Mishnah and Gemara form the building blocks for future Torah study and mastery. Each demands important skills for comprehension and mastery.

Mishnah study requires the ability to recognize and understand the topics being studied and the prior knowledge critical for understanding the text. It also requires an understanding of the structure of Mishnayot, and the basic vocabulary necessary for comprehension of the text and its underlying ideas.

Gemara is an analysis of the Mishnah and the concepts that the Sages extracted from the text, as well as other texts. First and foremost, Gemara is in Aramaic, so vocabulary is critical. In addition, the Gemara is a series of logical arguments – so once a student understands the words of the Gemara, he or she must also be taught the Gemara’s logical arguments and conclusion – which often is implied, but not stated.

For both Mishnah and Gemara, each Kitah lesson teaches the concepts, text and explanation for the Mishnah in a clear, concise manner, and provides questions for student feedback to ensure comprehension of the basic words and ideas.

Kitah provides a comprehensive online Jewish learning program for parents looking to educate their Middle School (Grades 5-8) children at an affordable price. This plan combines two weekly online classes on two different topics but does not include a Zoom lesson. If there is sufficient demand, we will consider adding a Zoom lesson for this track.

What will my children learn?

Students receive weekly lessons via the Kitah Google Classroom in the following subjects:

1. Mishnah Berachot with Rabbi Reuven Spolter
2. Gemara Berachot Tefillat HaShachar with Rabbi Spolter

Want to learn more or register your child for Kitah? Simply fill out this form and we’ll be in touch!

Kitah includes:

  • Two online, self-guided Jewish studies lessons per week in Mishnah and Gemara
  • Ongoing student evaluation to monitor progress
  • Periodic communication with parents

How Does it Work?

Every Monday, your child will receive links for two online Jewish Studies lessons in Mishnah and Gemara. Each lesson takes about 30 minutes to complete and each child can choose their own time to complete the lessons. 

When does the Program Begin?

The 5784 school year began on Monday, September 2, 2024 and continues throughout the school year through mid-June 2025. (The school year includes breaks for Sukkot, winter vacation, and Pesach).

The Kitah Mishnah and Gemara plan costs $99/month per child and does not include a Zoom lesson.

“I’d like to learn more! How do we register?”

Fill out the contact form at the top of the page, or email Rabbi Reuven Spolter and we’ll get back to you to schedule a conversation.