Halacha Mastery Program (for men and women) and ‘Orach Chaim’ Semicha Ordination Program (for men)

The WebYeshiva.org Halacha Mastery Program is a three-year cycle. New participants are welcome to join at any point in the cycle. To apply CLICK HERE.

Join Rabbi Chaim Brovender’s WebYeshiva.org Halacha Mastery Program for a three-year journey to master an array of halachic issues, challenges, and questions a Jew faces in his or her home and world in the 21st century.

Each year, on a three-year cycle, WebYeshiva.org will offer two courses of study (from Sukkot until Pesach) which will emphasize the practical halacha — know how act in the situations that arise; know how to answer your children when they ask — while at the same time providing the literacy and knowledge of the underlying halachic concepts and principles that stand behind the halachic system and guide modern poskim in determining the law.

Courses will be given in real-time via WebYeshiva’s fully interactive, video-conferencing system, and each will meet once a week. Participation will be live or via the archived (video or audio) recordings. Guided source material will be distributed in advance, and it is expected that students will spend a certain amount of time preparing and reviewing each week. Virtual e-chavruta with fellow students is encouraged. Each student will have access to private discussion, guidance, and review with the course instructor during the week. Review exams will be given at the end of each semester to demonstrate mastery of the subject matter.

Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Brovender will deliver a weekly tutorial and review session each week for each of the two courses. These sessions are optional but highly recommended for students to review, prepare and keep up with the material. It is also an excellent opportunity to interact with our Rosh Yeshiva, and discuss a variety of Torah topics.

Each week Rabbi Brovender will review the source packets (mekorot) uploaded by the teachers. Enrollment in either or both of Rabbi Brovender’s tutorial sesisons is complimentary, and included as part of your enrollment in the Halacha Mastery Program.

Optional mini-courses will be offered at no additional charge during the summer semesters for students that want to study other subjects not part of the main curriculum, or who wish to deepen their mastery of Gemara study. The program will conclude with a week-long colloquium to be held in Jerusalem (Summer 2016) as the first cohort of students complete the courses and receive their Certificates of Halachic Mastery. However, students who cannot commit to take two courses a year, or who can’t participate online synchronously, can undertake a personal schedule of study via the archives, benefit from the same access to our outstanding faculty, and take the exams and complete the program at their own pace.

The program is meant for Jewish men and women with some background in learning Jewish texts; preparation and review is expected. Contact our office to discuss if the program is right for you.