As Pesach break approaches, talmidim at the Chovevei Torah semicha class in Crown Heights roll full steam ahead in their studies of Hilchos Taaruvos, placing extra emphasis on the many ramifications relating to Hilchos Pesach.
The bochurim were previously tested on Hilchos Melicha and Basar Becholov by the Rosh Yeshiva of Central Lubavitch Yeshiva 770, Rabbi Zalman Labkowski, and are set to complete their third section by the end of the zman.
The program, launched this past year by Yeshivas Tomchei Temimim Chovevei Torah, is headed by young Rabbi Yosef Barber, who has gained the admiration of his talmidim both for his scholarship and dedication.
“He is always available to answer our questions and is very patient in explaining the material until he is sure we understand it thoroughly,” said Berry Nash, a student in the class.
The program boasts comfortable learning conditions, a nice dorm, good food, and most importantly a conventional yeshiva environment with a structured curriculum.
Daily shiurim outline the sugya from its source in the Gemara, the various interpretations of the Rishonim, down through its presentation by the poskim.
“The shiurim provide important background information and context so we don’t feel lost as we delve into the unfamiliar concepts of Yoreh Deah,” said another student, Shlomo Katz.
This comes in addition to bi-weekly shiurim highlighting important issues addressed by the later poskim. Helpful summaries are also provided, adding much clarity as they break down complex subjects in a unique format.
“There are many seforim out there on Yoreh Deah, but Rabbi Barber’s handouts proved most helpful for me,” commented Heshy Mishulovin, a class participant from California.
Applications are now being accepted for the school year 5772.
“Building off the tremendous success of our first year, we expect very strong interest for this coming year,” said Rabbi Barber, adding that the class size will be limited to ensure individualized attention and hadracha.
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