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Using PowerPoint presentations and flowcharts Rabbi Chananya Hoffinger helps bochurim learn Gemara Shabbos in their yeshivos around the world. Full Story, Video

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Wow!
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Wow!

This is truly amazing, so many people talk about making a change, Rabbi Hoffinger acts upon it. His videos are so helpful and shows how the Gemarah is so valuable to us!

So Thankful.

Didn't know about this...
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Didn't know about this...

Looks really awesome, I’m sure many bochrim are benefiting from this. I wish they had this in my day.

D E
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D E

Thank you Rabbi Hoffiger!!!

A grateful parent
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A grateful parent

This website has been invaluable for hundreds of students. It brings down the classes to a level where anyone can understand and grasp the information . It creates a sense of being with the text. It allows the student to gain knowledge and learn Torah the way it should be done. I applaud this tremendous asset to today’s students! Kol hakavod.

yaacov
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yaacov

I’m so inspired by your work, you are making an amazing impact, and changing the way learning happens! People should support you, they will see the changes happening before their eyes, kids learning, bochurim enjoying a piece of gemara! i watched some videos and the clarity and flowcharts are just amazing!!!

finally !
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finally !

Its about time someone took initiative and filled the chasm that can exist between the text and many of the students struggling to follow it. I wish you hatzlacha and the means to keep this up. Kol hakavod!

Boruch N. Hoffinger   'HaKohaine '           BS"D
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Boruch N. Hoffinger 'HaKohaine ' BS"D

Fantastic! A HUGH ‘Kiddush HaShem!’ I’m ‘Chanaya’s’ father, I, & my wife and children are incredibly proud of him. I’m ‘reeling’ from the miracle of my own son doing such amazing things & pinching myself because it’s so hard to believe! My own parents, A”H, were mostly ignorant of ‘Nigleh’ and certainly ‘Chassidus.’ When I became ‘frum’ my father and mother did not resist, but respected me, and assisted me — amazing! May ‘Chananya’s’ efforts be a ‘zechus’ for my parent’s, and my wife’s parent’s ‘neshomos.’ May others learn and grow in ‘Torah’ and ‘maasim tovim.’ Let our greater understanding… Read more »

Menahel
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Menahel

I have several students who use the video for a difficult tosfos of sugya and it has really clarified everything for them

Yissi
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Yissi

This is incredible. I was never the Gemarah kupp in school. It always scared me. But this is finally available. I am surprised how simple it become when broken down so coherently. The flowcharts and how nice the design is…I need to relearn all the Gemarah now, so I can finally understand what I learned.

Boruch N. Hoffinger   'HaKohaine '           BS"D
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Boruch N. Hoffinger 'HaKohaine ' BS"D

Let everyone state their names!
There’s nothing to be afraid of!
(This applies to other articles as well.)

Boruch N. Hoffinger   'HaKohaine '           BS"D
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Boruch N. Hoffinger 'HaKohaine ' BS"D

This information may/may not be relevant to you.
When a ‘bochor,’ I moved into Crown Heights, from Boro Park in (about) 1976 my apt. was at 836 Montgomery St. Apt A-1.(Hershy Young, A”H, was my roomate). Chananya Hoffinger, & family, after marrying (Henya Elishevitz), moved into 888 Montgomery St. Apt A1, first floor left (!).
Subtracting 836 from 888 equals 52 which is the ‘gematria’ of ‘ben!’ (‘Son’ in Hebrew). ‘Chananya’ was our first son.
Boruch & Brouria Hoffinger

Great
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Great

This looks like a great innovative way for students to learn, struggling or otherwise! Way to go Chanany!

Very helpful
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Very helpful

The clarity and set framework of the powerpoints, were extremely helpful for myself, and my students. Great stuff! Thanx Chananya!
SD

Mendel
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Mendel

This site is so helpful to young Yeshiva students. I wish I had this as a child. I used tutors regularly, and this would have been a great help. Kol Hakovod to Rabbi Hoffinger.

Kol Hakavod
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Kol Hakavod

Looks great

Question
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Question

As a Gemara teacher, I find this to be a very valuable tool. Question: In what ways is this different than Gemara Berurah?

Thanks and Hatzlacha!

Chananya!!!
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Chananya!!!

You are truly gifted and amazing!!!

I appreciate you deeply.

Chananya Hoffinger
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Chananya Hoffinger

There are many differences between this and Gemara Berurah. I’ll mention the main ones: 1) Gemara Academy is a platform of video classes that anybody can access. Gemara Berurah is a curriculum based tool. 2) Gemara Academy has a total of 5 tools. Gemara Berurah uses a lot more than that. 3) Gemara Academy takes more of a top bottom approach of seeing the Gemara, its style, and process and then becoming familiar with it. Gemara Berurah is more of a bottom up approach of learning the skills to be able to learn. 4) Gemara Academy has classes on Gemara,… Read more »

Chassidus this, Chassidus that...
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Chassidus this, Chassidus that...

It’s about time we start learning Nigleh (Gemora).

Keep up the good work. Please support this!

