Bring a Structured Hilchos Shabbos Program to Your Yeshiva

What is the course?  | How does it work?  |  Who is it for? 

What is this course?
The Hilchos Shabbos course is a deep and comprehensive dive into the primary areas of Hilchos Shabbos. Each topic is explored from the original sources in the Mishnah, Gemara, and Rishonim, and brought all the way down to the contemporary Poskim and Minhagim.

What are the goals of the course?

  1. To provide a structure to seder halachah in yeshiva. By providing materials, quizzes, tests, goals, and a certificate upon completion, the lomdim will be motivated to learn well and grasp the material.
  2. To give the lomdim a proficiency and confidence when it comes to Hilchos Shabbos, and equip them to deal with contemporary questions that arise.
  3. To cultivate in the lomdim an appreciation for halachah, and an understanding of how halachah develops

How exactly are these goals achieved?
To that end (amongst other things as discussed below) we provide each talmid with two books for each topic:

  1. Shulchan Aruch Study Guide: This contains the Shulchan Aruch with nosei keilim, as well as introductions and background to each seif, translations of every halachah, in-depth comprehensive summaries of the other commentaries, and the practical application of the halachos from the poskim, all in English. SEE SAMPLE HERE.
  2. Mekoros Book: This contains all the sources for the discussions brought in the English Study Guide, from the Mishnah and Gemara, all the way to the contemporary poskim. The relevant pieces are presented, laid out clearly, and contextualized such that the talmid can learn through them inside, without getting overwhelmed or stuck. SEE SAMPLE HERE.

What are we offering?

Generally, when someone registers to take a course with us, we give them a full package, including:

  • An account on our website wherein they can access all their course content
  • Shiurim
  • Learning Schedule
  • Books (which includes introductions, summaries, translations, mekoros, etc)
  • Quizzes.
  • Tests.
  • Certificate, signed by prominent rabbonim.

Now, we recognize that many yeshivos do not want their bochurim having accounts on our website, which would require them having internet access. Therefore, we have tailored the program to provide all the same resources, but in a way that does not require the internet.

Who is this course designed for?

From past experience dealing with learners of all levels, we can confidently say that it is really שווה לכל נפש, both strong and weak learners. This is because, on the one hand there is the Study Guide which has everything summarized and presented in English, so even weaker talmidim can achieve hatzlachah, but then there is also the Mekoros Book, from which stronger bochurim can be expected to be learning from, and tested on.

Furthermore, because the Study Guide and the Mekoros Book directly match up with each other, even weaker talmidim will be able to learn the mekoros inside, because they have all the context from learning the Study Guide.

How does pricing work?

Generally, for a regular person to take the Shabbos course, it’s $200 a month for 12 months, which is a total of $2400.

However, we understand that for most yeshivos, that is unfeasible. Therefore, pricing for yeshivos is as follows (per year):

  • The first 30 bochurim to take the course: $500 per talmid.
  • From 31-60: $400 per talmid.
  • From 61 and up: $300 per talmid.

Note: Included in the above price is the price of the books, which we will be mailing out to you (12 books per talmid). We think it is perfectly reasonable that the lomdim should pay for their own books, much like they pay for their own Gemara, Shulchan Aruch and other seforim. In the yeshivos we currently run courses in, the bochurim contribute $100 – $150 for their books. The cost is thus brought down for the yeshiva.

Frequently Asked Questions

Machon Smicha is an institute of halachah that empowers people to learn and master halachah by offering rigorous and structured courses across a broad spectrum of topics. Learn more here

Regularly, the course lasts 12 months. However, we have tailored the schedule to fit the American yeshiva year. With regards to how much time is required, assuming yeshiva has a proper 45-60 minute halchah seder five days a week, that is enough.

Absolutely. Reach out to us if you want help turning the course into a more central part of your daily yeshiva seder, i.e., for more than 45 – 60 minutes a day.

  1. Borer (שו״ע או״ח סי׳ שי״ט)
  2. Muktzeh (שו״ע או״ח סי׳ ש״ח – ש״י)
  3. Bishul (שו״ע או״ח סי׳ שי״ח, רנ״ג – רנ״ז)
  4. Amirah L’nachri (חלקים משו״ע או״ח)
  5. Refuah (שו״ע או״ח סי׳ שכ״ח)

If you want to significantly upgrade the quality of the halachah seder in your yeshiva, this could be a great way to achieve just that.

We are prepared to offer your yeshiva our full package, and what is required of you really depends on how you want to go about it. Some yeshivos use our shiurim, our quizzes, and our tests, whereas others want to have their own.

One thing we do recommend that you appoint a shoel u’meishiv in your yeshiva, available to answer questions, and to communicate with Machon Smicha.

That said, however you choose, we intend to provide you with as much support as we can throughout the year.