I chose to become a student in the Halacha Mastery Program because I did not start keeping mitzvot until adulthood, and now that my wife and I have two little sons to instruct, I want to get a more thorough education in the things I need to know so that I can teach them. For aforementioned reasons, it’s also really hard to schedule learning in traditional settings because life is really unpredictable right now, so a web format was very appealing to me.I have to say that having WebYeshiva over the last year has been truly wonderful. I learn well by listening, and I have been able to get through a great deal of material in a short time just by hearing many shiurim via audio, on my own time while I am commuting or putting an infant to sleep or whenever else. I appreciate about the core shiurim how thorough and clearly organized they are; one really gets the sense that one is getting exposed to the whole evolutionary history of the halacha and understanding what makes the poskim tick. I especially appreciate that the material is taught in such a way where one doesn’t feel like the instructors are trying to hide all of the complexities so as to ensure obedience to a uniform code; on the contrary, I think the instructors go out of their way to tell you everything you would need to know to make your own best arguments *against* the mainstream halacha if that’s what you wanted to do, even though that wouldn’t be the course they themselves would recommend. I am really grateful for this. Additionally, there is a huge amount of other material besides the main series of shiurim that is really interesting and easily accessible. I am learning so much more than I had ever imagined I could during the busiest years of my life to date, and I’m very glad for the opportunity.Dr. Jeremy EnglandBoston
WebYeshiva provided me with the convenience that I was looking for in a supplemental learning program. The flexibility of choosing to learn live with the faculty and interact with classmates or listen to the archived version gave me a real incentive to sign up for as many classes as I could handle. The quality of the shiurim are excellent, and the faculty are all engaging presenters, thus keeping the interest level on a high frequency. For anyone looking to add to their personal growth through an independent learning program, I highly recommend WebYeshiva.
Dr. Bernie Kastner
I chose the program because I had been learning gemara in Rabbi Brovender’s shiur since the beginning of web yeshiva, and when it was announced, it looked like a really interesting program. I was already very familiar with web yeshiva, so I was comfortable with the setup. The setup is (or at least was initially) unique among onlne programs in that it effectively simulates a live classroom. It’s possible to ask the teacher questions either by voice or through chat, and to interact with the other students through chat. It even has an advantage over the live classroom, in that one can go back to the archives to review what happened in class, or to catch up on a missed class. My routine was generally to attend the live class, listening and asking questions, then sometime during the week, to go back and listen to the archived class, taking notes. This was a very effective way of reviewing for me. The other advantage is that one can attend class from any location in the world, as long as one has internet, so that one is not geographically constrained. Also, I discovered that I really like learning halacha 🙂
Biking beside the NYC Hudson river, my commute to work is generally accompanied by a lecture on switching on an incandescent bulb on shabbat. While some bikers ride to the music of Adele, I ride to the responsa of the Noda B’Yehuda. Thank you WebYeshiva for carrying our tradition into the 21st century, where the internet is my bread, headphones my clothing, and lack-of-free-time (to sit and study) my economic reality.
Zachary Aryeh Amsel
It’s been great having the opportunity to be kovei’a itim (have set times) for learning halakha in the spare moments of my busy professional schedule. I am tremendously grateful to webyeshiva for making this opportunity available to me and so many others.
Dr. Stu Halpern