enrollment for the course
In order receive the certificate of a magiha and a sofer, you need to meet the following criteria:
1) The student needs to be a g-d fearing yid, and his way of life needs to be fitting for a sofer and magiha sta”m.
2)Please attach a reference letter stating your qualifications to be a Sofer and a Magiha.
The Rabbanim reserve the right to make the final decision whether a participant receives a certificate at the conclusion of the course
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About STA”M Course
The “Havineini” institute offers an online study course that has been established with the encouragement, and under the watchful eye, of the Chabad Beis Din and Rabbonim. The goal of this endeavor is to make the learning of Halachah more accessible, and to arrange it in an easy and understandable fashion for Anash and Shluchim.
The institute sees a need to focus on the ability of Anash to know the practical Halachah of day-to-day situations that so often arise. The situations that require immediate Halachic rulings, wherein here must be someone ready to offer accurate Halachic guidance. Whether it be at home or in shul. Ultimately, the institute will offer accreditation to those who study and succeed, from the Beis Din and Rabbonim of Chabad.
The course known as the “Stam Course” run by the “Havineini” institute in conjunction with the “Tu Pikuach Chabad” organization, will seek to bring the concepts of Stam to every student on an individual level. Therefore, within this general course, we have formulated several sub-categories: “Understanding Stam,” “Magihim (Checkers),” “Sofrim (Writers),” so that each student can learn and understand the concepts on his level. Those who have no background knowledge at all can be taught the basics from the bottom up, and those who wish to understand deeper and broaden their already extensive knowledge may do so.
There is also an exciting opportunity for those individuals who wish to seek out Stam as a profession and receive a job in this field, by working for and ultimately becoming Sofrim and Magihim.
Genaral STA"M course
Many people want to attain a general overview of Hilchos Stam. Simply, to understand the basic principles of Stam, to have sufficient to be able to pick up a mezuzah or tefillin and answer questions like: What Kesav is it? What is the level of quality of the Batim? Where do these Stam articles rank on the general quality chart? Therefore, we have introduced the “Understanding Stam” course. In this course, the student will: study the basic Halachos of Stam, learn to differentiate between Kesavim, learn to determine the type of Bayis and the Halchos of “Chok Toichos.” etc.
The Course Structure:
This sub-category will comprise of a once a week shiur lasting an hour and a half. The course will consist of 12 shiurim hosted in a private online classroom. The sessions will include presentations, depictions, and diagrams for ease of understanding and the ability to visualize and appreciate. Additionally, the curriculum will contain summaries of the issues discussed.
The Sofrim and Magihim Course
This course will be divided into 2 parts. During the first stage, all the students will study the fundamentals of Hilchos Stam. Following which,The Sofrim will study the art of writing Stam,The Magihim will continue studying the second part of the curriculum uniquely designed for mastering Hagaha.
The “Lishkas Hakodesh” organization has agreed to offer “Havineini” students a unique version of their course that includes the practical Halachic rulings of the Alter Rebbe. This is an entirely unique and exclusive offer, offered here at “Havineini,” to gain the complete knowledge of all the Halachic rulings that are pertinent to Chabad Stam.
Stage 1 - The Fundamentals of Stam.
This stage is the foundation stage of the study. In order to give the students a complete and comprehensive experience, we have partnered with the “Lishkas Hakodesh” organization who specialize in offering high quality Stam courses. The “Lishkas Hakodesh” organization is world renowned as being the best of its kind, with a reputation of producing Sofrim and Magihim who are knowledgeable and proficient.
The curriculum is structured primarily around the “Mishnah Berurah,” and includes an overview of all the opinions of the modern-day Halachic authorities regarding practical halachah. Every area of practical Halachah is covered, and by the end of the course, the student can answer any modern and current Halachic questions regarding Hilchos Stam. Studying the imagery of the letters will be done hand-in-hand with the study of the Halachos to actualize the study and divide the time.
Stage 2 - Hagaha, Sofrim
Those students who are pursuing Hagaha, will continue studying the extensive online course offered by “Lishkas Hakodesh” for Hagaha. During this stage, the students will learn all the relevant Halachic rulings of many Halachic authorities regarding the practical Halachah. They will learn how to deal with all the practical situations that arise while checking Stam. The course will conclude with a theory test, and practical Shimush.
Those students who wish to learn how to write Stam, will continue on to study practical writing at the “Tav Pikuach Chabad” offices in Kefar Chabad. The course will continue under the guidance of expert Sofrim. those around the world who would like to learn how to write sta”m, are welcome to sighn up, and if a sufficiant group could be formulated, we will make a class with local sofrim.
Stage 1 - Fundamentals of Stam
This stage spans 24 sessions. Each session will last 2 and a half hours (with a break in the middle) and will take place once a week on a private online classroom format.
The course includes:
1. A booklet of extensive summaries of all the Halachos of Stam in a clear and understandable fashion, including depictions and diagrams of the letters. For the benefit of the students, the booklet is arranged in a question and answer format to sharpen the student’s memory and pique their interest, as well as preparing them for the test which will consist of a collection of questions from the book.
