Hi, I’m Yehuda Biala Founder of ZoomTorah and we are updating the definition of a Virtual Beit Midrash. Before the development of my App, a virtual beit midrash meant a few (hopefully live) video shiurim. Let’s face it, people do listen to Shiurim in a Beit Midrash.

 

Um . . .

What is the most common activity in a Beit Midrash?

I think most people would answer, to learn.   With a Chavrusa.    In a Beit Midrash with others learning as well.   With the ability to ask others for an explanation, when you can’t figure it out himself.   With people to share a insight or a Dikduk with.

Well, our Virtual Beit Midrash offers all of those things and more.

Click on a seat, start video learning with a chavrusa. It feels like a Beit Midrash because you can see others learning inside, by way of their avatars or small pictures of themselves.

Need to speak to someone else?

Just click on a seat on their table to join their video. If you don’t want others to join for a while, you can lock your table or room by clicking on the table or on the name of the room.

 

Prefer audio?

You can do all the same things with Audio only.

What if I want to share something with a lot of people?

Our Digital Beit Midrash has chat as well, so you can start a Channel where members can send questions or chiddushim to all in the Channel. If you’d rather give a shiur, just click start shiur and everyone will be invited.

You can also create a supportive atmosphere with the task – מראה מקומות function. Assign מראה מקומות to someone and when he’s done everyone will be given an option to cheer for him.

Need to announce something?

There is an announcement function.

Need to share a sefer?

There are three options! You can click on a table and share a link, or Screen share during your Video-Learn. With the chrome plugin, you can share a tab as well.