• RIETS beit midrash
  • Presidential Bekius Program

    The Presidential Bekius Program was initiated by Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm over 20 years ago and is now coordinated by Rabbi Michoel Zylberman, a fellow of the Rabbi Norman Lamm Kollel L'Horaah. Each semester, 20 to 25 blatt [pages] are selected from the masechta [tractate] that the yeshiva is learning. At the end of each semester, students may take an examination on the Gemara with Rashi or on the Gemara with both Rashi and Tosafot.

    Prizes (in the form of gift certificates for the annual SOY Seforim Sale) are awarded to both RIETS and college students who do well on the examination, with additional prizes awarded to college students with the top three scores on each examination. Completely voluntary in nature, the Presidential Bekius Program has stimulated many of our students to master entire masechtos. In 2010-2011, the Bekius Program covered the majority of Masechet Pesachim over the course of the year.

    Rabbi Zylberman is available several nights a week during night seder to address questions and to talk in learning with the students. In addition, he periodically distributes source sheets, and he delivers a weekly chabura on topics from the selected material.

    Fall 2012 Presidential Bekius Program  Schedule (PDF)

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