Beis Medrash for Advanced Contemporary Halacha


We are proud to announce the opening of an online program for advanced contemporary halacha, with the goal of providing a thorough knowledge of halacha as it applies to today’s day and age. This course of advanced study (previously known as “Post-Semicha,” hosted by theyeshiva.net) is intended for anash, temimim, rabbonim and shluchim who have already completed semicha, as per the directive of the Rebbe, and feel the need to broaden their knowledge in areas of halacha that are vital in the present time.

The one-year course will include a series of online shiurim from Rabbi Feitel Levin, author of the three-volume index Hamafteach Hagadol, and a Rav for over thirty years in Australia. The immersive shiurim will cover areas spanning all four sections of Shulchan Aruch, with special emphasis on subjects that are relevant in daily practice of a rov and shliach.

Standard semicha learning helps one gain knowledge of the Shulchan Aruch and commentaries, but generally doesn’t touch upon the new questions of our times. It also doesn’t include the rich halachic material found in the shaalos uteshuvos of contemporary poskim, which is vital for being able to ascertain the halacha in modern-day cases that are constantly developing due to  technological advances.

As chassidim and shluchim, who come in contact with the greater world and the modern-day challenges of the rapidly advancing scientific and medical fields, it is imperative to know the Torah’s approach and the clear halacha on every issue, based on the rulings of the rishonim and acharonim and the Alter Rebbe’s Shulchan Aruch, up until the gedolei haposkim in recent times.

This course will cover the entire spectrum of contemporary halacha and the major halachic issues that face the Jewish world today. From intermarriage to suicide; from interest to internet; from divorces to the laws of a shul; from autopsies to abortions; from conversions to mamzerus; from electronics to euthanasia; from fertility issues to officiating at a wedding.

The course will be divided into the following general modules: (1) Life Cycle, (2) Electricity and Technology, (3) Halachos of the Shul, (4) Contemporary Even Ha’ezer and Choshen Mishpat, (5) The Role of Women in Yiddishkeit, and (6) Medical Halacha.

Participants will be provided with a detailed syllabus of teshuvos to study corresponding to the current module. There will typically be two weekly online shiurim given by Rabbi Feitel Levin, which will also include information on the scientific and factual aspects of the halachos discussed. The shiurim will be accompanied by clear PowerPoint presentations, which will make the study relevant and interesting.

Students will have the ability to ask questions, chat with Rabbi Levin, and discuss their learning with him. A detailed exam will follow the conclusion of each module (with a total of 6 exams).


:ועוד ענין בזה
בעקבות חידוש והתפתחות הטכניקה בשנים האחרונות — נתעוררו כו”כ שאלות חדשות בעניני הלכה למעשה, שלא היו בדורות שלפנינו. ומובן, שכדי לפסוק הלכה בענינים כאלו — צריכים לדעת תחילה את אופן הפעולה של אותו מכשיר מסויים (וכיו׳׳ב) שאודותיו מתעוררת השאלה, ורק אז יכולים לגשת לפסק־ההלכה.י
וע”ד שאמר רב, “י”ח חדשים גדלתי אצל רועה בהמה כדי לדעת איזה מום קבוע ואיזה מום עובר”. והגע עצמך: לאחרי שהי’ רב בדרגת גדול בתורה, ראש־ישיבה וכו’ — “הקדיש מזמנו ועיסוקיו כ”ראש־ישיבה”, והלך לשהות במחיצתו של “רועה בהמה” במשך י”ח חודש, כדי שיהי’ “בקי במומי”!י

ומזה מובן גם בעניננו, שכדי לפסוק בענינים הקשורים עם התפתחות הטכניקה — יש ללמוד ולדעת את כל מה שקשור לאופן פעולתו של המכשיר וכיו”ב.י

(משיחת ש”פ נשא תשמ”ה)

The program offers three streams:

