Be’er Shavua is a student-run weekly publication of Divrei Torah on Parshat HaShavua, Yom Tov, and Halakhic issues written by students and faculty. Be’er Shavua is printed and distributed weekly to shuls throughout our many communities to spread Torah beyond the confines of Frisch.
Students who enjoy the study of Tanakh can further their learning in a competitive forum by competing in the regional and national stages of Chidon HaTanakh, (The National Bible Contest). We are extraordinarily proud of our students who have achieved success on the regional and international levels, including placing first among all non-Israelis in the international competition.
Every Thursday evening, at the conclusion of the regular school day, close to five hundred students gather for The Bayrish Schreiber Mishmar Program. Mishmar affords students the opportunity to explore areas of interest outside of our formal Limudei Kodesh curriculum and the chance to reconnect with old teachers or learn from teachers that they may not have yet been exposed to at Frisch. Students can choose from a variety of topics, including: Life Altering Lessons from the Parsha, Women in Jewish Law, YU Bekiut Program, Making Maimonides Yourmonides, 18(19) Steps to Your Maker (Shemonah Esrei), Parsha with the Principal, Pirkei Avot and the Meaning of Life, Making Mitzvot Meaningful, Topics You Always Wanted to Know About, You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers- Jewish Responsa, Dear John- Jewish Letters Throughout the Ages.
“I love being able to choose the topic that most interests me from a variety of options at Mishmar and being exposed to teachers with whom I wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to learn.” – Jodi Fishbein, ’17
Torah Bowl provides a venue for all students to hone the skills they develop in the classroom and learn Chumash on their own in preparation for competition in the Yeshiva Torah Bowl League. Such independent study inspires students to continue their Torah learning well after they graduate from Frisch.
On Friday mornings, Frisch graduates return to Frisch to learn with current students, a unique opportunity for alumni to “give back” to their alma mater. Alumni prepare shiurim which they learn with students in a Chabura while serving as wonderful role models for Frisch’s newer generation and offering insight into their Israel and college experience, as well as their perspective on the Frisch experience.
Throughout the year students are invited to Boys’ and Girls’ Nights Out for Torah Study. At the conclusion of the regular Thursday evening Mishmar, the boys travel to the Beit Midrash at Yeshiva University where they engage in Chavruta learning with the many Frisch alumni studying at Yeshiva and then hear a Shiur or a Schmooze by one of the Roshei Yeshiva. The girls take over one of the local restaurants for the evening or partake of a fun activity in school with refreshments, engage in Chavruta learning with a group of Frisch alumnae and then hear a Shiur or a Schmooze by a prominent speaker we bring in for the occasion.
Rabbi Jonathan Schachter, Frisch’s Rosh Beit Midrash, leads Mishneh Yomi and Nach Yomi. For the last 20 minutes of lunch or during a free period every day, Rabbi Schachter teaches Mishnayot. By the end of the year, students will have completed Seder Zeraim. After school every day, students may choose to stay to learn Nach Yomi with Rabbi Schachter. By the end of two years, they will have finished all of Nach.
In Model Beit Din students prepare, investigate and formulate halachic responsa addressing a current issue. Students explore how the halachic approach differs at times from the secular-legal approach. Examples of issues that have been studied in the past include: Can you torture a terrorist for information? Who has the authority to make end-of-life medical decisions? The research culminates in a symposium with other schools at which the team presents their research before the Beit Din of America.