1. Talmud tutorial
The STEP tutorial is the core of the student’s study day. The student works one-on-one with an experienced rabbi – one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon (a different rabbi in the afternoon). The work done in the tutorial, more than anything else in the program, advances the student’s ability to study Torah texts on his own. Because he is working one-on-one, he is working at precisely his skill level whether he is a beginner or advanced. Furthermore, the tutorial setting allows the student to be actively involved in the learning process. The student does all of the reading himself (as opposed to the tutor reading it to him) during the tutorial and does his best to read, translate, and explain the text. The rabbi/tutor is there to guide and help the student without feeding him information.
In each tutorial session the student studies a piece of text from the Talmud – typically eight to ten lines. He reads this piece of text several times, the first time focusing on proper pronunciation, the second time on translation, and the third time on the meaning of the text. The text that he is studying forms the basis of the Talmud class that follows the tutorial.
2. Talmud class
The Talmud class builds on the work that the student does in the tutorial. The text that he studied in the tutorial is analyzed on a deeper level. The goal of the Talmud class is to help the student understand the structure of the text being studied and to show the students how to carefully analyze each step of the arguments presented in the Talmud and by doing so to come to a deeper understanding of the text.
3. Halacha (twice/week)
The Halachah class focuses on practical Halachah. Classes cover topics in Shabbos, Kashrut, and interpersonal law (eg. giving charity, honoring parents, visiting the sick, slander).
4. Topics (three/week)
Classes on various topics in Jewish thought and given by various speakers. Students provide imput on topics to be covered.
In depth study of Chumash with the commentary of Rashi and Midrashim.
6. Pirkei Avos – Ethics of the Fathers
In each session of STEP we attempt to cover an entire chapter of Pirkei Avos – the Ethics ot the Fathers, studying one Mishnah each day. The focus of the class is to draw from the text ideas that are relevant to our lives as Jews in today’s world. At the end of the session each student prepares a class and presents a Mishnah.
Sunday through Thursday
9:30 – 10:30 Tutorial (Talmud)
10:30 – 11:45 Talmud Class
12:15 -1:15 Class on different topics depending on day of week (Ethics, Philosophy, Halachah)
3:00 – 4;:00 Tutorial (Chumash, Pirkei Avos, Talmud)
4:15 – 5:15 Chumash/Rashi
5:30 – 6:15 Pirkei Avos
6:15 – 6:45 Talmud preparation
Friday, Shabbos – Davening but no classes