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

What Do Jews Believe?

Free

The course explores in depth the many different concepts and beliefs in Judaism about God, human character, human destiny, the Jewish people, Torah, ritual, prayer, and the Messiah. The course will examine each concept within … Read More

The Philosophy of Moses Maimonides

Free

Maimonides (1135-1204) was born in Cordoba, Spain, at the end of the “Golden Age of Jewish Life in Muslim Spain.” As the epitome of the rationalist approach of medieval  Jewish and Islamic philosophy, he understood … Read More

Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism

Free

The course will make the Jewish mystical tradition- including Kabbalah and Hasidism- clear and comprehensible to adult learners. The topics include the Infinite God of Kabbalah, the ten Sefirot, the feminine aspect of God, the … 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 Relationship Between Judaism and Islam

Free

This course will explore the intertwined destinies of Judaism and Islam including the myth of the Jews and Arabs as cousins, the Jewish background to the Islamic religion, and the Muslim-Jewish symbiosis during the medieval … 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 through the collapse of the peace process. The topics include the biblical vision and connection to the Land … Read More

Modern Israeli Culture

Free

This course will explore the development of Israeli culture in English translation in order to understand the Israeli experience from within. The course will include readings from modern Hebrew literature (short stories, fiction, and non-fiction), … Read More