Class Schedule

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7:30 - 8:30
8:00 - 9:00
Prepare for Shacharis
8:30 - 9:00
Prepare for Shacharis
9:00 - 9:30
9:00 - 10:00
9:00 - 10:30
10:00 - 11:00
untill shabbos
In Depth Gemmarah Study
11:00 - 2:15
2:15 - 3:10
3:10 – 3:30
Halacha Shiur
3:30 - 4:30
Review of Halacha / Gemara
Afternoon Sporting Activities (Summer) or Further Gemora (Winter)
5:15 – 6:45
Dinner 6:45 – 8:00
(Maariv at 6:30 in the winter)
8:00 - 9:30
(Maariv at 9:30 in the summer)



Course description

The first level class is one that works with the beginner to become familiar with the terminology and style of the Talmud. Rabbi Dovid Dick leads a highly developed strategy to assist the uninitiated to learn the common words and expressions of the Aramaic and Hebrew Texts. This is done by begging the period with a brief introductory lesson mapping out the main vocabulary words to be used in the day's material. Following this, the students divide up to smaller study groups amongst each other to utilize the key words they have been given to unlock the meaning of the assigned portion. This continues with Rabbis available for consulting throughout the study hall. Once reaching the conclusion of this Chavrusah (partner) study time the class reconvenes. In this later lecture, Rabbi Dick will question the students to see how they progressed in their deciphering of the material. Only to compliment this with the final explanation, indicating how the key words and phrases have been vital to the structure of Talmud. In this way many students quickly find themselves developing their skills to be proficient in Talmud study.

The next level is that taught by Rosh Kolel Rabbi Chaim Brafman. It is in this class where students are now exposed to the classic commentaries (Mefarshim). Students are given assignments to prepare entire selections of the Gemarah and to touch upon several areas in Rashi and Tosafos. At the lecture, the Gemarah itself is briefly reviewed the main focus however,is to become familiar with the particular commentaries, their goals, styles and phraseology. Rashi, Tosafos, Maharsha, Rosh and Rif are amongst the classic commentaries that students frequent.

Level three instructed by Rabbi Yakov Wagner is true immersion into the "sea of the Talmud" covering a wide range of Talmudic commentary both classic and contemporary. The expectation at this level to for any participant to be self sufficient in Talmudic skills and now achieving a broadened ability to go beyond the basic Talmud experience. Often this class brings the Talmud discussions into practicality by tracing the debates and their logic through the development of the Halachic works to the point of contemporary issues and their various rulings.

The Highest level is taught by Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Dubinsky. This class is known to be one that challenges and thus spurs on each participant. This is done by encouraging self thought into each idea of the Talmud. Being comfortable with the meaning of the particular subject under discussion, Rabbi Dubinsky will often ask the students to develop their own novel approach to solving the problem at hand. Each suggested resolution is then scrutinized against one of the classical solutions and shown it's flaws or it's achievements. In this way the students in build up a feeling and skills for Talmudic commentary and are able to develop their own thought patterns and styles strongly influenced by the Talmudic approach.



Phone: 973.267.9404 or 973.668.3219 (cell)      226 Sussex Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960