Announcement: New VBM Courses

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Yeshivat Har Etzion’s Israel Koschitzky Virtual Beit Midrash‘s new curriculum for 5772 (2011-12) has been posted, featuring 16 weekly written courses:

As always, the courses are free of charge. Classes begin next week.

We are pleased to offer several exciting new courses, including:

  • The Book of Daniel, Rav Yaakov Medan
  • Great Biblical Exegetes, Dr. Avigail Rock
  • Principles of Faith, Rav Joshua Amaru
  • Ethics of Interpersonal Conduct, Rav Binyamin Zimmerman

Continuing courses include: Talmudic Aggada, The Temple, Topics in Halakha, The Laws of Shabbat, Parashat haShavua, Sefer Shemuel, Gemara Gittin, Gemara Megilla, Talmudic Methodology.

The Virtual Beit Midrash is the world’s foremost online academy of Torah studies, featuring high level courses in Talmud, Halakha, Bible, and Jewish Philosophy. The goal of the VBM is to provide anyone with a window on the beit midrash, making regular Torah learning and Jewish education available to all. Over 40,000 people have studied in the VBM over the past seventeen years!

(Announce your simchah or Torah lectures by clicking on the button in the top right corner of Hirhurim. See here for readership statistics and here for instructions on buying an announcement. Please note that announcements now cost $36 each.)

About Gil Student

Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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