In order to complete the WebYeshiva.org Halacha Mastery Program, participants are required to pass 6 courses. Three of the topics are mandatory and three may be chosen from our list of electives.
Kitchen & Kashrut – With Rabbi Gidon Rothstein: Learn about managing the kosher kitchen including the following topics: meat and milk, forbidden mixtures, bugs and blood, and an overview of standards and hechsherim. Available via archived recordings.
Kitchen & Shabbat – With Rabbi Gidon Rothstein: An overview of laws of cooking and reheating food on Shabbat, with an emphasis on the underlying principles of Shabbat melachah. Available via archived recordings.
Hilchot Niddah – A comprehensive study of Hilchot Niddah, including separate tracks for men, with Rabbi Dovid Fink, and women, with Mrs. Aviva Stern.The body of this course will consist of a careful, word-by-word study of the principle texts from the Mishna, Talmud, Rishonim, and modern authorities on the laws of family purity that apply today. This course is currently running live.
Mashgiach Kashrut – With Rabbi Dovid Fink: An in depth study of the mashgiach’s job, kashrut in larger settings such as hotels and restaurants, non-Jews working in the kitchen, and other issues that may arise which are different from in the home. Available via archived recordings.
Olam Hatefilah – With Rabbi Yoni Rosensweig: The world of prayer encompasses many important practical daily halachic topics including: Is tefilah a Torah or a Rabbinic commandment, women and tefilah, minyan, mechitza, kavanna, and more. This course is currently running live.
Shabbat & Technology – With Rabbi Dovid Fink: Muktzah, issues presented by technology and halacha, electricity and “modern” issues; overview of laws of medical treatment and pikuach nefesh on Shabbat. Available via archived recordings.
The Laws of Aveilut (Mourning) – With Rabbi David Brofsky: Topics include those of practical importance: aninut, burial, beginning of the seven days of mourning (shiva) and its laws and customs, the shloshim and twelve month periods of mourning, kaddish and yahrtzeit. Our primary text will be the Shulchan Arukh (Yoreh De’ah), but will we begin each topic from its Talmudic source and trace its development throughout the centuries until the modern era. Available via archived recordings.
*Scheduling and other information for these courses is subject to change.
Halacha Mastery students are invited to partake in the following completely optional recorded courses. These courses are not required and do not count towards graduating the Halacha Mastery Program.
World of Responsa – With Rabbi Gidon Rothstein: Through this in depth survey, we hope to understand more about the sources respondents relied on to reach their decisions, the kinds of logic they found convincing, and the process of bringing halachah from the Beit Midrash to real life.
Intensive Gemara Seminar Shabbat – With Rabbi Jesse Horn: Learn to rigorously read and dissect the text of Tractate Shabbat, to ask major questions, and to develop and analyze the answers and approaches offered. Available via archived recordings.
Aveilut and Happiness – With Rabbi Dovid Fink: An overview of how Jewish law deals with the conflict between the laws of mourning and times of happiness. This course is available via the archived recordings.
Intensive Gemara Seminar: Beitza – With Rabbi David Brofsky: In this course, we will explore the most fundamental, and practical laws of holiday topics as they appear in Masechet Beitza. Available via the archived recordings.