebYeshiva.org, a website that allows students to learn Torah online via real-time, interactive classrooms.

Now,WebYeshiva.org has made it possible for hearing-impaired people to join in.

Beginning in January, the website will offer its first class for deaf students, called “Jewish Laws of Shabbat: Cooking.”

The upcoming course was a result of interest shown by some potential students for a class to accommodate the hearing-impaired.

The mission of WebYeshiva.org is to “use a portal that can reach as many people as possible to spread Torah and Jewish learning throughout the world,” says Rabbi Yedidya Rausman, who, along with Rabbi Chaim Brovender, co-founded the service in 2007.  To date, approximately 6,000 students from 52 countries have logged on.

The new course, which will be taught by Rabbi Gabe Pransky, is currently being offered on a trial basis, and there has already been good feedback; the course will officially start Jan. 16, 2011.

“It’s using modern technology to its utmost,” said Rausman. “There are so many factors that could make it not work.  Not only does it work, but it works extraordinarily well.  Nothing in the technical world is perfect, but it’s as good as we can hope it to be.”

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Jewish Education and Technology

By: Rabbi Yedidya Rausman


Rabbi Yedidya Rausman is the Founding Director of WebYeshiva.org. He received his BA at CUNY Queens College and his rabbinical ordination from Yeshivat Hamivtar and Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. In this article, he explores the possibilities in live, interactive, distance-learning programs.



Over the last ten years, retail sales, communication and education have changed dramatically. Instead of shopping at the traditional marketplace, making a phone call or attending classes at a typical brick-and-mortar building, society today has evolved to an online platform where Amazon.com, Facebook, Twitter and online universities are growing substantially. The expansion of the Internet has created a revolution that makes opportunities available just with the click of a mouse. In fact, despite the recent economic downturn, Amazon.com has been listed in Forbes.com as one of the fastest growing retailers with 80% growth over the last three years. Facebook currently has more than 500 million active users, and as of June 2010, Twitter had 65 million tweets per day. The statistics are testimony to an ever-changing world that is evolving to an online platform that is expanding as fast as technology capabilities allow.

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The world’s first interactive online Torah study program

Jews of every color, shape and size unite in cyberspace to study topics ranging from traditional Gemara to Jewish culture, Zionism, and Jewish weddings.

By Riva Gold

What do an 85-year-old Israeli, a 10-year-old homeschooler, and a 33-year-old Polish Jew have in common? They all study at WebYeshiva.org, the world’s first fully interactive online Torah study program. The site, founded in 2007, brings Jews from across the world together to study Torah in real-time using video-conferencing technology.

Students enrolled at the site can participate in interactive classroom sessions via webcam and direct questions to rabbis in every time zone. The yeshiva/midrasha (women’s seminary) offers courses at various levels, covering topics ranging from traditional Gemara to Jewish culture, Zionism, and Jewish weddings.

“Every time I log on, I’m amazed that I get to participate in such a high level of Jewish learning from Hawaii, literally the farthest edge of the galut,” says participant Sheri Levin.

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What happens when you combine Jewish educators with the internet? A plethora of new opportunities for those who want to learn. WebYeshiva.org, the web-based Torah study program, is offering one of the first opportunities for deaf and hearing impaired students to participate in a mainstream classroom setting for Torah studies. The course, entitled “Jewish Laws of Shabbat: Cooking,” will be given in American Sign Language. On-line learning on the university level is also expanding to people who previously lacked access to it, in places as far-flung as Indonesia and Pakistan. Shai Reshef, an Israeli entrepreneur, has founded the world’s first tuition-free on-line University, the University of the People.

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WebYeshiva.org featured in Inside Magazine.

Going the Distance

By Kathryn Levy Feldman

The future of religious study?

For those committed to learning Torah in a yeshiva/midrasha (women’s seminar) environment, WebYeshiva may be the answer. Launched in November 2007, WebYeshiva is committed to making in-depth, meaningful Jewish learning accessible to Jews all over the world, regardless of their location, background or schedule. WebYeshiva operates in real time (known in the online education world as synchronistic learning), which means that everyone logs on at the same time and uses video technology to interact with each other and the teacher.

What this means for Lower Merion resident Beth Ben Avraham, a student in the Gemara (part of the Talmud that contains rabbinical analysis of the Mishnah) class is that, four nights a week, when she logs on to her computer at 10:00 p.m., she is able to chat with the rabbi teaching the class from Israel (where it is 5:00 a.m.) and see her other classmates, who are scattered across the world. “It feels just like a classroom and it is truly incredible,” notes Ben Avraham. “For an Orthodox woman who is serious about learning, there are few options. I am eager to do this and grateful that the opportunity exists.”

