Awarding Smicha - Rabbinic ordination - to both men and women, studying together.
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We aim to develop, with our students, an authentic vision of Torah life and thought which will be compelling for Orthodox Jews and others beyond denominational boundaries today.
The curriculum of the Beit Midrash Har’el Rabbinic Fellowships Program is designed to provide the requisite knowledge and tools to engage in communal leadership and education. It includes a rigorous course of Talmud and Halacha, along with explorations of chassidut, creative writing, comparative religion and other disciplines. This course of studies emphasizes an attitude of intellectual honesty and openness to the world as much as the content of the subject matter itself.
The program requires 3 full days and one evening of study each week. Fellows are accepted to the program based on a set of criteria including academic achievements, Jewish textual proficiency, exemplary character and leadership potential.
Key topics include:
- Public Policy
- Philosophy of Halacha
- Fundamentals of Comparative Religion
Additional topics to be covered over a 3-year period: Business Ethics and Halacha
Philosophy of Halacha, Gender Studies, Sociology of the Religious Community, Political Thought and Economics, Relating to the Other: Non-Jews and Jews who do not observe Halacha, LGBTQ, Religious Bureaucracy in Israel.