The Shabbos Shield: Learn Hilchot Shabbos in a Structured Program for working professionals

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This year we saw first-hand the kedusha of Shabbos – two Torah mitzvoth were not performed out of concern that one who fulfills them may unintentionally desecrate the Shabbos – shofar and daled minim.  One of the Rabbanim said, even before the current situation in Israel, that when the shofar is not blown on the first day of Rosh Hashanah then it is the Shabbos that protects us – thus this year it is very important to designate time for learning Hilchos Shabbos. When asked what we can do to help with the war efforts, Harav Yitzchak Silberstein Shlit”a said that we should focus on Hilchos Shabbos. With this in mind, we are beginning a new cycle of Orach Chaim beginning with Hilchos Shabbos. We strongly encourage you to join us for your own sake and for the sake of Klal Yisrael.

We would like to introduce you to a program that will restore that passion and excitement for in-depth learning, while at the same time give you basic as well as deep knowledge in halacha.  While during your years in Yeshiva the focus was most likely on Nashim and Nezikin, we would like to introduce you to a world that perhaps you have never seen – the world of in-depth halacha.  Here you will explore halacha as you never have – beginning with the Gemara and learning through Rishonim, Tur, Beit Yosef, Shulchan Aruch and its commentaries.  Once you have mastered the concepts, they will be applied to studying the rulings of contemporary poskim such as Harav Moshe Feinstein, Harav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, and Harav Ovadia Yosef’s Sephardic viewpoint and tradition.

The Virtual Halacha Program, known as VHP, stresses chazarah as well as tests, as aids in truly mastering the material.   Although our primary goal is to learn Torah and to bring back the excitement to your learning, we offer a semicha program as well.  For many, this provides focus and incentive to review and truly master what they have learned.

The program has just completed a four-year cycle of Orach Chaim.  This coming Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan (October 15) we will not only begin a new cycle of Orach Chaim, but we are introducing a Yoreh Deah tract which offers an extensive study of: the laws of basar b’chalav, niddah, yichud, tevillas keilim, and more.

We encourage you to join us and be a part of this exciting program.


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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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