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Food is far more than nourishment; it provides an important window to view the deepest values of a culture. Preparing, eating, and even discussing Jewish food establishes a strong group identity with Judaism, and links us individually with our families and our people's past. At the same time, in...

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Semester: Online Session A: ( 8 weeks: April 26-June 20)

This course explores the basic themes, structure, and background of the Sabbath liturgy.  The liturgy will be examined in the light of its relationship to biblical roots and to parallel rabbinic texts.  Its concepts will be discussed as embodiments of basic rabbinic Jewish values in their...

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Semester: Fall B: October 24-December 18

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This course uses education, in the broadest sense, as a key to understand the Hebrew Bible.  The Bible is highly focused on education in the very broadest sense: that is, it focuses on wisdom, learning, and growth.  However, schools virtually never appear in the Hebrew Bible, and reading of any...

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Semester: Fall B: October 24-December 18

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Semester: Online with live webinars on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, 8:00-9:30pm EST ( 16 weeks: April 30- August 15)

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This course provides a graduate-level introduction to Classical Judaism, covering the Biblical, Rabbinic, and Medieval periods. After surveying the history and major texts of the Classical period, the course will concentrate on training students to analyze classical Jewish texts in depth, first...

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Semester: Online Traditional Semester : ( 15 weeks: August 22-December 11)

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This course uses education, in the broadest sense, as a key to understand the Hebrew Bible.  The Bible is highly focused on education in the very broadest sense: that is, it focuses on wisdom, learning, and growth.  However, schools virtually never appear in the Hebrew Bible, and reading of any...

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Semester: Fall B: October 24-December 18

This course explores the common roots of ancient Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity in the first five centuries CE. We study both the theological similarities between the two movements and the ways in which they developed into distinctly different religious traditions. Topics to be covered...

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Semester: Fall A: August 22-October 16

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The Five Scrolls (the five Biblical books of Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther) are read in synagogue on the major Jewish holidays. They reflect a whole range of emotion and historical situations, from national defeat to national triumph, and from cynicism and pessimism...

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Semester: Online Session B: ( 8 weeks: June 21- August 15)

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This seminar will provide an overview of the sociology of the American Jewish community in the context of the social history of the American Jewry.  Students will become familiar with the demography and social characteristics of the community, as well as its social structure and institutions....

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Semester: Fall B: October 24-December 18

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Judaism has a longstanding tradition of social justice, starting in the ancient biblical period and continuing to the present day. This course will first explore the roots of social justice in the Torah as well as ancient Rabbinic Judaism. Contemporary social justice issues, such as civil rights...

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Semester: Summer Institute on Campus Week 2: ( July 23- July 28)

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