תורתו אומנותו 

  • Listening to the shiurim and study of some 200 fascinating teshuvos.
  • Each module will be followed by an exam on the shiurim and teshuvos.
  • Ideal for bochurim and kollel yungerleit who can devote most or all of their (nigleh) study time toward the program.
שונה הלכות

  • Listening to the shiurim and study of the relevant teshuvos at your pace.
  • Each module will be followed by an exam on the shiurim (only).
  • Ideal for anash and shluchim who can devote a substantial amount of time toward the program.
אליבא דהלכתא

  • Listening to the shiurim only.
  • Ideal for rabbonim and shluchim who are only able to devote a minimal amount of time toward the program.
  • Requires 3-4 hours a week to watch the in-depth and highly interesting shiurim.

If you are a Shliach please continue here.

Certification

At the conclusion of the academic year, successful students in each stream will receive a certificate appropriate for the stream they undertook.

Registration, Price & Schedule

Registration & Schedule

The course will begin, b’ezras Hashem, on 5 Cheshvan 5779 (14 October 2018), and will continue until 8 Tamuz 5779 (11 July 2019).
Orientation week, including final enrollment, will be from 25 Tishrei (Oct. 4) until 2 Cheshvan (Oct. 11).

Fee: Cost for the program:

תורתו אומנותו
$3950
שונה הלכות
$3450
אליבא דהלכתא
$3250

Partial scholarships are available. Payment is due with registration. Payment plans can be arranged to pay in installments throughout the year.

Calendar:

מעגל החיים

ח’ חשון – כ”א כסלו

חשמל וטכנולוגיה

כ”ו כסלו – י”א שבט

מקדש מעט

י”ד שבט – כ”ג אדר א’

אבן העזר וחושן משפט

כ”ז אדר א’ – ה’ ניסן

נשי ובנות ישראל

א’ אייר – י”ט אייר

מדע ורפואה

כ”ב אייר – ח’ תמוז

Which stream suits me?

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How many hours a week must I devote to this study program?

Participation in the אליבא דהלכתא stream can require as little as 3-4 hours a week.
If you choose to do the שונה הלכות stream, you will need approximately another hour or two to learn the tshuvos, at your own pace.
The modules include a few concluding weeks without shiurim, which are allocated as time for chazarah.

However, if you want to have the full experience and would like to participate in the תורתו אומנותו stream, you will need around five hours a day (five days a week), to study the relevant teshuvos in depth, listen to the shiurim, and review all the above for the exams.
תורתו אומנותו is an intense curriculum that requires diligence and time. It is also the most rewarding in terms of the study itself and the knowledge you will attain that can be applied to your rabbonus and/or shlichus.

How do I know if this program is for me?

If you are serious about learning and want to gain a thorough understanding of contemporary halacha, or if you plan on becoming a shliach or rov and would like to be able to personally address the issues that will consistently face you, this program is for you. (Naturally, if you are a student in a yeshiva or kollel, permission must be received from the faculty before joining.)

How do I find out about the new shiurim?

You will receive email notifications each time a new shiur will be posted.
All participants will have access to an online system where all new shiurim will be uploaded.

How do I communicate with other participants and Rabbi Levin?

All participants will be able to join the Whatsapp groups where the current topics will be discussed. Rabbi Levin will be present as well.
If necessary or if it will be more comfortable for you, Rabbi Levin can be emailed at his personal address.

What type of certification will I receive at the end?

Whichever stream you choose, the certification will attest to considerable knowledge across a wide range of areas of contemporary halacha, none of them commonly covered in semicha. Depending on the stream you choose, it will attest to the depth of your knowledge.

If you participate in the תורתו אומנותו stream, your certificate will also attest to your ability to reach for, open up, and successfully learn from the shaalos uteshuvos of contemporary poskim (in addition to Gemara, Tur, Beis Yosef, Shulchan Aruch and commentaries, as in semicha).

How much preparation is needed for the shiurim?

