Registration for the Online Summer Courses is now open!

 

Batsheva Learning Center is excited to announce two new summer courses!

Each of our 6-week courses is designed to challenge you to explore primary texts of Torah, to develop your independent learning skills and to master a particular area of Torah knowledge. When you sign up for the course, you'll receive a textbook created by our instructors to guide you in the learning process and help you build the skills you need to master the original text. 

Our courses for this summer will be taught entirely online. We will send you the course materials by mail, and give you access to our live classes as well as recordings of each class. Hope to see you there!

BEGINNERS' GEMARA COURSE

HAMAFKID

A Beginner's Guide to the Language and Reasoning of Gemara

6-Week Course

Taught by: Mrs. Mushky Gershon

Dates and Time:  Sundays

8:15-9:45 PM EST
June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19

Location: ZOOM Classroom

Registration Deadline: June 7th

Cost: $75 ( +$10 book fee)

20% off for Chai Club members

Course Description

“Hamafkid” is the third chapter of Maseches Bava Metzia and discusses the laws related to the four categories of shomrim discussed in the Torah. In this course, we will explore this topic as an introduction to the world of Talmudic language and reasoning. You’ll learn how to break down the text of the Mishna and Gemara and analyze it based on the classic commentaries. If you're a beginner who is looking for a taste of authentic Gemara learning, this course is sure to develop your skills and challenge your mind with the compelling logic of the Gemara.

 

This Course Includes:

- A textbook with keywords, references, summaries, and guiding questions, which will be mailed to your home.

- Access to our virtual classroom each week

- Access to recordings of each class

(You will need to bring/purchase your own Gemara Maseches Bava Metzia for this course.)

Class Structure:

Each one and half hour class will begin with the instructor introducing the text to be studied that week. Students will then be split into breakout rooms with an assigned chavrusa to study the text with the aid of the provided textbooks. The class will then regroup for a review and discussion with the instructor.

 

Mushky Gershon is a talented teacher who excels at fostering and building her students' independent learning skills. She taught our first beginner's Gemara course in New York and wrote one of our Halacha textbooks before moving to Chicago to start her own Chabad of South Loop. We are excited to have her back for our first virtual Gemara course!

Course Requirements

Attendance and punctuality are extremely important in order for participants to get the most out of our courses. Students are expected to be on time to classes and to attend a minimum of 5 out of 6 classes. (If for any reason you are unable to attend a class, please notify us at least 24 in advance.)

*Full payment is required upon registering for the course. However, you have an option to try the first class for a value of $15. If you decide that you do not want to continue, you have until the day before the next class to let us know, and we will send you a refund. After the first class, all students who continue are committed to participating in the full course.

About the Instructor

ADVANCED GEMARA COURSE

CHAGIGA

An In-depth Exploration of Talmudic Reasoning

6-Week Course

Taught by: Rabbi Eli Silberstein

Dates and Time:  Sundays & Tuesdays

7:45 - 8:45 EST
June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 July 5, 7, 12, 14, 17, 19

Location: ZOOM Classroom

Registration Deadline: June 7th

Cost: $85 

20% off for Chai Club members

Course Description

The course will explore the first chapter of Maseches Chagiga. This chapter discusses the mitzvah of 'aliya l'regel', how it relates to women and children, and the general obligations of women in Torah. By delving into the various commentaries, you'll gain a deeper understanding of fundamental principles in halacha pertaining to women's obligations in mitzvos and develop skills for analyzing a page of Gemara on your own. If you have some background in Gemara and are looking to take your learning to the next level, this course is for you!

 

This Course Includes:

- Access to our virtual classroom each week

- Access to recordings of each class

(You will need to bring/purchase your own Gemara Maseches Chagiga for this course.)

Class Structure:

Each student will be paired with a chavrusa and expected to prepare an assigned portion of the Gemara with Rashi. Each one-hour shiur will be dedicated to exploring Tosafos and other commentaries based on the Gemara.

 

Rabbi Eli Silberstein is the director of Chabad of Ithaca, NY. He lectures on Talmudic law and Jewish mysticism and is author of JLI courses. Rabbi Silberstein is renowned for his vast knowledge of Jewish law, philosophy and kabbalah.

Course Requirements

Attendance and punctuality are extremely important in order to get the most out of our courses. Students are expected to put in the time to prepare the material for each class, be on time to classes and to attend a minimum of 10 out of 12 classes. (If for any reason you are unable to attend a class, please notify us at least 24 in advance.)

*Full payment is required upon registering for the course. However, you have an option to try the first class for a value of $10. If you decide that you do not want to continue, you have until the day before the next class to let us know, and we will send you a refund. After the first class, all students who continue are committed to participating in the full course.

About the Instructor

Hear what previous students are saying!

"The first Batsheva course I took was in 2013 in Crown Heights. I was finishing my last year of college and moved my classes around in order to make it to the shiur. 

I soon moved to LA and was left without a learning routine. I found learning on the phone with friends or too difficult to commit to. I’m so happy a branch of Batsheva Learning Center started in Los Angeles. The course is the perfect combination of being intellectually challenging while also giving a practical takeaway. I’m able to take away lessons from these texts that are beautifully explained and and use them in my own personal avoda."

- Noa Klein, LA Branch

"The very first class in the Heichaltzu course  already exceeded my expectations! The venue, the workbook, and the incredibly knowledgeable instructor provided an environment of serious learning and warmth. The course gave me new confidance in my abilities to decipher the text, and a better understanding of how to apply it. Because of the setup, I felt like I was part of something greater than a simple class or shiur; I once again felt like a student, which was quite refreshing!

I highly recommend this course, and look forward to seeing what is offered next!"

- Zehava Tornek

"Participating in the Heichaltzu course was a very rewarding experience. For eight consistent weeks, we were given the opportunity to delve into one of the most fundamental and practical Maamorim of the Rebbe Rashab. The Maamar was extremely relevant and aptly described the way the human mind perceives others and their threat to one’s ego. 

 

The textbooks were a great aid to help us in our chavrusah learning and the course instructor added valuable insights to the Maamar.

 

We were challenged to figure out the meaning of the text and to understand the concepts of the Maamer through the chavrusa learning and the ensuing discussions. I came out of this course with a thorough understanding of a deep and practical Maamar."

- Menucha Klein, LA Branch

"One of my favorite classes that I had at Batsheva was a Gemara class with Rabbi Kaplan. I remember coming out of every class feeling so excited and alive. 

We didn't have much experience with Gemara, but we would break our heads over the text each time, excited to delve into it and develop our skills. It was something unlike anything I've ever had in my life - it was the most exciting class!"

- Shterny Tubul 

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