Rabbanit Rachel Weber Leshaw

Joining the WebYeshiva.org staff for a special Talmud course is Rabbanit Rachel Weber Leshaw. Rabbanit Weber Leshaw will be teaching  Daf Yomi: One Week at a Time, which will review  the key topics of the previous week’s seven pages of daf yomi, and do a deeper analysis of one of the core issues in the text.

Having grown up in Teaneck, New Jersey, Rabbanit Weber Leshaw’s first taste of Gemara was in ninth grade and that experience sparked a passion for learning.   She went on to study at Migdal Oz and then completed a degree in Judaic studies and graduate studies at GPATS (Graduate Program for Advanced Talmudic Studies at Yeshiva University).

“During my first year of GPATS I interned as a congregational intern at United Orthodox Synagogues (UOS) in Houston, Texas, which was my first taste of teaching Torah to groups made up of teens and adults of all ages, with varying backgrounds in Jewish texts. I loved working through ideas with people whose life experiences were different than mine, and figuring out how to make Torah topics appealing to very diverse students,” she said.

More recently, Rabbanit Weber Leshaw finished two years of study at Nishmat’s Keren Ariel Yoetzet Halachah training program making her qualified to answer questions in hilchot nidda.

“Becoming a yoetzet halachah gave me the opportunity to spend two years immersed in halachic texts, while also building a knowledge base that allows me to help other people in their halachic observance. There’s nothing better than being able to combine limmud (learning) and maaseh (practical application), especially in an area which is so essential to the lives of Jewish families,” she said.

Whether you learn Daf Yomi daily or are unable to but want to sample the array of fascinating topics, aggadot, and halachic discussions, the Daf Yomi: One Week at a Time course with Rabbanit Weber Leshaw will provide you with a clear digest of the topics covered throughout the previous week’s material.

REGISTER HERE FOR DAF YOMI: ONE WEEK AT A TIME

 

The following is a short Q&A with Rabbanit Weber Leshaw:

What do you enjoy teaching most and why?

I love teaching Gemara because I really enjoy helping my students work through a difficult text and understand how the back and forth of the Gemara is structured in an internally logical way. I also love showing how different halachic conclusions stem from various interpretations of the language of the Gemara.

 

How do you feel about the role of women’s learning today?

Since I was in high school, no one ever told me that I couldn’t learn something I wanted to learn. The only challenge was to find the environments that would help me push myself and learn at the highest levels. It’s no longer surprising that women are studying and teaching Torah en masse, but we need to increase the visibility of these women by providing platforms to share their Torah, whether publishing books, hiring them for leadership positions, and generally looking to include the voices of those learned women in the Torah conversations that are occurring at the highest levels. Personally, my goal is to guide my students to love learning and develop a thirst for learning more Torah because at the end of the day, that’s what is most important.

 

What are you looking forward to most about teaching at WebYeshiva?

I’m looking forward to connecting with students around the world, and bringing an hour of Torah into the homes of people who are taking time out of their busy lives to learn with me.

 

What should students who join Daf Yomi: One Week at a Time look to gain?

They’ll have an opportunity to cover a new topic in depth every week, while being on the same schedule as the thousands of people learning the daily daf yomi. The ability to learn the same topics as Jews around the world is something unique and special.