Topic: Israel, Jewish Practices, Philosophy
Duration: 20+ sessions

Purposes 243 shutterstockThis course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology. Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

This course is taught in conjunction with Rhythms of Jewish Living.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 - What is Jewish Learning?

Lesson 2 - Yetziat Mitzrayim (The Exodus from Egypt)

Lesson 3 - Creation

Lesson 4 - Humankind: Male and Female

Lesson 5 - God

Lesson 6 - Not in Heaven: What are Jewish Texts?

Lesson 7 - Mitzvot: What are they?

Lesson 8 - Mishkan / Mikdash (The Sanctuary)

Lesson 9 - From Service of the Heart to Synagogue Services

Lesson 10 - Is the Torah the Revealed Word of God? Part I

Lesson 11 - Is the Torah the Revealed Word of God? Part II

Lesson 12 - Theology in Practice: Driving on Shabbat

Lesson 13 - Purposes of Kosher Observance

Lesson 14 - Miracles

Lesson 15 - Prophecy

Lesson 16 - Eretz Yisrael (The Land of Israel)

Lesson 17 - What does it mean to be the "Chosen People"?

Lesson 18 - Gender in Judaism

Lesson 19 - Intermarriage

Lesson 20 - Hashgachah (Divine Providence)

Lesson 21 - Free Will and Sin

Lesson 22 - Why Do People Suffer?

Lesson 23 - What Happens After We Die?

Lesson 24 - Mitzvot: Meaning and Purpose

Lesson 25 - Churban (Destruction) and Galut (Exile)

Lesson 26 - Yemot Hamashiach (The Messianic Era)

Lesson 27 - Seeking Understanding after the Holocaust

Lesson 28 - The Israel-Diaspora Relationship

Lesson 29 - The Purposes of Judaism

Lesson 30 - What Have We Learned?

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