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‘Drawbacks’ of Smicha Programs

With smicha programs more popular than ever, Rabbi Yosef Barber of Chovevei Torah's smicha program in Crown Heights tells COLlive there are some drawbacks to the growth. Full Story

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former chavrusa
April 22, 2012 1:45 am

Yossi keep up the good work. You were and continue to be an inspiration. I have always looked up to you for your intelligence, kindness and clear thinking. To Number 29: I have no recollection of Rabbi Barber ever learning in Detroit. He went from Chovevei torah to morristown to melbourne.

Lubavitcher Smicha Programs
April 21, 2012 3:51 pm

I would suggest that every smicha program, (especially Rabbi Yuraslavsky’s Smicha) should have 3 rules
1. the bochur is shomer shabbos and kashrus
2. the bochur can read kitzur shulchan aruch without nekudos
3. the bochur can translate chumash rashi without Arstscroll.
An embarassed Lubavitcher

keep it up!
April 20, 2012 12:57 pm

Go uncle Yossi!

A Fan
April 20, 2012 10:21 am

Just this week I was speaking to one of the Roshei Yeshiva from Morristown and he mentioned that (Rabbi) Yossi Barber was the best student he ever had! I guess a davar CHARIF leaves an impression for a long time!

Great
April 20, 2012 12:31 am

Nice to hear something positive, for a change. Keep it up!

Rabbi barber
April 19, 2012 10:43 pm

Thank you so much rabbi barber. You are a true detroiter

i was there in 2011 and it was very very good!!!!
April 19, 2012 10:13 pm

I learnt there last year and i can tell you that besides for rabbi barber being a good teacher i.e he has a good koach hasbara, he koows what you dont understand and explains it . He also has patience and your always feel welcome to ask him. I recently called him to ask a question while i was in the kitchen…… He has ggreat middos and i feel comfortable to still ask him questions ….and that impressive ….how many students feel comfortabel to still ask!!!!????
You should teach many students rabbi barber ill always respect you.

Berry

friend from yeshiva
April 19, 2012 10:09 pm

Rabbi Barber has a real gleiche kop

Go Rabbi Barber
April 19, 2012 8:53 pm

you are amazing keep rocken

nice group of bochurim.
April 19, 2012 8:36 pm
re : sefer
April 19, 2012 8:12 pm

# 21, The sefer on bosor becholov is sold in seforim stores. I don’t know if he published on the other parts of yore dea.

Question
April 19, 2012 8:10 pm

Question to Rabbi Barber. You mentioned that Bochurim can Daven at the Rebbe’s minyan. Can you please advise when and where that is?

Awesome Program
April 19, 2012 7:56 pm

Awesome program! Rabbi Barbers knowledge and clarity are outstanding!

sefer
April 19, 2012 7:45 pm

is Rabbi Barber’s sefer available to the public, or only his students?

former classmate
April 19, 2012 7:20 pm

you were always a genius but its nice to see that you are able to give it over so well and be so well liked by your talmidim. Hatzlacha!

very organized thought process.
April 19, 2012 7:01 pm

I used his sefer when I learned bosor becholov. He has a chush in organizing the subject matter so that it is clear who is arguing and what do they agree.

#15
April 19, 2012 6:47 pm

Your commentis correct. The Rebbe says that it is quite possible and even likely that the legal form of Smicha existed in the Beis Din of the Rif.

It is clear, though, even from that sicha, that on a broad scale Smicha ceased towards the end of the Amoraim. This was my intention with that statement.

Rabbi Yosef Barber

a present Talmud
April 19, 2012 6:22 pm

rabbi barber is a amazing magid shuir very dedicated always there for the bachrim
thank you so much

Dovid V.
April 19, 2012 6:19 pm

I learned Yoreh Deah in 770 …I wish this would have been around then.

Smicha stopped at some point during the times of the Amoraim
April 19, 2012 5:48 pm

In the sichos of 18 Elul 5744 and simchas Torah 5745 the rebbe explains that it stopped by the end of the geonim or the beginning of the rishonim.

A Parent
April 19, 2012 5:46 pm

My son is in the program and is having an amazing year. It is nice to hear him speak so fondly about the head of an institution. I wish Rabbi Barber much success in future years of being mechanech our children – the future Rabbis of tomorrow!

Thanks Rabbi Barber from a former talmid
April 19, 2012 5:37 pm

as a former talmid of rabbi barber and the smicha program, i can honestly say that it was the best year of learning of my entire life. Rabbi Barber showed me the beauty of learning aliba dehilchasa and taught me how to learn it properly. So, besides for learning the material, and getting smicha, i also learned how to properly learn a sugio aliba dehilchasa. Rabbi barber is also patient and very approachable and makes sure each talmid understands the material to the best of his ability. He is a great man, and a big talmid chachom and offers excellent… Read more »

Mendy
April 19, 2012 5:34 pm

My friend learnt by rabbi barber last year and he was constantly raving about those review sheets summaries. can’t wait till it’s published so we can all enjoy it.

Smicha 5772 Bochur
April 19, 2012 5:23 pm

Rabbi Barber’s program is amazing! Flexible enough to meet the individual needs of the talmid, but also structured enough to keep us progressing through the year. Rabbi Barber is VERY knowledgable, especially in Yoreh Deah.

chovevei
April 19, 2012 5:13 pm

seems like chovevei torah is starting to turn the corner. the semicha program is certainly a nice addition to the yeshiva. it worked really well for morristown, hopefully it’ll have similar impact at chovevei

Yossi
April 19, 2012 5:12 pm

I remember Yossi from Yeshiva. He has an unbelievable head!

true point
April 19, 2012 4:59 pm

He makes a good point about the yeshiva environment.

The same is true for shlichus as well. it’s not achrayosdik to take the boys out of yeshiva and use them for cheap labor under the veil of “shlichus”.

Anonymous
April 19, 2012 4:50 pm

is that this years group? seems like a nice group of bochurim.

amazing
April 19, 2012 4:49 pm

he runs an amazing smicha program!!!

N. Scherer
April 19, 2012 4:48 pm

Heard great things about Rabbi Barber’s semicha program! I wish him much success!

Rabbi Barber
April 19, 2012 4:47 pm

Rabbi barber is a big talmid chochom and an excellent mechanech. We were so lucky to have him last year.

— A Grateful Talmid

Yasher Koach!
April 19, 2012 4:43 pm
Nice Article
April 19, 2012 4:40 pm

Nice article. Very informative.
Thanks collive for posting.

wow!!!!
April 19, 2012 4:32 pm

BS’’D
Very legit 🙂

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