SPRING 2020 COURSES
Professor Israelite Academy – Rabbi Sh’lomo Ben Levy
Location: Online and Campus Cluster
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.
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.
By the end of the course the student will have a basic grasp of the themes and prospective of Kabbalah.