This course provides a comprehensive exploration of the halachic principles and practical applications of Kashrut. Students will gain an understanding of the underlying halachic framework that governs Kashrut and how it relates to contemporary issues and challenges. Students will also explore “bigger questions” like how the laws of kashrut impact our religious lives and Jewish identity. Through close reading and analysis of primary texts, students will develop critical thinking and legal reasoning skills as well as practical tools they can use to navigate the complex world of Kashrut in their daily lives. By the end of the course, students will have gained a deep understanding of the principles of Kashrut and developed the skills to apply this knowledge to real-world situations, both inside and outside the kitchen.
Students will have the opportunity to study the Thirteen Principles of Faith as formulated by the Rambam, providing students with a deep understanding of the fundamental tenets of our faith. Through textual analysis, discussions, and critical thinking exercises, students will explore the philosophical underpinnings and theological significance of each principle, as well as the debates that surround each one of them. Students will examine how these principles intersect with broader philosophical and theological inquiries, contemplating their implications on the nature of God, human existence, free will, and the purpose of life.
In this course, students embark on a fascinating journey into the depths of Jewish law, focusing on the exploration of the meaning and purpose behind specific mitzvot. Through engaging discussions and thought-provoking analyses, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of mitzvot found in the Torah. This course not only aims to provide knowledge but also instills a deep love and appreciation for the mitzvot, encouraging students to embrace a lifelong commitment to their observance.
Biblical texts and rabbinic commentaries will be consulted. Through textual and philosophical analysis, students will be introduced to the ancient Jewish conversations surrounding the underlying meanings, principles, and values embedded within the mitzvot. Interactive class discussions will encourage students to share their perspectives, ask questions, and critically analyze the purpose and significance of each mitzvah. Through reflection and dialogue, students will deepen their understanding and develop their own personal connections to the mitzvot.
This course will explore the intersection of Jewish law, medicine, and business ethics. Students will examine various ethical issues that arise in medical and business contexts, and learn how Jewish law provides guidance on these issues. In the business ethics portion of the course, students will examine topics such as lending and borrowing, taking interest, fair business practices, and employer-employee relationships. Students will analyze case studies and learn how Jewish law and tradition can inform halakhic decision-making in these contexts. In the medical ethics portion of the course, students will examine topics such as physician-patient relationships, end-of-life decision-making, and organ donation. Students will analyze case studies and learn how Jewish law and tradition can inform ethical decision-making in these contexts. Throughout the course, students will engage with primary sources, including biblical and Talmudic texts, as well as contemporary rabbinic responsa. Students will also have opportunities to engage in group discussions and debates and deepen their understanding and love of Halacha and Jewish law.
This course is an in-depth study of some of the most foundational questions in Jewish philosophy. Topics include: knowledge of God, purpose of creation, free will, the problem of evil and suffering, Olam HaBa, Mashiach, and Techiyat Hameitim. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think critically and analytically about the philosophical issues at stake in these texts, as well as to develop their own philosophical positions in response. The course will culminate in a short research paper in which students will explore a particular topic or question within Jewish philosophy in greater depth.
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