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Gemara Contest Keeps Kids Eager

An innovative Gemara contest in Chabad schools is motivating boys to work on mastering the skill of learning inside "bifnim." Full Story, Photos

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A growing concern
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A growing concern

I observed this issue years ago. We’re simply not producing children who can easily learn from the original. And when it’s hard for them, they naturally don’t want to.
In my opinion, the newfangled technological tools are good for some kids, but detrimental to others. There are simply no shortcuts. For the boy without specific learning challenges, we need to just pump mishnayos and Gemara from the original.

Methodology
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Methodology

COntests and prizes certainly incentivizes a students efforts, but perhaps we can focus on how this is being TAUGHT. Or is it being taught? There’s a difference between teaching a page of gemara text, and teaching the skill of how to read from gemara. One is an accumulation of lines the other is a skill,

It was coming
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It was coming

Some great teachers said when the “new” innovative ways of learning were sweeping thru our school system: the flashy smart boards and new teaching technic will take away from learning inside.
They were mocked as old fashioned and holding back the success of so many students.
Thank God they didn’t bow to the pressure

Great idea
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Great idea

We can also use a program like this for adults or even older bochurim . The biggest prize would be being able to learn without having to get an artscroll

Beautiful
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Beautiful

As Yidden and Chassidim this is all that our children and us should be involved in. Learning Torah, Davening, and doing Mitzvos and bringing all of this to more Yidden.

Yasher Koach!

VERY IMPORTANT
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VERY IMPORTANT

PLEASE MAKE A SIMILAR PROGRAM FOR MESIVTA AND ZAL BUCHRIM, THERE ARE MANY EXTRA CURRICULAR PROGRAMS FOR THEM BUT NOT ENOUGH OF BASIC OLD FASHIONED LIMUD HAGEMARA, WHERE THAY ACTUALLY GO AWAY KNOWING THE GEMARA PROPERLY.

Brilliant!
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Brilliant!

Many times we go surfing around the world for help and help is found next door.
There are many wonderful extra curriculum programs out there, but we definitely need to assure that the foundations of learning are strong.

You may also want to look into
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You may also want to look into

The Bright Beginnings gemara workbook by Rabbi Aaron Spivak. There are 2 volumes for the 4th perek of Brachos and 1 for eilu metzius as well. I went through the entire first volume…you do need to download a pdf of vocabulary flashcards from their website or just look up the key words from a dictionary

Here is a simple secret formula for kids and adults to learn
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Here is a simple secret formula for kids and adults to learn

I’m a guy in my sixties and frum from birth but never really mastered any gemorrah in a complete Mesecta where I can open any page and really be familiar. Here is a secret way I am about to finish mesectas Taanis. There is a system called Haarev nah. They have yeshiva boys repeat pages of gemorrah several times each day. But I have discovered a fool proof similar system. Here is how it works. You study three to twelve lines on a Sunday. Depending on how difficult or your capabilities are. Now every day repeat those few lines Three… Read more »

A Grateful Mother
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A Grateful Mother

My son comes home every day and runs to the telephone with excitement!, to record 5 minutes of himself. He tells me, he’s doing Back Chazoroh, explaining that its a system of reviewing all the Gemara they’ve learned this year, on a steady basis! while i don’t know the details of it, it is amazing to watch how beautifully he reads & translates Gemara he learned few months ago, and does it with such Geshmak! Thak you so much to the organizers of this program for all the passion and energy you put into it!!

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