Jewish Studies Courses

Advanced Laws and Concepts of Prayer (Jewish Studies 210) Credit recommendation: 3 lower level credits in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, or Religion Objectives:Students will be able to: demonstrate a thorough knowledge about the meanings and sources of Jewish daily prayers; show an understanding of the concepts, philosophy, and religious issues necessary to properly apply the laws of Jewish prayer in various circumstances; distinguish between the various categories of prayer and explain their significance. Instruction: The Jewish Studies 210 examination will assess students’ ability to express in-depth knowledge of the theory and practice of Jewish daily prayer, including knowledge of their meanings, customs, and origins. Topics include: the Jewish prayer book; the blessings; psalms; verses from Tenach, the Shema, the Amida, and times for prayer.

The Essential Laws of Blessings (Jewish Studies 250) Credit recommendation: 3  lower/upper division credits in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, or Religion Objectives: Students will be able to: demonstrate the ability to identify, explain, analyze, interpret, and apply theoretical law; demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts related to blessings; identify major principles; analyze underlying premises of the principle laws and customs; and apply them to novel situations. Instruction:The Jewish Studies 250 examination will assess student’s ability to express knowledge about the fundamental Jewish laws and customs concerning blessings. Topics include: structure of a blessing; blessings made in vain; amen; discharging the obligation of others; initial blessings; sequence of blessings; principle versus subsidiary items; what is considered staples (mezonos); blessings on fruits and vegetables; wine, vegetable and fruit soups; and the general blessing of Shehakol.

Philosophy and Meaning in Jewish Prayer (Jewish Studies 320/320 DL) Credit recommendation: Proficiency Exam: 3 lower level credits in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, or Religion. Distance learning course: 3 upper division credits  in Philosophy, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion Objectives: Students will be able to: demonstrate a thorough knowledge about the inner meaning and philosophy behind Jewish prayer; explain the principals of the Shema; the blessings; the Shemona Esrei; Ashrei; and Aleinu; analyze underlying premises; integrate these concepts to all aspects of prayer; discuss why they pray; why God wants prayer; and how the set prayers achieve the prescribed goals.                               Instruction: Jewish Studies 320 DL (distance learning) course explores the philosophy and meaning of Jewish Prayer based on the systematic application of methodology provided in the masterpiece, The Way of God, by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzato, the commentary of the Malbim on Ashrei and the Abudraham on Aleinu; principles, customs, and meaning of Jewish Prayer. Topics include: unity; function of prayer; mankind’s position in the creation; mankind’s purpose; the function of evil; mankind’s relationship and service to God. Instruction for the distance learning course is delivered through a series of forty audio lectures.                             Credit recommendation: Proficiency Exam: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, or Religion (2/11). Distance learning course: In the upper division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Philosophy, Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/11).

Advanced Topics in Blessings-Part I (Jewish Studies 350) Credit recommendation: 3 lower/upper credit in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion Objectives: Students will be able to: demonstrate the ability to identify, explain, analyze, interpret, and apply theoretical law in the following areas of the laws of blessings: underlying meanings and reasons for blessings; principles of saying the name of God; saying amen; principles of intention; using non-Hebrew language; joint responsibility; blessings are inappropriate; sequence of blessings; and loss of connection to blessings. Instruction: The Jewish Studies 350 examination will assess students’ ability to express in-depth knowledge about the Jewish laws and customs concerning blessings; understanding of concepts related to blessings; identify major principles; analyze underlying premises of the principles laws and customs and apply them to novel situations.

Advanced Topics in Blessings-Part II (Jewish Studies 360) Credit recommendation: In the lower/upper division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion Objectives: Students will be able to: demonstrate the ability to identify, explain, analyze, interpret, and apply theoretical law in the following areas of the laws of blessings: disassociation from a blessing; changing places; specific parameters of principle and subsidiary items; parameters of what constitutes a meal; types of bread; cooked bread; raw and cooked grains. Instruction:The Jewish Studies 360 examination will assess students’ ability to express in-depth knowledge about the Jewish laws and customs concerning blessings; demonstrate understanding of concepts related to blessings; identify major principles; analyze underlying premises of the principle laws and customs; and apply them to novel situations.

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