The classes in Migdal Oz focus on imbuing textual skills for lifelong learning, in addition to knowledge and values. Our curriculum focuses on four main areas: Gemara, Halacha, Tanach, and Machshava. Students are exposed to serious and in-depth study in these areas. The program is unique in that much of the study takes place in the Beit Midrash, and an emphasis is placed on developing independent learning skills. Much time is spent learning b’chavruta, and in independent preparation for shiurim. The Beit Midrash is always open.
Three to four mornings a week are devoted to Gemara b’Iyun , emphasizing understanding the sugya from beginning to end, from Torah She’b’chtav, Mishnah and following the chain of mesora through the Rishonim, Achronim and the scholars of our day. The regular shiurim (three times a week-Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) emphasize developing independent learning skills, and literacy in Gemara, and the mastery of the Aramaic language. The advanced shiur (four times a week-including Sundays) focuses on the sugya and its conceptual understanding, and furthering independent learning skills. Much of the morning is spent in chavruta preparation in the Beit Midrash with the ram/it present to answer questions and offer guidance. After chavruta preparation, the class gathers for the Ram’s (gemara teacher) shiur on the sugya.
Wednesday morning features a women in halacha class, followed by your choice of seder/shiur in Nach, Halacha, or Machshava.
In Migdal Oz, you will learn from some of the most well-known names in Torah education today, including the Roshei Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion. A wide array of stimulating, high level classes are offered in Tanach, Halacha, Machshava, and other areas of Gemara. Interested students can also join select Shana Bet classes. See the sample schedule and course catalogue for examples.
Students can (and are encouraged to) also use part of their afternoons to make chavrutas in subjects they’re interested in outside of class, do chessed volunteering, engage in extra-curricular programming or take some personal time.
Students select a bekiyut track (study focused on breadth) in Tanach, Machshava, or Gemara. Study takes place in chavruta in the Beit Midrash, with the guidance of staff members and shana gimmel/dalet students who are present during this time to answer questions. Students gain independent learning skills and breadth of knowledge. Each track is accompanied by a weekly shiur which guides the learning and explores topics more in depth.
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