Rabbi Chaim Brovender founded WebYeshiva under the direction of Rabbi Jeffrey Saks 13 years ago, with TorahTutors following as an affiliate site soon after, so it might not be “new.” But as this new article in the Jerusalem Post magazine notes, there is something unique about it, as well as newly intensified relevance:
There are hundreds of places to study Torah online, but, since the 1990s, most of the available online Torah learning has consisted of transcriptions or recordings of Torah lectures. WebYeshiva offers something completely different – 60 hours a week of live classes – and almost all of it is completely free. …
WebYeshiva’s enrollment has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, proving that people are more comfortable learning online than ever.
The article also highlights the variety of options available through WebYeshiva, and the variety of students who take advantage of those options. This includes many different topics and levels, as well as the availability of recordings for those who are unable to attend live.
Of course, at TorahTutors, we are especially proud of the option to engage in live individualized learning with the undivided attention of an excellent teacher. Some of those teachers also offer courses at WebYeshiva; we have had students request specifically to continue learning independently with a teacher whose WebYeshiva classes they enjoyed. And because TorahTutors learning is individualized, it is open to students of all ages – children as well as adults.
As WebYeshiva concludes its bar mitzvah year, the administration, teachers, and students of both sites look forward to an even wider and deeper spread of Torah learning to come.