Maalot Educational Network | Evaluated Learning Experience
Iggros: Rabbinic Letters (PHI341)
Classroom: 39 hours (13 weeks); Distance/Hybrid: Varies.
September 2020 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: analyze the historical and personal contexts of primary sources, discern the relationship of a teacher to his or her students through their letters, and evaluate Jewish philosophical approaches to selected concepts; be proficient in textual skills and modern Jewish history through researching original texts and the personal lives of their authors.
Major topics include bibliographical information about each letter writer and their influence on Jewish history, the importance of knowing an author’s historical context, major accomplishments, and the name by which he/she is known, the superiority of letters to published material in getting to know the author’s mind, value of prayer, dual nature of trials, G-d responds in kind, women’s role, spiritual aspirations and social life, fraternal love as the gateway to love of G-d, impact of Bais Yaakov on women of its generation and on ours, Purim as “letter” and personal message, G-dliness and Amalek, obligation to feel personal experience of the Exodus from Egypt, what Pesach celebrates, solitude and society, maintaining values even in hardship, modern idolatries, and growth-potential of milestones. Topics and sources may vary. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion and textual preparations. Prerequisite: Ability to read and comprehend Hebrew language familiarity with courses in Biblical texts and exegesis. Pre or co-requisite: two courses in Jewish Philosophy or permission from the instructor.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Hebrew Bible, or Religious Studies (3/21).