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FALL 2019 COURSES

Instructor: Brother Azriel Devine, Teaching Assistant

Location: (New York City) Online and Campus Clusters

Thursdays 7:00pm-8:30pm (eastern time)

Cost $400.00

Course Description:

This entry-level course will introduce the student to the basics of biblical Hebrew. Inductive and deductive teaching methodologies will be utilized for the study of the alphabet, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and writing system of biblical Hebrew. Basic vocabulary acquisition will be emphasized and actual examples from the Hebrew Bible will be employed.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the course the student will have:

  • a firm grasp on the building blocks of Biblical Hebrew
  • a rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew nouns, prepositions, adjectives, pronouns and vocabulary

For continued study the student should enroll in Biblical Hebrew I

Professor: Rabbi Sh’lomo Ben Levy (rabbilevy@blackjews.org)

Location: Online Only

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 (eastern time)

Cost: $400.00

Course Description: Basics of Biblical Hebrew II is the second part of a four-course series designed to introduce you to the Hebrew language of the Bible. The goal of this course is to teach students to read and translate the Torah with a high degree of comprehension. This course acquaints students with the particular grammar, structure, and vocabulary that is used in Biblical Hebrew, We will utilize inductive and deductive approaches and employ actual examples from the Hebrew Bible that emphasize understanding the structural pattern of the Hebrew language rather than rote memorization.

Course Objectives: By the end of the semester, successful students will have acquired the ability to:

  • Read from the Sefer Torah without vowels
  • Translate passages of the Torah from Hebrew into English
  • Demonstrate that you have a Biblical vocabulary of several hundred words.

Prerequisites: Biblical Hebrew I or equivalent knowledge that demonstrates through examination

Professor: Y’sudah Yehudah

Location: New York City and Online Campus Clusters

Thursdays 7pm -9pm (eastern time)

Course Description: This course will help students develop competence in written communication by practicing writing clear sentences and paragraphs. The student will learn how to recognize and use grammatically correct sentence patterns and to write coherent paragraphs containing a topic sentence, idea development, and a conclusion.

This course is open to all rabbinical and general studies students. Rabbinical school candidates are required to successfully complete this course and English 102 or pass the writing placement exam.

Course Objectives:

The student will:

  • Understand the pre-writing process
  • Develop effective sentences
  • Write paragraphs utilizing support sentences and orderly transitions.

SPRING 2020 COURSES

Professor Israelite Academy – Rabbi Sh’lomo Ben Levy

Location: Online and Campus Cluster

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00pm

Cost: $400.00

Course Description: Basics of Biblical Hebrew III is the third part of a four-course series designed to introduce you to the Hebrew language of the Bible.

The goal of this course is to teach students to read and translate the Torah with a high degree of comprehension. This course acquaints students with the particular grammar, structure, and vocabulary that is used in Biblical Hebrew,

We will utilize inductive and deductive approaches and employ actual examples from the Hebrew Bible that emphasize understanding the structural pattern of the Hebrew language rather than rote memorization.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the semester, successful students will have acquired the ability to:

  • Read any text from the Sefer Torah without vowels
  • Translate advanced passages of the Torah from Hebrew into English
  • Continue with vocabulary acquisition

Professor: Chief Rabbi Funnye Capers

Location: Online and Chicago Campus

Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:830 PM (eastern time)

Course Description: Kabbalah has been perceived as a body of secret theoretical and practical knowledge concerning creation, the divine world, and human interaction with it. The objective of this course is to introduce students with no background in Kabbalah or Israelite thought to the major ideas, philosophies and practices of the Kabbalah in their historical, social and cultural settings. The ideas are presented in a very accessible manner without jeopardizing the course’s academic rigor. The course will examine some of the basic Kabbalistic themes such as the theory of the Sefirot, ecstatic and prophetic Kabbalistic techniques, reincarnation, demonology, and practical Kabbalah. We will examine some of the major Kabbalistic writings and movements, including the Sefer ha-Zohar, Lurianic Kabbalah, Hasidism, and the contemporary revival of popular Kabbalah. Kabbalistic thought and its implications for contemporary life and practice will be explored Kabbalistic theories and practices will be studied through reading and analyzing primary sources (the Kabbalistic texts themselves) as well as applying the most up-to-date secondary literature (academic research). The application of Kabbalistic thought and its’ implications for contemporary life and practice will be explored. The course will examine various perspectives on the themes presented and encourage active participation of the student.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the course the student will have a basic grasp of the themes and prospective of Kabbalah.

Professor: Y’sudah Yehudah, MA

Location: (New York City), online and campus clusters

Thursdays 7pm- 9pm (eastern time)

Cost: $400.00

Course Description: This course will explore a variety of issues stemming from the tensions between science versus religion and the book of Genesis versus evolution.  The class proceeds through themes spanning the ancient to the modern, examining human and Israelite cultures in such places as Ethiopia, Egypt, Uganda and the Near East. Israelite family and marriage practices are also a focus of this course.

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