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J 11 — Introduction to Jewish Law1 Academic Unit
A study of selected mitzvos and topics in Jewish Law through the method of developing an approach to textual analysis of Scriptural, Talmudic and Rabbinic Sources with emphasis on contemporary Jewish living.
J 12 — Praise, Petitions and Thanksgiving 3 Academic Units
A study of the 3 basic themes of the prayer book with emphasis will be placed on the “Blessing Formula” and its variations.. The course will also deal with the proper sequence of blessings and the general principles of blessings.
J 14 — The Jewish Home — A Halachic Perspective1 Academic Unit
This course covers the laws which apply to the Jewish home and its daily routine. Among the major issues which will be studied are the laws pertaining to the celebration of Shabbath and Passover. Other topics will include the laws of Kashrut and requirements for fulfilling the mitzvah of Mezuzah. Methods of teaching these materials in the Jewish classroom are intertwined in the presentation of every topic.
J 16 — Review of Jewish Codes — Independent Study 2 Academic Units
A detailed analysis of the laws pertaining to religious duties and responsibilities. This course will examine Jewish Law as it applies to prayer, daily living, Shabbat, major and minor Festivals.
J 17 — Review of Jewish Codes I 2 Academic Units
Based on a comprehensive study-guide, issued on a weekly basis, students will study select chapters of Codes of Jewish Law independently. The course includes a representative cross-section of ritual laws as they apply to daily living.
J 18 — Review of Jewish Codes II 2 Academic Units
Based on a comprehensive study-guide, issued on a weekly basis, students will study select chapters of Codes of Jewish Law independently. The course includes a representative cross-section of ritual laws as they apply to the celebration of the major and minor festivals as well as to the laws of prayer.
J 21 — Laws of Sabbath 3 Academic Units
A study of the laws of the Sabbath as codified in the 18th century work Shulchan Aruch HaRav by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. Course will also deal with the concepts of “work”, “rest”, “oneg”, “muktzah” and “honoring and keeping” the Sabbath.
J 24 — Topics in Jewish Law I– Advanced Course 3 Academic Units
An in-depth study of the prayer book. Special emphasis will be placed on the “Blessing Formula” and its variations. Attention will be given to the conceptual principles governing blessings, and the proper sequence of their recitation. The course will also focus on the Halachic perspective of Kiddush Hashem/Chilul Hashem in contemporary life. Methods of teaching these topics will be incorporated into the lectures.
J 25 — Topics in Jewish Law II 3 Academic Units
Students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the methodology which allows for an application of Halacha to our highly advanced technological society. When offered in the Spring, the course will focus its analysis on the rituals of Passover and their contemporary observance.
J 222 — Laws of Chanukah and Purim 3 Academic Units
Selections from a variety of sources with emphasis on laws and customs pertaining to the minor festivals of Chanukah and Purim. Course will also deal with the rabbinic sources for the minor festivals.
J 331 — Laws of Passover 3 Academic Units
A study of the basic laws of Passover with special emphasis on finding and understanding their sources. The course will also deal with the terminology as used in the halacha to define Passover concepts.
J 332 — Laws of Passover II 3 Academic Units
A study of the basic themes of Passover with special emphasis on the Haggadah Shel Pesach. The course will also deal with the relationship of Passover to all the other Festivals and Holidays.
J 441 — Laws of Succos 3 Academic Units
Selections from a variety of codes with emphasis on laws and customs pertaining to the festival of Succos. Course will also include basic concepts, and themes of the festival with highlights of the significance for modern living.
J 442 — Laws of Shavuos 3 Academic Units
Selections from a variety of codes discussing the laws pertaining to the festival of Shavuos. Course will also include basic concepts and themes of the festival with highlights on the significance of “freedom under the law”.