General Curriculum

 
 

Curriculum

The curriculum will be designed to provide our musmakhim/ot and thought-leaders with the requisite knowledge and tools to engage in communal leadership and education.  Our fellows will come to us with advanced Torah knowledge and a nuanced grasp of the world. The course of studies will emphasize an attitude of intellectual honesty and openness to the world as much as the content of the subject matter itself.

  • Halakha – The study of halakha is designed to impart an understanding of the fundamental principles of the particular area of study through the central sugyot and important applications. Areas of study: Kashrut, Niddah, Aveilut, Shabbat, Marriage and Divorce, Conversion, Medical and Business Ethics.
  • Public Policy– Issues facing the Jewish People today particularly, but not exclusively, in the State of Israel. Areas of study:  personal status (marriage, divorce, conversion), democracy and Jewish law, minorities in the Jewish state, gender (changing roles of men and women, homosexuality) the status of the State of Israel according to the halakha.
  • Philosophy of Halakha – The principles that govern how the halakha is determined. The study of responsa literature. Are there moral principles that are independent of the halakha? What is the relationship between the halakha and divine will?
  • Spirituality – The Jewish mystical tradition offers understandings of divine revelation that emerge from our own experience. This perspective is in tune with modern sensibilities while being firmly committed to the halakha. It provides a path to face and grow from the challenges we now encounter.
  • Fundamentals of Comparative Religion – This area of study will provide an invaluable lesson in humility as our students come to appreciate the striving for God in other religions and civilizations.

Year 1 

Primary topic in Halakha – Yoreh Deah

Additional topics:  Comparative Religion, Creative writing, Inspirational Art, Kabbala, Public Policy, Tanach

Year 2 

Primary topic in Halakha – Nida

Secondary topic in Halakha – Aveilut and Moed Katan

Additional topics: Creative writing, Hassidut, Jewish Philosophy, Responsa Literature (Shutim), Tanach

Year 3

Primary topic in Halakha – Shabbat

Additional Units to be covered over 3 year period:

Medical Ethics and Halakha, Business Ethics and Halakha, Philosophy of Halakha, Gender Studies,  Sociology of the Religious Community, Pastoral Psychology, Political Thought and Economics, Relating to the Other: Non-Jews and Jews who do not observe Halakha , LGBTQ, Religious Bureaucracy in Israel