Courses

Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism

Free

This course is based on David Ariel’s Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism. The goal of the course is to make the Jewish mystical tradition- including Kabbalah and Hasidism- clear and comprehensible to adult learners. … Read More

What Do Jews Believe?

Free

This course is based on David Ariel’s What Do Jews Believe? The Spiritual Foundations of Judaism. The course explores the key concepts and beliefs in Judaism including God, human character, human destiny, the Jewish people, … Read More

The Rise and Fall of Sephardic Jewry

Free

This course will explore the history and culture of the Jews of Muslim and Christian Spain from 711-1492. Topics will include secular Jewish culture during the Golden Age of Spain, Jewish-Muslim relations, the writings of … Read More

The History of the Jews in Eastern Europe

Free

This course will examine the contours of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and their impact on Ashkenazic Jews today. Topics include Polish-Lithuanian-Ukrainian Jewish society, the growth of Jewish social-welfare and mutual-assistance organizations, the rise of … Read More

The Teachings of Hasidism

Free

This course will explore the spiritual teachings of Hasidism and the major figures of Hasidism and its modern interpreters. The major figures include the Baal Shem Tov, the Maggid of Mezritch, Levi Isaac of Berditchev, … Read More

The History of Zionism and Israel

Free

The course covers the history of Zionism and Israel from the emergence of modern Zionism in 1881 until today. The topics include the the founding visions of Zionism, the period of the British Mandate, the … Read More

Jewish Approaches to Contemporary Social Issues

Free

This course explores how Jewish sources can help inform our understanding of contemporary social issues by looking at biblical, rabbinic, medieval, and modern denominational views on such issues as: What are the Jewish views on … Read More

The Contemporary American-Jewish Experience

Free

This course will explore the major developments shaping American Judaism today. The topics will include the differences between ultra-Orthodoxy, modern Orthodoxy, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform Judaism; recent demographic studies and trends affecting the American Jewish … Read More