No preparation is needed for the shiurim. However, those who study the teshuvos curriculum will have a deeper understanding of the shiurim, as they will be studying all of the related texts.

I am very interested in this program. What types of scholarships are available?

Scholarships are available.
Please email us the details of your work and financial situation and how much you can afford to pay, and we will try to accommodate your situation to the best of our ability. Please be very forthcoming and honest, and be assured that the information will remain completely confidential.
Email your details to BMACH@merkos302.com

I would love to participate in the full program; however, I don’t have adequate time to study, revise and complete the tests in one year. Can I enroll in the תורתו אומנותו stream and complete it over the course of multiple years?

Yes, we offer this possibility, in which you would be able, bez”h, to complete the course over a two- or even three-year period. Ideally, you should take the tests at the time they are scheduled in each particular year. You would do a few tests one year during the set dates, and the remaining tests the following year during the set days for those tests.
Other special arrangements can be made if necessary by contacting Rabbi Levin.

About the Teacher

Rabbi Faitel Levin is considered one of the greatest authorities on Jewish law today, with special expertise in science, medicine, technology and contemporary communal issues.
Rabbi Levin has served as head of the renowned Gutnick Rabbinical Ordination Center in Melbourne for eighteen years, educating and ordaining hundreds of students who went on to serve as rabbis across the globe.
Rabbi Levin is the author of the highly popular three-volume index Hamafteach Hagadol on topical issues in halacha, and many other works and articles. He has lectured at many major rabbinic and medical conferences.

Who can I contact about the program?

Please send an email to: BMACH@merkos302.com.
All communication will be answered by our administration, and will be treated with full confidentiality. It will be discussed only with the minimum number of people in our organization required to provide you with the correct answer. If you need to communicate directly with Rabbi Feitel Levin, please email: flevin18@gmail.com 

Partial listing of the modules and subjects to be covered

חשמל \ טכנולוגיה

ידיעה בסיסית בחשמל

שעון שבת

מקרר בשבת

מכשירי תאורה

בישול וחימום

הפעלת מכשירים אלקטרוניים בשבת, על ידי: קול, כובד, נוכחות, חיישנים

Electronic sensors

מחשב

פעילות הנעשית באינטרנט

משלוח הודעות במכשירים אלקטרוניים

 

נשי ובנות ישראל

מעמד האשה בזמננו

לימוד התורה לנשים

קיום מצוות לנשים

עגונה

הסכם קדם נישואין

 

ענינים כלליים

קו התאריך

פורשים מדרכי הציבור

כח דהיתרא

שעת הדחק

 

מדע ורפואה

ניתוחי מתים

תרומת איברים

השתלות מהחי

השתלות מהמת

השתלב לב

קביעת רגע המוות

המתת חסד

הפלה

הפרייה מלאכותית

בדיקת אמהות

genetics – גנטיקה

 stem-cells – תאי גזע

cloning – שיבוט

מאבד עצמו לדעת

רפואה בשבת

מעגל החיים

הריון

לידה

ברית מילה

נתינת שם

פדיון הבן

חינוך קטנים וקטנות

בר \ בת מצווה

שידוכין

סידור חופה וקידושין

הכנת כתובה

גיטין

הלכות שמחות: פטירה, הלוויה, קבורה, שבעה, שלושים

 

מקדש מעט

בניין בית הכנסת

מיקום הבימה

מחיצה

חיובים, כיבודים

טעות בספר תורה

שימוש במיקרופון

כשרות האכו”ש המוגש בבית הכנסת

יחסים ושלום בין חברי הקהילה


אבן העזר וחושן משפט

גירות

בירור יוחסין

ממזרות

שמות בגיטין

נישואין וגירושין אזרחיים

מכונת אמת

DNA בדיקת

מניות

ריבית

שותפות בחברות בנוגע לחילול שבת ושאר איסורים

דינא דמלכותא

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