By COLlive reporter
Ask any Yeshiva bochur if he has ever sat through a shiur and felt lost because the teaching was either higher or lower than his level. Chances are the answer will be affirmative.
To tackle this widespread challenge, the Yeshiva Gedola Lubavitch in London ran an experimental program this past school year to adjust each bochur to the class of his abilities.
“We have long discussed creating a system in which every bochur, from the beginner to the most advanced, can make his Yeshiva experience a success,” a source in the hanhala told COLlive.com.
The proposal put forward by the Hanhala utilized its respected Maggidei-Shiur to offer a series of different levels of shiurim from which each bochur can choose the level that suits him best.
The ‘Shiur klali’ was presented by Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Hertz, the high level ‘Iyun-Shiur’ by Rabbi Yosef Schtroks, ‘Bekius-Shiur’ by Rabbi Gedalya Lieberman and the ‘Blat-Shiur’ by Rabbi Leibish Heller.
The program has been in place for several weeks now and many of the bochurim report that this has been the best period of their yeshiva experience, a staff member reported.
As uncommon as the new system might be, the bochurim are apparently adapting very well to it. “It’s an amazing system,” commented Yaacov Elyaschewits. “It gives every person much greater ability than before, to reach their potential.”
Another bochur, Aharon Mishulovin, said: “This new program expresses the care and concern this Yeshiva has for the academic and ultimately spiritual growth of every bochur. I am already seeing results.”
One parent called it “a very welcome move,” noting that his son is now given the opportunity “to progress at his pace and allowing him the choice of which shiur is best suited for him.”
COLlive was told that the program will be followed and tweaked in the run-up to next year’s start of the new Masechta.