||The goal of this program is
to master all of the Mishna Torah of the Rambam. The Mishna Torah contains the
entire scope of Torah, and is organized in a systematic, easily learnable
system. Naturally, while a very challenging goal to master some 15,000
halachos, it is very doable with discipline, a game plan and an unwavering
daily commitment. Furthermore, it can be accomplished by students with only an
Intermediate skill level of learning. By following the program, one can vastly
improve, retain, and master even those areas where there was little previous
A commitment of two hours per day, 7 days a week.
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday are shiur days. The rule of thumb is
that if you can use a telephone that day in Chutz La’aretz there is shiur.
Tuesday and Fri will be used to review the previous 2 days learning and shabbos
will review the whole weeks learning.
Shiur lasts between 30 and 35 minutes.
(click here for the shiur archives)
Following the shiur, each participant will on their own, or bechavrusa, review
4 times the Rambam learned (approx 15 halachos) inside. Do not cheat! It cannot
be stressed enough that despite the general “I know it already” feeling you
will have after say 1 or 2 chazaros, do it 4 times. This should take about an
hour. The remaining half an hour is to review previous material from past
halachos in a structured fashion based on a pre-set daily schedule.
On Tuesday, the Sunday and Monday materials are to reviewed inside 2 more times
(45 min) and the next 45 minutes are for looking over the questions on the
relvant perakim. Expect approx 90-100 questions on each days shiur.
Accordingly each Tuesday (and Friday) there will be approx. 200 questions to
The same pattern will be for Wednesday and Thursday, with Friday serving as
review (2 more times) and question day.
Shabbos is to review the material an additional 3 times, all 4 shiurim inside,
for 90 minutes. The remaining 30 min on Shabbos will be used for chazarah of
The Rambam will be learned inside once in shiur, 4 more times the same day, 2
more times the next day or two days later and 3 more times on shabbos, bringing
a total of 10 times the material is seen inside. While this may seem tedious
and unnecessary because you already “know it”, keep in mind that this will
solidify the halachos and assure your long term retention of the material.
(click here for sample summary sheets)
Most of the questions are simple, almost unnecessary. This is by design. The
goal is to also remember all the information in direct question-answer format
besides reviewing it inside. Many times a few questions in a row will have the
same answer. Often, an introductory question was already asked earlier because
it serves as the basis for the next question or group of questions. Sometimes
questions will have the same answer but they are asked from a variety of
angles. Again this is to stress various forms of memory and learning. The
questions help reconstruct the step by step building of each Halacha.
Answers to all the questions do not have to be written out, so “bother” to
actually read and answer all of them. Eventually the questions will be
anticipated. If this occurs, the tremendous success will be obvious!
(click here to see sample questions)