The Semichas Chaver Program is an innovative, fast-paced and interactive halacha l’maysa learning program that has been launched worldwide in partnership with the Orthodox Union.
The weekly shiurim include engaging questions pertaining to day-to-day life as well as a dedicated segment on the taamei ha’mitzvos. The bulk of the chaburah is devoted to learning the relevant maarei m’komos from the psukim until the modern-day poskim, thereby imparting the shalsheles of our mesorah. The core learning is complemented by multimedia presentations that bring the halacha alive.
The program is ongoing, and every six months there is a comprehensive exam followed by a community wide siyum celebrating the participants’ accomplishments in Torah learning. Those that successfully pass the exam are awarded a “Semichas Chaver” certificate of achievement signed by Ha’Gaon Rav Zalman Nechmeia Goldberg, Ha’Gaon Rav Shlomo Amar and Ha’Gaon Rav Hershel Shachter.
The Semichas Chaver Program includes:
- Hashkafic understanding of the ethical meaning of the halacha
- Contemporary questions that evoke interactive and dynamic discussion
- Material that is designed to be imparted to the participant’s families at the Shabbos table
- In person chaburah creates a strong sense of chevra and comradery
- Bi-annual siyumim for the participants and their families
- Semichas Chaver certificate of achievement signed by Gedolei Yisrael