Q. Can I do the tests remotely?
A. Yes, the entire smicha program is online, including tests. The tests are written and completed online.
Q. Who is going to be testing?
A. Rabbi Chaim Finkelstein, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Yeshiva LeRabbonus Of Pretoria, South Africa, will be administering the tests and giving the smicha. In the event that Rabbi Finkelstein is unable to administer a test or the like, Machon Smicha will arrange tests and smicha with a different prominent rabbi.
Q. Could I leave the program in the middle?
A. Yes, and you will receive recognition for the tests you completed.
Q. What do I need to be eligible to take the tests?
A. There will be worksheets and mock tests to complete throughout that will serve as a chazarah. In the event that the Maggid Shiur feels that an individual is not ready to take a test, Machon Smicha reserves the right to deny that individual the test.
Q. What if I miss a test, or am not ready to take it on time?
A. You will get a calendar with tests dates on it. If you are not ready at that time, you can join another test which will be scheduled for you. However, it will cost you up to $100.
Q. Will I get college credits for the smicha?
A. No, Machon Smicha is an unaffiliated organization, created purely for the purpose of learning and receiving smicha.
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