According to one of the teachers, Rabbi Yedidya Rausman, WebYeshiva has over 2,000 students who have attended classes “from the four corners of the world.” In addition to classic Torah texts, WebYeshiva offers courses in Hebrew Ulpan, Jewish history, discussions on the State of Israel and many more. Technically, to join WebYeshiva, all that is needed is a computer with a broadband connection and speakers or headphones. A microphone and webcam are optional (but recommended), so that you can be seen and heard by the teacher and the other participants. The text being studied comes up on the left side of the screen and the video displays and instant chats appear on the right. WebYeshiva charges tuition for its courses and also offers financial aid. There is also 24-hour live technical support.

“We have recently launched WebYeshiva.ru, which is WebYeshiva for Russian speakers,” Rausman notes from Israel. “With a near round-the clock schedule of classes on a variety of different subjects and levels, anyone with access to the Internet can enter the world of online Jewish learning.” Operating under Orthodox auspices, WebYeshiva does not offer any classes to non-Jews and expects that its students will be serious and dedicated to learning and understanding the material.

For the full article, please click here. The article starts on Page 33, and WebYeshiva.org is mentioned on Page 47.



WebYeshiva.org featured on IBA News.

Rabbi Yedidya Rausman, Director of WebYeshiva.org was interviewed by the IBA (Israel Broadcasting Agency) about virtual, interactive Torah study on the internet specifically during the High Holidays (Yamim Noraim).

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Online Jewish education takes Torah to the web
by Justin JacobsAssociate Editor

August 20, 2010
<i>Chronicle photo by Justin Jacobs<br>             Jonathan Loring of Squirrel Hill began taking online Jewish education classes about three years ago.</i>

Jonathan Loring of Squirrel Hill began

taking online Jewish education classes

about three years ago.


For thousands of years, Jewish education has involved several distinct objects: texts such the Torah and Talmud, a table, some chairs, debate, discussion and several people.

Recently, you can add a computer to that list.

Largely this century, Jewish online education has swept through the world of Jewish learning, creating a new, changing landscape in which Jews are studying and talking — or typing, as it were — often from their own homes, which begs the question: without a physical community of learners, how Jewish is online Jewish education?

That answer, according to Jewish education professionals, is not a black and white one, as many websites offer virtual classrooms allowing students to talk through video and web-chatting technology.

Gratz College offers Internet classes under the banner Gratz Online. Hebrew University of Jerusalem offers similar online courses; it seems universities not offering some online options are now in the minority. The growing trend now is Jewish learning not tied to any physical institution.

WebYeshiva credits itself as “the first interactive, text-based Torah study program on the web.”

“Interactivity is the way to go,” said Yedidya Rausman, founding director of the site. “It’s the only way to learn.”

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A conversation with Rabbi Chaim Brovender, educator

By Simone September 21 2008

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With the High Holidays almost upon us, Jerusalemite has decided to go rabbinic with this week’s interview, speaking with Rabbi Chaim Brovender, long-time Jerusalem resident and founder of the Web Yeshiva, which is bringing the Torah of Jerusalem to the far reaches of the globe. The Web Yeshiva is headquartered on HaNassi St., next to the President’s house, though Rabbi Brovender is quick to point out that he’s not sure the President knows they’re there. Prior to his involvement with the Web Yeshiva, Rabbi Brovender was the founder and  long-time Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat.


Elul and the High Holidays can be felt in the air in Jerusalem probably more than anywhere else. How would you characterize what goes on here for those who are not familiar? In Jerusalem, the world operates according to the holidays. It’s not as though people run into them. It takes a long time to get to Rosh Hashanah, it takes a long time to get to Yom Kippur, and that process if felt here. Sukkot is sort of like a festival in Jerusalem, everyone has a sukkah. In other places, the ambience isn’t there, you have to find a little corner to go do the mitzvot [ritual commandments], but here everyone is doing them and everyone who comes here feels that. Having lived in Jerusalem for a long time, I never cease to wonder how seriously everyone takes these holiday-related mitzvot. Even the act of buying a lulav and etrog [part of the four species used on the Sukkot holiday] has a festival-type atmosphere here. The whole world becomes that world. There is no other world. That’s unique to Jerusalem.


