Hear From the Students...
Ariel Fisher, student founder of PLI (class of '11)
"I thought during the discussions I would just passively listen to others' thoughts; I usually only volunteer an answer in a group forum if I'm 100% sure what I'm saying is correct and relevant. Yet the atmosphere was so inviting and respectful, and the issues so interesting, that I volunteered an idea during every discussion.
I was also impressed with how much thought went into preparing the texts, by giving us all free copies, and the bookmarks with dates to read chapters."
"I was surprised by how much of a connection I felt to the text as well as the people I had the opportunity to learn with."
"I loved the diversity of opinions and the way that people felt free to share whatever they thought, whether it was "traditional" or not."
"I liked the variety and diversity of people and opinions! By the end, people were jumping into the discussion and staying later to continue."
"The expectations of the group could not have been more clear: read the text, struggle with the text, meet with chevruta, prepare for discussion, discuss, absorb, learn, repeat. Rav Jonathan led discussions with authority, wisdom, and grace."