Having enjoyed a successful first year under the direction of Rabbi Baruch Zaltzman and Rabbi Eliezer Posner, Mesivta Ohr Temimim Lubavitch of Toronto has announced that it will now add a Shiur Beis.
Their goal of has been a simple one: to create a happy and stimulating Chasiddishe environment, to nurture bochurim and offer each of them an equal opportunity to develop their unique abilities and personalities in a safe and secure environment.
Ohr Temimim infuses the bochurim with Hiskashrus to the Rebbe, a joy for studying Nigleh and Chasiddus, and a focus on Avoda She’bLev – zu Tefila. And whilst Ohr Temimim is a mainstream Mesivta that keeps the standards and expectations of Lubavitch Mesivtas, it is however replete with unique features, most notably a Differentiated Learning Program to suit the individual bochur.
For example, after a Gemara shiur, the class divides into three target groups: an in-depth Maforshim and Poskim shiur (Rosh, Rif, Ran, Rambam and the Alter Rebbe where applicable), a group reviewing the Gemara and Rashi with a Magid Shiur, using visual aids and skill-building worksheets, and a group reviewing the Gemara with our older bochurim shluchim. In this way, each bochur maximizes his morning based on his own abilities and builds independent study skills.
This unique approach continues during the afternoon Girsa Seder. Bochurim can choose to study many blat of Gemara and Rashi legirsa, or to join Mishnayos legirsa where they will accumulate a wealth of knowledge in Mishnayos, with well-guided follow-up review sheets during the Girsa shiur.
In the latter part of the afternoon, parents and talmidim choose from several subjects of Kodesh and Chol:
In Kodesh, the Mesivta offers one or more Bekius Tracks, covering the entire Shas Mishnayos or Halachah (completing the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch of the daily Halachos), with follow-up review sheets and tests.
In Chol, the Mesivta offers an Accredited General Studies Program, leading to a Ministry (Board) of Education diploma, which also includes Computer Science and Coding. Following the format of their Kodesh curriculum, the General Studies Program is also matched to individual skill sets, with each student being assessed to the correct academic level and provided with a tailor-made program.
With extra-curricular activities such as swimming, sports, professional chess coaching and music lessons to provide a healthy physical outlet, the spacious learning facility, on-site Mikva and well-equipped dormitory provide Ohr Temimim’s students with the ideal surroundings b’gashmiyus as well.