4By Rochelle Maruch Miller

For over 34 years, Rabbi Chaim Brovender has been a leading force in teaching Torah in Israel and enabling his students to “learn how to learn” according to the renowned “Brovender method.” Rabbi Brovender is the rosh yeshiva of WebYeshiva and President of ATID–the Academy of Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education. He was the founding rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hamivtar. Rav Brovender founded Bruriah School for Women, today Midreshet Lindenbaum.

Recognizing that not everyone is able to spend time in a “real” beit midrash or yeshiva, Rabbi Brovender launched WebYeshiva in November 2007. “It seemed to me that there was a tremendous opportunity out there; there were people all over the world who could not access quality Torah education,” Rabbi Brovender recalled. “Suddenly there was the technology that allowed people to sit in the same (virtual) room, no matter where in the world they were located. I thought we could use this technology with the great teachers available in Jerusalem to spread Torah where it would otherwise not be available.”

Rabbi Brovender adds, “The level of study in Jerusalem is very high and there is a remarkable number of quality teachers, both in terms of teaching ability and knowledge. We thought we would draw on this resource, offering classes round-the-clock with the best teachers you could imagine. These are teachers who won’t leave Jerusalem, but with computer technology, you are able to take advantage of the Torah and the teachers of Jerusalem and bring them to the world.”

Acclaimed the world over as an outstanding talmid chacham who has been raising the bar in education for well over three decades, Rav Brovender discussed the Halacha Mastery Program, the highly anticipated latest addition to WebYeshiva.org’s exciting multifaceted program.

“This program is a three-year journey to master an array of halachic issues, challenges, and questions that we face in our home, in our work environment, and in society in our era,” Rav Brovender explained. The three-year program is available to men and women. Men who have completed the full course of study (six courses, either synchronously over three years or via self-paced archive study) will be eligible to advance to a supplementary “Orach Chaim” Semichah program, with one additional period of qualifying study and examinations on the Orach Chaim section of Shulchan Aruch dealing with the laws of daily ritual life. Rabbinic ordination will be issued by rosh yeshiva Rav Chaim Brovender.

“WebYeshiva.org is a tremendous platform for getting our message out,” says Rav Brovender. “There are so many people who want to grow in Torah, to become proficient in halacha, but are unable to attend a conventional yeshiva. I think this is a tremendous opportunity and I invite you to join our Halacha Mastery Program.”

That over 11,000 students have experienced WebYeshiva since its inception represents Rabbi Brovender’s dream brought to fruition: an exemplary resource for making Torah study available to Jews the world over that will help improve their learning skills in an interactive learning environment, using the latest internet technology. WebYeshiva.org offers live, growth-oriented cumulative courses for serious students who want to be involved in active Torah learning.

To join WebYeshiva.org, all that is necessary is a computer with a broadband Internet connection and speakers or headphone. A microphone and a web camera are recommended, so that you can be seen and heard by the teacher and by other class participants. From the comfort of your home or office, you can log into a virtual classroom where you can both see and hear the teacher as well as the other students in your class, thereby enabling you to participate in an active session where you can ask questions and engage in your learning.

WebYeshiva.org offers more than just shiurim–it provides a virtual yeshiva community where you can interact, ask questions, and continue to grow in Torah and mitzvos on your own time and at your own pace. WebYeshiva replicates the nurturing and spiritual intensity of a conventional yeshiva or midrashah.

For further information regarding the Halacha Mastery Program and Orach Chaim Semichah Ordination Program, please visit WebYeshiva.org/halacha or call 646-977-7978. v


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