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Online yeshiva offers free classes to prepare for holidays

The Canadian Jewish News

Friday, 15 August 2008

To make Torah study accessible to everyone – time limitations, geographic restrictions, or financial constraints notwithstanding — WebYeshiva, the world’s first on-line yeshiva, is offering a full complement of classes during Elul, the Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, in preparation for the Yamim Nora’im  — the High Holidays.

Elul zman — as the period is traditionally known – “has always been an intense and special time for the Jewish people, a time where we try a little harder to become the type of people that God wants us to be,” says noted American – Israeli educator Rabbi Chaim Brovender, who is the driving force behind WebYeshiva.  “In light of the seriousness and importance of Elul zman, WebYeshiva has decided to open its virtual doors to anyone who is interested in seriously studying Torah, no matter what their background.  Because of this we are offering classes tuition free.  All that is required is to come and learn with the seriousness that the month of Elul demands.”


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Cyber Yeshiva

by Stacey Miller, World Jewish Daily

July, 2008

The last time I was chided for being late to a Torah study class by someone called Mrs. Berman, I was 12 years old. So I couldn’t help but laugh recently when I found myself signing into a Torah study class at WebYeshiva.org – only to be told by a teacher of the same name that I was already two minutes late!

Launched in November, WebYeshiva utilizes the latest videoconferencing technology and offers fully interactive classes taught by some of the world’s leading Torah scholars. Although there are other Yeshiva Web sites – such as Yeshiva.org.il or Chabad.org, which enable users to write questions to a rabbi and wait for a reply – WebYeshiva is the first site to broadcast real-time interactive classes, in English, covering topics such as halacha (Jewish law), Tanach, Jewish business ethics, women’s issues and a Hebrew ulpan, among others.


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… and the online yeshivah

by Marcus Freed, The Jewish Chronicle

May 29, 2008

The Torah is going from out of Zion further and faster than ever via the world’s first fully interactive online yeshivah.

Having just entered its second semester, the Web Yeshiva enables students to join a live online shiur (Torah lesson), interacting with the teacher and fellow pupils through webcams. Advanced conferencing technology allows them to see the study texts on one part of the screen.

“We’re able to reach students all over the world from Alaska to New Zealand,” says Rabbi Chaim Brovender, the Israel-based principal and instigator of the project. “We also have regulars in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We’re getting to people who might otherwise not have access to learning.”


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Rabbi Brovender Interview on Radio-J.com

by Phil Fink

May 25, 2008

Radio-J.com recently interviewed Rabbi Brovender.

Radio-J.com delivers Jewish-themed programming – streamed live over the Internet – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The brainchild of veteran broadcaster Phil Fink and seasoned program director Shawn Fink, Radio-J.com provides an inviting, personal and unique connection to Judaism for people around the world.

Listen in MP3 Format at 9.5 MB – http://archives.webyeshiva.org/interviews/Brovender.mp3

Listen in Ogg Vorbis Format at 9.3 MB – http://archives.webyeshiva.org/interviews/Brovender.ogg


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Rabbi Brovender Interview on JM in the AM

Find out how to get involved in this amazing new learning opportunity inside.

by Nachum Segal

May 5, 2008

Nachum interviewed Rabbi Chaim Brovender, Rosh Yeshiva of the new http://www.webyeshiva.org/, about this exciting new avenue of Torah study on the internet. Rabbi Brovender explained how Web Yeshiva got started and why this new yeshiva can provide an ideal Torah study opportunity for people with challenging schedules. Nachum and Rabbi Brovender discussed the incredible staff of Torah lecturers on hand at Web Yeshiva to provide the ultimate on-line learning experience for all those who wish to participate.

Listen in MP3 Format at 9.4 MB – http://archives.webyeshiva.org/interviews/jm.mp3

Listen in Ogg Vorbis Format at 7.4 MB – http://archives.webyeshiva.org/interviews/jm.ogg


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Halacha is just a click away at online yeshiva

by Amy Klein, Jewish Journal

May 5, 2008

You can buy tickets online, get a college degree online, so why not attend yeshiva online?

Enter Web Yeshiva, the first real-time Torah center whose second semester begins May 6 with signups at www.webyeshiva.org. Sure, there are thousands of Web sites devoted to Jewish subjects, and plenty of podcasts that offer lectures on Judaism -the “ShasPod” even offers the entire daf yomi of daily Talmud learning loaded on an iPod – but “The Jewish People’s First Online Yeshiva,” as the Israel-based online program calls itself, offers real classes through web conferencing for people around the world.

