A group of Lubavitchers in Baltimore successfully mastered the laws of Amira L’Nochri on Shabbos as part of the Semichas Chaver – Chabad program.
By Anash.org reporter
A siyum was held in Baltimore, celebrating the achievements of 10 individuals who successfully completed the Semichas Chaver – Chabad program on the laws of Amira L’Nochri on Shabbos, lechem mishne, kiddush and havdalah.
Addressing the siyum were Rabbi Nochum Levin, rov of Young Anash Shul and a maggid shiur in Yeshivas Lubavitch Baltimore, and R’ Shmuel Katchman. It was followed by a farbrengen by Rabbi Moshe Slavaticki on the importance of Kvius Itim L’Torah.
Rabbi Yechiel Shanowitz, who runs the Semichas Chaver – Chabad program in Baltimore, joined weekly by 35 participants, is proud of the great success that the program has seen.
“For quite a few years we have been working on creating learning opportunities for Anash here in Baltimore,” he said. “When presenting SCP to Balei Battim there was an unprecedented interest displayed. People were very impressed by the professionalism and detail of the program. Since we have begun, every week the Beis Medrash is full of participants.
“The positive feedback has been non-stop. Never before have they learned the most practical halachos with such depth and clarity. The practical Q&As, sourcebooks and PowerPoints make the experience very engaging. In addition, the weekly emails with notes, Q&As and comic strips really bring the halachos home. A huge side benefit is the achdus and comradery created among the participants.”
A significant factor in the program’s success is the talented maggid shiur, Rabbi Moshe Slavaticki, a local rosh yeshiva who brings a wealth of knowledge to each class, delivered clearly and thoughtfully.
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.
Those who passed the final test received their diplomas, signed by Chief Rabbi of Yerushalayim, Rishon L’Tziyon, Rabbi Shlomo Amar; and prominent Chabad poskim Rabbi Gedalya Oberlander and Rabbi Yehoram Ulman.
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.
SCP-Chabad is currently in 16 communities around the world. If you’d like to discuss bringing SCP-Chabad to your community please reach out to [email protected].