This 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?