2. Clear and detailed depictions and diagrams of the letters, to clarify the information given in the Shiurim.
3. Depictions of the Kesavim of the Beis Yosef, Arizal, and Alter Rebbe.
4. Recordings of the Shiurim will be sent to the students after each Shiur.
The institute will coach the students to succeed on the tests, providing review Shiurim, review videos, and personal attention. At the conclusion of the studies, the students will take the “Lishkas Hakodesh” tests. This stage is available for students outside Israel.
Once the student has passed the test, he will receive a Safrus certificate from “Lishkas Hakodesh” as well as a certificate from “Havineini”, signed by Rav Meir Aaron, director of “Machon Hora’ah Umishpat” of Rechovot.
Stage 2 - Specialising in Hagaha
This stage spans 10 sessions. Each session will last 2 and a half hours (with a break in the middle) and will take place once a week in a private online classroom format.
The students will receive:
1. A booklet of extensive summaries of all the necessary Halachos in a clear and understandable fashion, including depictions and diagrams of the letters.
2. Recordings of the Shiurim will be sent to the students after each Shiur.
The institute will coach the students to succeed on the tests, providing review Shiurim, review videos, and personal attention. At the conclusion of the studies, the students will take the “Havineini” and “lishkas hakodesh” test.
Following the test, the students will perform “Shimush”. During this period they will study and engage in the practical aspects of how to be a Magiah. This stage will contain 4 sessions, once a week for 2 hours at the “Tu Pikuach Chabad” offices in Kefar Chabad. Students outside Israel will have these sessions privately arranged when they arrive in Israel.
Students who otherwise will not be able to come to israel, will be able to perform “Shimush” in a two day session in crown hights at Kinus Hashluchim time. Following success on the tests and Shimush, the students will receive a certificate from “Havineini” and “lishkas hakodesh,” signed by Rav Meir Aharon, director of “Machon Hora’ah Umishpat” of Rechovot, and Rav Yehudah Gross directer of the “lishkas hakodesh” institute.
Stage 1 - Fundamentals of Stam.
At this stage, the tests will be arranged and delivered by “Lishkas Hakodesh.” The test will be divided into 2 parts, (a) a written test, and (b) an oral test. The tests will take place at the offices of “Lishkas Hakodesh” in Jerusalem.
The written tests will be comprised of a collection of questions gleaned from the book studied. Due to the nature of the sensitivity of the Stam issues, in order to pass the tests, the student will be required to receive a 100% correct answer rate. If a student fails in a particular area of the Halachah he will revisit and restudy those areas and complete the test on those topics again.
The oral test is officiated by the “Lishkas Hakodesh” staff who grade the student as ready to proceed to the second stage and become a Sofer.
Students located outside Israel will be able to perform the tests in a privately arranged fashion.
Please Note: The institute has the right to withhold a certificate from any student. If the Rabbonim decide for whatever reason to prevent a particular student from proceeding in the course, they have full right to do so and they have the full right to prevent any student from reaching the goal of becoming a Sofer or Magiah.
Stage 2 - Specialising in Hagaha
The tests at this stage will be officiated by the “Havineini” and “Tu Pikuach Chabad” institutes. These tests will contain an oral and written part also, and the oral tests will take place at the offices in Kefar Chabad.
Students living outside Israel will have the opportunity to perform both of the “Havineini” and “Tu Pikuach Chabad” tests in an individually arranged manner. Additionally, it will be possible to receive mezuzahs to practice and do Shimush. However, the certificate of accreditation will only be available to those students who do Shimush in Israel, or at the Kinus Hashluchim.
Please Note: Any student that does not complete the entire course or does not receive an official certificate has no right to use the names “Havineini” or Tu Pikuach Chabad” claiming to have studied under these organizations
Course Structure - Sofrim art of writing
This stage of the program spans 20 hours. The studies will take place at the “Tav Pikuach Chabad” offices and the students will be guided by the on-site experts. During this stage of the course, the students will study the art of writing, producing quills, and how to choose parchment and ink, etc.
This stage of the course will place special emphasis on studying the different Kesavim, and the students will receive personalized attention and direction, guiding them to choose a Kesav to master, based on the market expectation. This will allow the “Tu Tiken Chabad” to buy equally from all the Sofrim who have been trained by the course.
as mentioned above, those around the world who would like to learn how to write sta”m, are welcome to sighn up, and if a sufficiant group could be formulated, we will make a class with local sofrim..
The teacher for the course is Harav meir Gabay from “Lishkas Hakodesh” institute.
Harav Gabay has studied in “Lishkas Hakodesh” institute for many years and served Shimush for matters of Stam for many years under the tutelage and guidance rabbi Yehudah Gross, chairman and founder of the “Lishkas Hakodesh institute. Harav Gabay is famous in the Stam world as being a true expert. Additionally, Harav Gabay has much experience training young Stam students. Harav Gabay is famous for his Yiras Shamayim and his unwillingness to compromise in matters of Halachah, and he bestows these qualities to his students.