Chumash, the Five Books of Moses, is the foundation of Judaism. We’re encouraged to study it regularly and understand its meaning on many levels. The greatest minds in Jewish history have applied themselves to elucidating the Chumash for us.
As is brought down in halacha (Brachos 8, Shulchan Aruch, 285:1), a person must study the weekly parsha through an approach known as Shnayim Mikra V’Echad Targum. This method involves going over the parsha twice each week, with the translation and commentators such as Rashi and Onkelos. The Shnayim Mikra V’Echad Targum can be broken into small chunks called “Shnayim Yomi”, which are learned every day. Hence, in the same way many Jews learn a page of Gemara every day through Daf Yomi, it’s possible to learn the weekly parsha through a Shnayim Yomi program, finishing a complete cycle of Chumash every year.
We’ve put together exactly this kind of program in an exciting new format for the Jewish community. Our team has created a Shnayim Yomi program that’s accessible and enjoyable! Everyone who tries it goes into Shabbat with a much deeper understanding of the parsha as well as a terrific feeling of accomplishment.
Here’s how it works: Every day, we put out a short, two minute video with a brief summary of the day’s aliyah, along with the Chumash text of that aliyah. Every week the videos feature a different rabbi, allowing our participants exposure to a variety of learning styles and perspectives. As an extra treat, an additional supplementary video is sent out every Friday with a short dvar Torah from that week’s speaker. New participants can access the link to the WhatsApp group through our website, where they can also view all our archived videos.
Shnayim Yomi can be learned at home, on the go, or in shul. Of course, it’s always more enjoyable and exciting to learn as part of a larger group, and we want to give all our participants that experience. Shnayim Yomi will therefore host a grand Siyum Hatorah at the end of every year. We look forward to bringing all of you together to celebrate our shared accomplishment! We hope to get communities all over the country, even all over the world, to join in.
We look forward to having you join us as we aim for new heights in our familiarity and understanding of Chumash, the cornerstone text of Judaism.
Rabbi Reuven Feinstein,
Rosh Yeshiva- Yeshiva of Staten Island
Rabbi Hershel Schachter,
Rosh Yeshiva- Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
Rabbi Haim Benoliel,
Rosh Yeshiva- Yeshivat Mikdash Melech
Elad Danino, Founder
Rafi Kramer, Director of Technology