Semichas Chaver – Chabad is Expanding to Crown Heights

Semichas Chaver – Chabad, in conjunction with Irgun Torah, is announcing its expansion into Crown Heights with two Magidei shiurim, Rabbi Michoel Lerner and Rabbi Zalman Abraham.

Rabbi Michoel Lerner’s shiur will take place Sunday mornings, 10:15am at Lefferts Shul, 672 Lefferts Ave starting October 17th /11th of Cheshvan.
For registration for Rabbi Lerner’s shiur fill out the Google Form:

Rabbi Zalman Abraham’s Shiur will take place Sunday nights, following ma’ariv, 8:00pm at East Flatbush Beis Midrash 790 Troy Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11203 starting October 24th/18th of Cheshvan.
For registration for Rabbi Abraham’s shiur, email: or call: 917-758-8984

Limited space, Register now!

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Semichas Chaver (SCP) is an organization led by Rabbi Elyada Goldwicht that provides a curriculum to teach in-depth halacha classes. The program is currently in over 120 locations with over 2,000 weekly talmidim. The classes are a text based study of the background and underlying principles of the halacha. The curriculum starts with the Gemara and Shulchan Aruch and follows the chain of the halacha to the contemporary Poskim.

Semichas Chaver – Chabad (SCP-Chabad) is a branch of Semichas Chaver directed by Rabbi Betzalel Bassman and Rabbi Avrohom Jacks. SCP-Chabad is working in conjunction with numerous Lubavitcher Rabbonim to adapt the curriculum to follow the opinions of the Alter Rebbe, Tzemach Tzedek and Chabad Poskim.

The curriculum is approximately a 7-year program divided into 6-month courses. Each 6-month course is an independent study. After each 6-month course, the students review the material and take a test. Those that pass the test receive a prestigious Semichas Chaver plaque signed by leading Rabbonim in the world and Chabad. SCP-Chabad is endorsed by HaRav Gedaliya Oberlander shlit”a and HaRav Yehoram Ullman shlit”a.


What topics are going to be covered in the next current curriculum?

In the coming zman, the topics will be Lechem Mishna, the morning Kiddush, Havdalah and Amira Lakum.

What are some examples of the topics covered over the 7 year curriculum?

Bishul Akum, Pas Akum, Tevilas Keilim, Ha’galas Keilim, Basar V’cholov, Berochos, Nida, Mezuzah, Muktza, Melaben, Bone B’Keilim, Borer, Sechita, Hadlokas Neiros, Ribbis, Hilchos Tefila, Hilchos Beis Haknesses, And much more.

Is there a cost to participate?

There is no cost for the Talmidim, all that is required is a desire to grow in Torah and Yiras Shomayim.

How often is the shiur?

It is a weekly shiur. In each 6 month zman there are about 20 shiurim. There are a few weeks left for off weeks and a couple of weeks for review before the test and siyum.

I already got Semicha, is there anything for me to gain from Semichas Chaver?

In the current 14 SCP-Chabad locations there are over 300 weekly participants and most have Semicha. The majority of the topics covered are not studied in many Semicha programs and even topics that are covered like Shabbos have a much stronger focus on practical applications of the 21st century than most students had in traditional Semicha programs. The feedback we got was that the material is equally intriguing to those with semicha, a yeshiva background or even those with no yeshiva background. In some of the classes more than half of the participants have Semicha in Yore Deah and Shabbos and they felt that the learning was refreshing and challenging.

Is this Rabbinical Semicha?

No, this is a certificate that celebrates mastery over various sections in Halacha.

Are the classes available over Zoom?

No, the classes are live face-to-face.

Can I get recordings of the class?

The classes are only available to regular participants. If someone misses a class they can get a recording but they are not available to the public.

What is unique about SCP-Chabad?

Participants feel that it is the perfect balance between a deep understanding of the background to the halacha and the extreme practical modern application.

What’s special about SCP-Chabad is that each student is charged with taking the information from the shiur and bringing it home to their family. After each shiur participants receive Q&A’s based on that week’s class to share practical halachos at the Shabbos table. There is also a weekly comic strip based on one of the halachos of that week’s class to share with the kids.

“כל איש ישראל חייב בתלמוד תורה . . בתחלה צריך לידע הרבה מן האיסור והמותר . . ואיך לעשות המצות הנהוגות כדי שידע לשמור ולעשות ולא יחטא” – אדמו”ר הזקן, שולחן ערוך א, קנה א.

אודות קביעות בכל יום ויום ללמוד שו”ע אורח חיים בהלכות הנצרכות למעשה – הרי כדי שלימוד זה יהי’ בקביעות, צ”ל גם לימוד השו”ע בחבורה דוקא, עכ”פ פעם או פעמיים בשבוע – תורת מנחם יג, 85.p

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