Various; distance learning format
45 hours (10 weeks).
December 2011 – Present.Instructional delivery format: Hybrid course/exam
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: discuss the concepts and application of traditional Jewish teachings and mystical practices within the context of modern society; learn the general structure and order of the Torah belief system and how this defines the essential character of the “Jewish perspective”; analyze and assess what happens when the Jewish perspective is at odds with modern opinions and bias; evaluate a wide range of topics, including: the cyclical nature of time; core concepts in Jewish philosophy; ritual practice as related to prayer and the festivals; stringencies in dietary law and animal slaughter, sexual limitations, and freedoms; an explanation of the Torah’s written and oral transmissions; and define the concept of “Chosen People,” and anti-Semitism.
This course is delivered in a distance learning format with a proctored proficiency exam. It includes a study of faith versus knowledge, Monotheism, the Jewish calendar as a tool for growth, the Jewish view of love, relationships, and prayer, Kosher Laws, Understanding the Shabbat, and History of Oral Law.