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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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wow!!!!
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wow!!!!

BS’’D
Very legit 🙂

Nice Article
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Nice Article

Nice article. Very informative.
Thanks collive for posting.

Yasher Koach!
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Yasher Koach!
Rabbi Barber
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Rabbi Barber

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

— A Grateful Talmid

N. Scherer
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N. Scherer

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

amazing
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amazing

he runs an amazing smicha program!!!

Anonymous
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Anonymous

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

true point
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true point

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”.

Yossi
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Yossi

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

chovevei
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chovevei

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

Smicha 5772 Bochur
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Smicha 5772 Bochur

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.

Mendy
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Mendy

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.

Thanks Rabbi Barber from a former talmid
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Thanks Rabbi Barber from a former talmid

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 »

A Parent
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A Parent

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!

Smicha stopped at some point during the times of the Amoraim
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Smicha stopped at some point during the times of the Amoraim

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.

Dovid V.
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Dovid V.

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

a present Talmud
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a present Talmud

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

#15
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#15

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

very organized thought process.
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very organized thought process.

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.

former classmate
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former classmate

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!

sefer
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sefer

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

Awesome Program
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Awesome Program

Awesome program! Rabbi Barbers knowledge and clarity are outstanding!

Question
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Question

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

re : sefer
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re : sefer

# 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.

nice group of bochurim.
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nice group of bochurim.
Go Rabbi Barber
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Go Rabbi Barber

you are amazing keep rocken

friend from yeshiva
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friend from yeshiva

Rabbi Barber has a real gleiche kop

i was there in 2011 and it was very very good!!!!
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i was there in 2011 and it was very very good!!!!

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

Rabbi barber
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Rabbi barber

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

Great
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Great

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

A Fan
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A Fan

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!

keep it up!
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keep it up!

Go uncle Yossi!

Lubavitcher Smicha Programs
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Lubavitcher Smicha Programs

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

former chavrusa
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former chavrusa

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.

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