Jul 9, 2012
The Captain and His Rabbi

A Captain in uniform was seen on Eastern Parkway chatting with Rabbi Nachman Wilhelm. He couldn't speak to COLlive, but we got the scoop about him anyway.

By COLlive reporter

There was an unusual scene captured by COLlive contributing photographer Levik Hertzel when parents were sending off their children to board the buses on Eastern Parkway to spend the summer season in overnight camps.

Rabbi Nachman Wilhelm, who runs his own Yeshivas Kayitz Minnesota (YKM) this time of the year, was spotted with a soldier in U.S. Military uniform who said he is a Chaplain (CPT) and his name is Moshe Lans. He couldn't comment further about himself without the approval of his superiors.

But Rabbi Wilhelm was able to fill us in.

"Moshe Lans is stationed out of Fort Hood, Texas, and is a diligent talmid and friend. He's someone I have gotten to know very personally through his participation in Online Smicha," an e-learning rabbinical ordination program that Wilhelm founded 2 years ago.

"He's the type of talmid that tunes in to every shiur I give online, whenever it is and no matter where he is stationed in the world. One week he may be in Fort Hood, and the next week he is logging in from a far-off foreign country whose name I don't even ask. He's always on time, and like a soldier, Moshe is a 'chayal' in all aspects of his studies as well," commented Wilhelm.

According to Rabbi Wilhelm, Lans has been involved with other distance learning programs in rabbinical ordination, but he praises onlinesmicha.com for the personalized attention and live interactive shiurim, something Lans has pointed out to Wilhelm that other programs simply do not offer.

The Captain logs in to the virtual classroom from a remote PC or laptop computer and joins the learning as Rabbi Wilhelm motivates, engages, and brings together all types of committed and dedicated students from around the world - from shluchim, to doctors, to lawyers, and even soldiers, apparently.

Online Smicha is now accepting applications for the fall semester and can tailor a program to your level. For more info, visit onlinesmicha.com.

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go rabbi wilhelm and online smicha is just amazing making smicha available to all!!!! kol hakovod
(7/9/2012 10:31:08 PM)
Rabbi Wilhelm
A true talmoid chacom and is mekayem hemidu talmidim harbe literary
Yosef P.
(7/9/2012 10:57:03 PM)
whats he doing in ch?
(7/9/2012 11:38:52 PM)
We are so proud of you Moshe and laurie!!!
love from the Bistritzkys
(7/10/2012 1:00:10 AM)
Moshe Lans is a graduate of Yeshiva Achei Tmimim Worcester.
(7/10/2012 5:19:02 AM)
buenos aires
Keep up the great work Rabbi Wilhelm !!
(7/10/2012 9:21:58 AM)
Hooray Worcester!!
A Yeshiva Academy graduate!
(7/10/2012 10:28:26 PM)
i spy......
chana jacobson!
(7/11/2012 3:16:41 PM)
I spy
TovaGreenbaum and estie Greenbaum,,,,,
(7/15/2012 2:37:04 AM)
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