 56 year old student
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56 year old student

R’ Chananya, where were you 40 years ago when I was struggling to develop a global understanding of each sugya?
I tried to memorize by rote but with your systematic program, a student will remember the sugya with clarity long after he’s moved on. Yankel from B.P.

bh someone took the challenge
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bh someone took the challenge

well done. looking forward for elu metziois

Rabbi Velvel Lipsker
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Rabbi Velvel Lipsker

full disclosure: I am a big fan of Rabbi Hoffinger and his teaching methods I would title this article “Gemarra Academy cracks the Code” I believe that this unique program is exactly what we need. I teach in a Zal (Yeshivah Gedolah Miami). we receive the products of the Lubavitch school system. BH we have many fine Bachurim who are outstanding in their Middos Tovos, Yiras Shomayim and motivation and desire to learn. an area that needs improvement is access to original texts. It is a historical fact that in places where there were Yeshivos and scholarship, yiddishkeit survived, whereas… Read more »

Great learning tool.
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Great learning tool.

The Gemara academy really breaks up the learning into bite size prices.

Amazing!
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Amazing!

This is just unbelievable!! I wonder why there isn’t more publicity for this site. My son is struggling with Gemara and I would have expected his Rebbe to mention this program. Could you make a color flier and ask the principals to distribute to the Talmidim. The best innovation since sliced bread!! What a Zchus to be part of this revolutionary way of learning! What a beautiful way to use technology for Torah!

Kudos to you!
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Kudos to you!

Gemara is the basis of all deep thinking. Problem solving. Law minded. When understood, it sharpens the brain and allows for a broader mind. It is known that on Asia they use the Gemara in university with non Jews because of the complicated train of thought and involved cases brought down. This website gives a. Student the ability to acquire this higher level of thinking through simple explanations and visual aids. It’s amazing in two short words!!

Chananya Hoffinger
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Chananya Hoffinger

Thanks for all the ideas and feedback. We are listening and reading what you have to say and will work on implementing it into the program.

fantastic website
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fantastic website

The videos are clear and a pleasure to watch. I highly recommend Rabbi Hofingger’s videos for anyone that wants to understand gemarah thoroughly.

Pinchas Margolis

Great work
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Great work

It’s amazing that students now have the ability to get a goodand real handle of the Gemara at their own pace, time, and convenience without the pressures and distractions of the classroom.

Chananya Hoffinger
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Chananya Hoffinger

Another significant difference between Gemara Academy and Gemara Berurah (which was actually the main reason I created this program)
5) Gemara Academy uses Tzuras Hadaf. Gemara Berurah doesn’t.

I’ve found that Tzuras Hadaf is what people want most. They don’t want to just hear another amazing class that they can’t remember any part of, they want an experience of learning from an original and regular text. This gives a certain satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment that cannot be replaced with a visual class alone.

On the Gemara Academy website the text videos are used as much as the flowchart videos.

Tremendous
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Tremendous

A great job! A tremendous help to our bochurim – the mapping out with flowcharts, intros and full shiur. Keep up the good work! Would love to see more coming!

Ari Roth
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Ari Roth

It seems like an amazing program that many people of all different ages can’t benefit from. Thank you so much for bringing this brilliant idea to life.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Wow amazing!

Innovative
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Innovative

Thank you Chananya,

I am grateful that there are people like you. Someone who cares for a student who may not “get it”, and ingeniously harnessing advanced technological tools while doing so.

Truly inspirational!

Thank you
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Thank you

Thanks for your service to the community at large! You clearly seem to enjoy what you do, but that does not make your efforts any less meaningful. Au contraire.

great stuff!
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great stuff!

The website looks beautiful, with many tools to help in learning and understanding a sugiya. Keep it up!

Wooope!
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Wooope!

Awesome Stuff! Love using this site.
Hope someone takes this on as a project and Finances it.

I have a question
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I have a question

What’s the difference between this and Daf Hachaim, the new video based Daf Yomi website?

Chananya Hoffinger
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Chananya Hoffinger

I actually worked for Daf Hachaim and wrote part of Mesechta Pesachim and the while Mesachta Shekalim for them. I’d say the differences are:
1) Gemara Academy has an exact flowchart of the Gemara that parallels and mirrors the text so that the focus always remains on the text. Daf Hachaim has an overview that’s arranged with the goal of having the main points of the Gemara organized as a summary.
2) Gemara Academy has Gemara, Rashi, and Tosfos. Daf Hachaim has Gemara.

A new full curriculum
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A new full curriculum

All the yeshivas should join together and invest in purchasing this program! It’s a full curriculum?, you don’t even need the teacher to teach it. He can be present just for questions.

Chavrusa
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Chavrusa

This is amazing! If schools have laptops they can pair up chavrusas to learn together. It’s amazing. Every students group continues iwhere they left off. They don’t have the pressure to keep up with the teacher and get lost or drown! It can be used as a Montessori style tool!! Amazing innovation.

amazing!
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amazing!

The Jewish world thanks you, as well as Hakadosh Baruch Hu. Great work for klal yisroel! keep it up Rabbi Hoffinger!
its truly a remarkable and intelligent product you’ve designed

Chananya Hoffinger
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Chananya Hoffinger

For anybody that is interested and able to, you can dedicate a class for 1 month for $100. Your support allows this project to continue and grow.

Ingenious !
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Ingenious !

All the other websites above to which others are referring to that are similar but not same as Gemara Academy were created by a GROUP of people. Over years. Rabbi Chananya Hoffinger has done ALL this work alone! Hours of intense learning. And he has covered SO MUCH material in such a short time. AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT

Yasher koach!!
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Yasher koach!!

Avrohom s.

collive record!
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collive record!

loved the vid, and 42 comments so far, all of them positive! schkoich!

Fantastic
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Fantastic

Thank you Rabbi Hoffinger.! Your work is truly amazing!

Nesanel V
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Nesanel V

What a wonderful tool! Tizke Lemitzvos Chananya!

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