“There are many people who would like to study Torah but aren’t doing so on a regular basis – either because no relevant classes are given in their communities, work schedules, or whatever,” said founder Rabbi Chaim Brovender. “Then there are people who attend shiurim in a passive way without internalizing the message. But Internet learning provides an option that enables more and more people to involve themselves in committed Torah study.”


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New WebYeshiva Brings the Whole World Into the Study Hall

by Ezra HaLevi, Arutz Sheva – Israel National News

May 4, 2008

A new virtual yeshiva allows Jews worldwide to experience the intensive Torah study of a Talmudic academy from their own video-enabled personal computers.

The Web Yeshiva (WebYeshiva.org) is a fully interactive Torah-study institution available online. Using video-chat and voice-over-IP web conferencing technology, students gather in a virtual classroom – seeing each other and the teachers clearly and even raising their hand with a question at the click of the mouse.

“I’ve been teaching Torah all my life and the audience has always been a live audience,” explained Rabbi Chaim Brovender, the Rosh Yeshiva [yeshiva dean] of WebYeshiva.org. “It occurred to me that there has to be a way to reach people who can’t come to the yeshiva, who can’t come to the shiur [class] where it is given. What we have developed is the ability to teach a real class – with preparation, homework and interaction – over the Internet. As you see it is happening. You can ask questions, you see the page of Talmud being studied. And aside from the initial difficulties of launching any web-based project, it is working very well. There are real students all week long, from 5 in the morning onward.”


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Apr. 24, 2008

When David Kohn became sick last January, he thought his days of learning in yeshiva were over.

The octogenarian Ma’aleh Adumim resident had been in the habit of traveling into Jerusalem a number of times a week to hear shiurim in a local yeshiva, but realized that the trips were taking a serious toll on his health.

But as he recuperated at home, Kohn came across Web Yeshiva, a new initiative designed to bring the yeshiva experience to every home with computer access. Now, Kohn attends a Gemara shiur three times a week, and is an enthusiastic convert to the concept.

“It’s a satisfying, inspiring experience,” says Kohn. “You feel like the teacher is right there.” There are other on-line venues of Torah study, of course, and millions of megabytes of downloadable shiurim, but the Jerusalem-based Web Yeshiva is offering a different approach to Internet learning – one based primarily on the immediate experience of live Torah classes.

Rabbi Chaim Brovender, who founded local institutions Yeshivat Hamivtar and Midreshet Lindenbaum, is the head and founder of Web Yeshiva: “Most adult education classes available around the world are given for tired people, by tired people,” says Brovender. “I wanted to give people the experience of an ‘event’ of learning.”


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WebYeshiva Partners With Lamdeni

Study Any Subject, Anywhere, Anytime

Want to learn Hebrew or any other subject from Israel?

Seeking to help Olim and prospective Olim educationally, emotionally and culturally in the early stages of transition to Israeli life, WebYeshiva and Lamdeni are offering online, interactive tutoring in Hebrew or school subjects your child will encounter upon aliyah. 1-on-1 tutoring or classes in small groups available.


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Free Pesach Shiurim on the Web

by A Mother in Israel blog

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I hope you are all coping well with your Pesach preparations. But if a spiritual and intellectual interlude sounds good to you, schedule some time on Sunday, April 13th. On that day (and night) Rabbi Brovender’s Atid WebYeshiva is sponsoring a special series of Pesach Shiurim. You can even listen while you’re cleaning–I won’t tell.

Signup and participation is free.


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Learning Experience

Though he recently left his position as head of Yeshivat Hamivtar, Rabbi Chaim Brovender says his career is far from over. Now he has set his sights on the Internet.


Friday, July 6, 2007

jewish news On the night of October 5, 2000, at the outset of the second intifada, Rabbi Chaim Brovender, the founder of Yeshivat Hamivtar in Efrat, was traveling along the Tunnel Road connecting Gush Etzion with Jerusalem when a crowd of Arabs from Beit Jala stopped him. After being pulled from his car and severely beaten, he was taken to a Palestinian police station in Bethlehem, where he was further harassed before being thankfully transferred to the IDF alive.

During his subsequent hospitalization and recovery, which took several months, many people, his wife Miriam recalls, asked him what he thought of the incident. “‘I’m just a part of Jewish history,’ he would say.”

Brovender’s part in that history saw him become one of the most influential rabbis in contemporary Torah education.


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