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Jewish Holidays in Biblical and Talmudic Literature (REL480)

Formerly Biblical Origins (REL480)
Location: 
Maalot, Jerusalem, and other authorized locations.
Length: 

39 hours (13 weeks).

Dates: 

September 2009 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

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).

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