We offer three types of semicha :
- Rav U’Manhig (Rabbinical Rabbi of a Shul or Congregation). Given upon completion of all 6 Mishneh Berureh courses
- Yoreh Yoreh (Standard Semicha on Yoreh Deah). Given upon completion of the Yoreh Deah course (see details below).
- Yadin Yadin (Semicha on Choshen Mishpat; Money Matters). Given upon completion of the Choshen Mishpat course.
Mishneh Berureh – a commentary on Orach Chaim – is the longest course we offer. It is the most INTENSE COURSE taking approximately 3 years to complete. About 50 tests on the subject and the Semicha is Rav U’Manhig. Subjects covered consisting of Halacha of waking up in the morning, davening, Shabbos and all holidays. Each Shiur is 45 minutes long and each shiur has about 5 questions on that shiur. The passing grade for each test is 70%, and semicha will be awarded once all tests for all six volumes are completed. “Rav U’ Manhig” means “Rabbi & Leader” and is the Semicha that is generally given at Ner Yisrael Yeshiva.
There are two courses given on Yoreh Deah: Rabbi Channen gives Semicha “Yoreh Yoreh” on the first Chelek on Kashruth. Please see the Chonen Daas website for full information. Rabbi Katz gives Semicha “Yoreh Yoreh” on the second section of Yoreh Deah. This section deals with the laws of honoring parents, charity, visiting the sick, learning torah, mourning, the Land of Israel, and medicine.. A graduate of this course must also take a course in Choshen Mishpat or Even Ha’Ezer to receive semicha since there is not a special semicha for Yoreh Deah.
Even Ha’Ezer deals with subjects related to marriage and divorce. A graduate of this course must also take a course in Choshen Mishpat or Yoreh Deah to receive semicha since there is not a special semicha for Even Ha’Ezer.
Choshen Mishpat deals with monetary laws. A graduate of this course would receive semicha in “Yadin Yadin.” Note that this course is still under development.
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