Torah Ohr Academy is dedicated to achieving academic excellence in both Torah and General Studies. We inspire an appreciation for the beauty of the Torah through Chassidus, analytical, critical, and independent thinking. Our goal is to infuse our students with a lifelong love of learning, promote scholastic achievement, and foster personal growth. We prepare our students to achieve their dreams, become the leaders of tomorrow, and to confront the spiritual as well as the professional challenges of today’s modern society.
For גמרא לעיון the curriculum follows the general cycle of Chabad Yeshivos established by the Rebbe. For 5781 מסכת פסחים will be learned.
Classes are divided by academic level, not by grade level.
One of the goals of the Gemara program is to equip students with the methodological skills necessary for proficiency in the classic style of learning. Through the development of vocabulary, grammar and syntax rules, students progress toward mastery of independent Gemara study. The focal point of this methodology is the Gemara itself. The students are taught how to “extract” the unspoken assumptions in the sugya, and to develop the conceptual basis for each machlokes, havah amina and maskanah, and kushya and terutz in the Gemara. Specific methodologies include how to identify the “pivotal point” of each dichotomy, and how to use deduction and induction in the creation of a sevara.
There will be a strong focus on reading and understing the styles, necessities, additions and purpose of Rashi and Tosfos and other Mefarshim. Students will also learn and begin to understand the Halachic process and the Mesorah. At the end of each unit, the Halacha that emerges from the גמרא/Talmud is developed and traced until today’s practical Halacha.
There will be daily גמרא לגירסא where the buchrim will be developing their knowledge and structure of Gemara.
The Halacha curriculum focuses on the Rebbe’s guidelines that the learning should be geared to practical observance of Mitzvos and the importance of learning how to learn. As such we will be learning the Alter Rebbe שולחן עורך on הלכות למעשה to know what to do, with an added focus on understanding the structure, how to identify, and summarize a Seif and Simon in שולחן עורך.
Some of the topics we will be covering:
In line with the Rebbe’s directive to Yeshivos to primarily raise Talmidim who are Yirei Shomayim, and Chassidishe, the Chassidus curriculum is carefully designed.
The emphasis is placed on helping the Bochurim build their knowledge of concepts in Chassidus, starting from more basic and fundamental concepts and skills of how to navigate, understand and personalize Chassidus gradually moving to deeper and more complex. However, the underlying direction is that each Talmid should have a clear understanding of the basics and significance to their personal life, before moving on to the next level.
In order to achieve this, specific Ma’amorim, Sichos, and Sifrei Chassidus, as well as other text are selected relevant to each grade, age, and Inyonei D’Yoma, based on guidance from Chassidishe Mashpi’im.
We will learn Chumash with a focus of understanding Rashi through the lense of the Rebbe. We will focus on the 4 different kinds of commentaries, their styles and contribution.
Talmidim will learn about Chabad history in connection with Yomei D’Pagra.