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Interview with Rabbi Jeffrey Saks - founding Director of ATID

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Launched in November 2007, WebYeshiva is the first fully-interactive Torah study program on the web. It uses the latest video-conferencing technology to offer real-time, interactive classes taught by outstanding Rabbis and teachers. With a round-the-clock schedule of classes on a variety of different subjects and levels, anyone with access to the internet can enter the world of online Torah learning. WebYeshiva offers the benefits of distance learning at a time and location to suit you, with the environment and atmosphere of a yeshiva/midrasha (women's seminary) necessary for growth in Torah study. It is perfect for college students, business people, stay-at-home parents, retirees, or anyone looking to set aside regular times for Torah learning without leaving their computer! WebYeshiva was initiated by Rabbi Chaim Brovender, a veteran Rosh Yeshiva with many years of teaching experience, who recognized that not everyone has the luxury of spending time in a "real" Beit Midrash or Yeshiva so easily. His dream was to make Torah accessible to Jews all over the world and to help them improve their learning skills in an interactive classroom environment, using the latest internet technology. WebYeshiva offers "live", growth-oriented, cumulative courses for serious students who want to be actively involved in Torah learning. Rabbi Jeffrey Saks is the founding Director of ATID?The Academy for Torah Initiatives and Directions in Jewish Education, in Jerusalem. An editorial board member of the journal Tradition, Rabbi Saks authored Spiritualizing Halakhic Education (Mandel Foundation) and edited Wisdom From All My Teachers: Challenges and Initiatives in Contemporary Torah Education (Urim). He is a graduate of Yeshiva University (BA, MA, Smicha) and participated in the Jerusalem Fellows program for senior Jewish educators at the Mandel Institute. He has taught at the Yeshiva University High School for Girls, Yeshivat Hamivtar and Yeshivat Ohr Yerushalayim.

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