From 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM each day, students join in small classes to study Gemara with our expert faculty
. It’s here that Shapell’s students gain the skills and knowledge necessary to start learning Gemara “on their own”. The morning is divided between a short shiur in hashkafa (Jewish philosophy), Gemara study with a chavrusa in the beit midrash, and a well-structured and interactive shiur to teach the fundamentals of Gemara language, structure, and thinking.
The Shapell’s system is designed for students to progress through different levels of Gemara, beginning with the structure and language of the Gemara, integrating the study of Rashi and Tosfos, and finally understanding the role that other commentaries play in understanding the text.