Dear Student,

Welcome to the newest initiative of the Shema Yisroel-Pirchei Shoshanim project.

The course to become licensed as a to’en Rabbani is exciting and important for a number of reasons:

·     First of all, it continues and expands the tradition of Shema Yisroel-Pirchei Shoshanim in encouraging learning halacha in a focused and goal-oriented manner that maximizes the mitzva of limud torah in practical aspects of Choshen Mishpat and Even HaEzer which are not usually learned in other programs.

·     Secondly, one who completes the course can receive a certificate from the Israeli Rabbanut which enables the graduate to practice as a to’en Rabbani—essentially a lawyer in Beis Din—which can be a very lucrative field.

·     Finally, halacha commands us to bring our financial disputes to beis din and not to secular court; however, if litigants are not confidant that they can present their case effectively and receive true justice in beis din, they often find adhering to this halacha very challenging. By producing a cadre of to’anim who are simultaneously proficient in the relevant halachos, familiar with the accepted procedures, professionally licensed and honest yarei shomayim; there is hope that we can be at the vanguard of a revolution that will reinstate the primacy of the beis din as the appropriate venue to resolve both monetary and family disputes.

Over the duration of this course we will present in an organized and focused manner all of the halachos required to pass the licensing exams of the Rabbanut, replete with practical examples, reviews and quizzes; to ensure the material is understood and remembered. Written lessons will be accompanied by video shiurim, and we will address all questions in a prompt and timely manner.

At the conclusion of each section of the curriculum, arrangements will be made for those who wish to take the Rabbanut’s formal examinations in Hebrew; and as part of the review, examples of previous tests will be supplied. Those who are not interested in the Hebrew exams from the Rabbanut and official licensing, can take our internal English tests and receive our private certification.

The curriculum for a license from the Rabbanut includes two written tests on Choshen Mishpat and two written tests on Even HaEzer, plus a written test on the protocols and procedures governing beis din, and an oral test encompassing all of the prior material with practical examples and precedents from the Rabbanut’s archives. We will provide you with all of the necessary information, structured in a manner which maximizes clarity and comprehension to ensure fluency in all of the requirements.

We hope you will enjoy this combination of accountability and incentive, and find excitement as part of this new global movement.

Kol Tuv,

Rabbi Peretz Moncharsh

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