TORAT SHIMON MICKAEL SELLAM
The Goals and Mission of the Beit Midrash:
The Beit Midrash "Torat Shimon Michael Sellam" was established by Rabbi Shimon Yisrael Shlit"a, through the generosity of Mr. Shimon Michael Sellam, in order to create a program for the good of the Torah learners in Jerusalem to prepare them for a certificate and recognition from the Rabbinate of The Chief Rabbi of Israel to serve as as Rabbis and Teachers of Klal Israel.
The certificate will be obtained by providing the foundations of Halakha and Civil Law according to the Talmud and the Shulchan Aruch, as well as a study of the Halachic ruling on the daily issues that are renewed every day, in the scope and in accordance with the course presented below.
Today the Beth Midrash consists of 200 avrehims and 80 bahourims.
Study Track A: The Yoreh Yoreh
The "Yoreh Yoreh"
This program is under the supervision of Rav Chaim Maimoni shlita.
This course of study provides the students of the Beit Midrash with the knowledge required in most current subjects that are frequently needed by a community Rabbi or neighborhood Rabbi.
This course is a deep and engrossed study that focuses on six central topics that concern every Jew and encompasses most of the issues that are to be decided by a Rabbi in a public position.
1. Halachot Shabbat (duration of study - two years)
Study of the Talmud in Tractate Shabbat on all the issues dealing with Melachot and prohibitions of Shabbat together with the rulings of the Rambam, the Rif, and the Rosh.
A comprehensive and extensive study of Shulchan Aruch Halachot Shabbat together commentaries of the Tur, Beit Yosef, Turei Zahav, Magen Avraham, Mishna Berurah and Biur Halacha.
The duration of the study is about two years. This section includes the study of 157 pages of Gemara from Tractate Shabbat and the study of 98 Simanim of the Shulchan Aruch in Tractate Shabbat together with all of their commentaries.
During the time of the learning track there will be 22 internal tests given by the Rosh Kollel at the end of each topic in Hilchot Shabbat. The track will then be completed by a national test through the Chief Rabbinate of Israel which if passed the Kollel students will receive a certificate for ruling in the Laws of Shabbat.
2. In Hilchot Tahara (duration of study - one year)
Comprehensive and extensive study of the laws of family purity from a Talmudic and Halakha perspective to practical knowledge of the anatomy of the woman. This section also encompasses medical knowledge of all different situations that arise and the cases brought to a Rabbi in Israel during a woman's period cycle, pregnancy, labor, or illness.
The duration of study is one year and includes a study of selected sections from Tractate Nida from the Talmud (30 pages of Gemara) together with all of their commentators; Rashi, Tosafot, Rambam, the Rif, and the Rosh. In addition, the study of the Tur Beit Yosef and the Shulchan Aruch of the Laws of Niddah (17 simanim) with commentaries on the Shulchan Aruch, Turei Zahav, Siftei Cohen, and Pitchei Teshuva.
During the course of the studies 10 internal tests will be conducted by the Rosh Kollel in preparation for the national exam to be conducted by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
In addition, shiurim will be given by Rabbis who specialize in this wide field to provide tools for these future Rabbis to rule and decide on cases brought to them in this subject.
3. Laws of Prohibition and Permission (duration of study - two years)
The laws of prohibition and permission include all the Halakhic issues in the field of food, such as the laws of meat & milk, the laws of the cooking by gentiles, the laws of vessels, the laws of salting meat, and more.
This topic covers the laws that arise every day in every house and everywhere that sells and markets food products.
The study includes an in depth study of Tractate Hulin (142 pages of Gemara) together with the basic commentators Rashi, & Tosafot, as well as the rulings of the Rambam, the Rif, and the Rosh. In addition, the study of all the Simanim of the Shulchan Aruch dealing with these matters in the Shulchan Arukh "Yoreh De'ah". (60 in total)
During the course of studies 18 internal tests will be conducted by the Rosh Kollel at the conclusion of each topic. At the conclusion of the course the students will take the national test conducted by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
5. Laws of Chuppah and Kiddushin (Duration of Study - Five Months)
Study of the Laws of Marriage and Chuppah needed to officiate a wedding. Areas of study covered are the laws of the text of the Ketubah, the financial obligation between the couple, the form of writing the names of the bride and groom, and the laws of witnesses.
This subject includes the study of 21 selected simanim in the laws of
"Even HaEzer" and "Choshen Mishpat" and the familiarity with the common situations that arise in the preparation of the marriage ceremony.
During the course of the studies four internal tests will be conducted by the Rosh Kollel and concludes with the national test to be conducted by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
4. Laws of Ritual Baths - Mikvehs (duration of study - four months)
The study of all the topics in the Mishna and Talmud dealing with the construction of a Mikveh and its operation, permitted waters and the ability to immerse in it. In addition, obtaining professional knowledge of the architectural structure and the construction of the Mikveh.
This study includes the Mishnah of Tractate Mikveh (10 chapters) as well as a study of the laws of Mikvehs from the Shulhan Aruch (75 sections) through the course of four months.
During the course of studies four internal tests will be conducted by the Rosh Kollel including a national test that will be conducted by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
The classes for this section will be given by Rabbis who specialize in the construction and planning of Mikevehs.
6. Laws of Smachot (duration of study - five months)
Studies include the knowledge of the basic and central laws needed to give over to someone in the situation of the death of a close relative including the time of passing, the funeral, sitting Shiva, and all the laws practiced during the year of mourning.
This study includes 63 simanim from the Shulchan Aruch "Yoreh De'ah" together with all of its main commentators.
During the course of the studies 4 tests will be conducted by the Rosh Kollel and concludes with the national test to be conducted by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
Study Track B : The Rabbanout / Dayanout
The program is to run for 8 years.
It is under the supervision of the well known Dayan Rabbi Ovadia Yossef Toledano Shlita and Rabbi Shimon Farber shlita.
By the end of each month, students sit an examen on the topics covered during the month and by the end of each years they sit an examen on the topic studied over the year.
After 8 years, students sit the prestigious certificate of Rabbanout in order to become rabbi in Israel.
Study Track D: SHEVIIT
This program concerns all the halachot related to the shmita, including the halachot of trumot and maasrot. Topics learned include how to take fruits and vegetables for the seventh year of the shemita, the prohibition of ploughing the earth, the rules about the selling of seventh year produce.
Study Track D: NASHIM / NEZIKIN
The program of Nashim includes the 7 tractates below: Yevamot, Ketubot, Nedarim, Nazir, Sota, Guittin, Kiddushin.
Nezikin includes 10 tractates and deals largely with Jewish criminal and civil law and the Jewish court system.
The Avreichim learn one daf per week and have an exam on the material at the end of each month.