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Judaic Studies/Religion - Maalot Educational Network

Titles of all evaluated learning experiences in Judaic Studies/Religion - Maalot Educational Network

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences

Formerly:
Advanced Topics in Bible (REL 399)
Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and articulate the various theological, philosophical and legal implications of a variety of exegetical and midrashic insights and demonstrate skills in independent Biblical research.

Instruction:

This course may be delivered in a classroom or online format. Topics covered: are selected theological, philosophical and legal themes from the five Books of the Pentateuch along with relevant commentaries, sources and works of Jewish philosophy. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

39 hours (13 weeks). 

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: articulate an in-depth understanding of central theological and philosophical issues, as well as symbolic and esoteric elements of the Book of Judges, through reference to a wealth of Biblical, Midrashic and Rabbinic source material, along with knowledge of the Book with its classical commentaries.  Students conduct an analysis of biblical texts and commentaries.

Instruction:

Major topics covered in the course: the relationship between the sins of the Jewish people, the nations who subjugated them, and the judges who redeemed them; the major Biblical personalities and events in the book and their symbolic significance for religion and history. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hebrew Scriptures, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

39  hours (13 weeks). 

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and discuss various classical exegetical approaches to the Bible; articulate the moral, legal and religious implications of exegetical insights; conduct Biblical research; and analyze exegetical approaches to parallel passages in the Bible.

Instruction:

Classroom-based learning includes lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Text selection may vary. Prerequisite or co-requisite should include at least two course in Bible and Prophets.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and discuss the foundations of Chabad Chassidus philosophy and the terminology of Chabad philosophy and compare and contrast the Chabad Chassidus philosophy to other Jewish philosophical works.

Instruction:

Major topics are:the structure of Tanya, the basic terminology of Tanya, the Divine Soul, the self and the ways and means of achieving a closer understanding of G-d, self and fellow man. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Background knowledge in Jewish Religion and Philosophy.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or Philosophy (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:
September 2009 - Present.
Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify and discuss the foundations of Chabad Chassidus philosophy and the terminology of Chabad philosophy and compare and contrast the Chabad Chassidus philosophy to other Jewish philosophical works.

Instruction:

Major topics are: the Divine Soul, the self and the ways and means of achieving a closer understanding of G-d, self and fellow man, and penitence. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation. Prerequisite: Background knowledge in Jewish Religion and Philosophy. 

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, or Philosophy (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

Classroom-based instruction: 39 hours (13 weeks). Proficiency exam: Varies; self-study format. 

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to identify, describe, interpret and analyze Biblical and Rabbinic sources pertaining to laws of interpersonal communication.

Instruction:

Instruction is offered via traditional classroom-based format or as a proficiency exam. Topics include: Biblical and Rabbinic sources on verbal abuse and laws of slander, gossip, and the private and public exchange of information in Jewish Law. Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: Basic Halalchic knowledge.  

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Jewish Ethics, Religious Ethics, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

39 hours (13 weeks). 

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: articulate the underlying concerns motivating the broader feminist movement in its early and contemporary stages and identify the specific concerns of Jewish women seeking to reconcile their sense of independence with authentic Jewish values and mores and analyze these concerns as formulated in primary and secondary traditional Jewish sources.

Instruction:

This course may be delivered in a classroom or online format. Topics covered in this course are: contemporary feminism, the social position of women in the Bible, historical perspectives, modesty, love, differences between the sexes, marriage, purity, motherhood and career, sexuality, divorce and widowhood, and women and ritual law .Methods of instruction include lecture and discussion. Prerequisite: Foundation course in Jewish Law and gender issues. 

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Hebrew Bible, Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to articulate Rabbinicviews on selected contemporary halachic issues.

Instruction:

Topics covered in the course are general principles of inter-relationships between the sexes, synagogue worship, morality in financial dealings, and ritual purity. Topics may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and Textual preparation. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of fundamental Jewish concepts in Law and Philosophy.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation). 

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates:

September 2009 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: identify the Biblical and Rabbinic sources of Jewish holidays and discuss the role they play in the development of the Jewish people, according to classical and modern Jewish thinkers.

Instruction:

This course may be delivered in a classroom or online format. Topics include: The Concept of Moadim; Elul; Rosh Hashana and Judgment; The Shofar; The Rosh Hashana Prayers; Yom Kippur and the Golden Calf; Repentance; The Spiritual Gains of Yom Kippur; The Gift of Shabbat; The Holiness of Shabbat; Non-Jews and Shabbat; Shabbat and the People of Israel; Shabbat and Faith; Remembering Shabbat Throughout the Week; Chanuka; Simon the Righteous; Torah Worldview versus Natural Worldview; The Miracle of the Oil; A Base for Blessing; The Three Festivals; Forefathers and Festivals; Purim; The Feast in Shushan; Divine Providence in the Purim Story; The Emergence of Haman; Hallel and the Megilla; G-d's Name in the Megilla; Passover: Gratitude and Faith; Tefillin as a Reminder; The Plagues as an Avenue to Faith; and Faith in Adversity. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, and textual preparation.

Credit recommendation:

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, or Religious Studies (10/10) (8/15 revalidation).

Location:
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length:

16 hours (formalized instruction) (online or classroom-based); minimum of 36 additional hours meeting with instructor and working on Capstone project.

Dates:

September 2012 - Present.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: determine an issue, problem, information gap, or creative endeavor in the field of Jewish Studies; demonstrate proficiency as an independent learner and critical thinker; engage thoughtfully with Jewish texts from a range of time periods and perspectives; demonstrate proficiency analyzing Jewish texts in their original Hebrew (where applicable); apply research and analysis techniques to the explanation and resolution of an information gap, issue, or problem by studying or creating a project in a respective field; design a project based on theory and knowledge from Jewish Studies courses; synthesize research components to produce a comprehensive valid result in a concrete format; reach conclusions through the use of external resources that reflect knowledge; apply all elements of scholarly activity to a written document, utilizing Standard American English and APA or MLA format; present an ethically responsible final project in an academic and professional format as a bridge to future work/employment; and demonstrate a comprehension of diverse perspectives within the field of Jewish studies.

Instruction:

Instruction is based on self-paced study with a monitored format that includes periodic assignments and required completion date. Major topics include: definition and purposes of a Capstone; types of Capstone projects (research paper, creative project, applied project); research components; ethical research; plagiarism; annonotated bibliography; Importance of background reading; crafting a thesis statement; and methodology. Methods of instruction include: required interaction and discussions with instructor, required text, supplemental readings, essay assignments, and homework.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Religious Studies, Bible Studies, History, or Sociology (5/13) (5/18 revalidation).

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