MHL COURSE DESCRIPTION
Graduate M.H.L. courses are numbered between 500 - 699. Those numbered between 500 - 599 are taught at an introductory level and those between 600 - 699 are at an advanced level.
NOTE: For 2019-2020, all students should enroll for PHL 560
TEXTUAL STUDIES (TXT)
Weekly Portion (3 credit hours)
Studies of the weekly Torah portion, read with commentaries by Rashi and others.
Selected Torah Analysis (3 credit hours)
Selected sections from the Torah will be read together with commentaries.
Shabbat 1 (3 credit hours)
Selections pertaining to Shabbat from the Shulchan Aruch HaRav by R. Schneur Zalman Liadi
Shabbat 2 (3 credit hours)
A continuation of TXT 601
Shabbat 3 (3 credit hours)
A continuation of TXT 602
TXT 691, 692:
Independent Textual Studies (3 credit hours)
Advanced, intensive studies of selected Jewish Texts (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor)
JEWISH HISTORY (HIST)
Studies in Jewish History (3 credit hours)
This course is a series of lectures (followed by private discussions) by invited scholars of aspects of Jewish history. A CYS faculty member will coordinate the series and will oversee a written assignment.
JUDAIC LAW (LAW)
LAW 501, 502, 503:
Laws of Meat and Dairy (3 credit hours each)
The primary Judaic Law codebook, the Shulchan ‘Aruch, is read, along with commentaries such as the Mapa of Rema, the Taz, and the Shach. (Prerequisites: LAW 501 is prerequisite for LAW 502, and LAW 502 is prerequisite for LAW 503)
Laws of Mixtures (3 credit hours each)
An examination of aspects of Judaic dietary laws drawn from the Shulchan 'Aruch, Rambam’s Mishne Torah, and sections from the Babylonian Talmud.
Laws of Salting (3 credit hours)
An examination of aspects of Judaic dietary laws drawn from the Babylonian Talmud and codified in Rambam’s Mishne Torah and Karo’s Shulchan 'Aruch.
Laws of Treifos (3 credit hours)
Laws of Mourning (3 credit hours)
An analysis of death and mourning rituals and laws as found in the code of Judaic Law, commentaries and response. The student will learn how to approach various halachic issues frequently raised by practicing rabbis.
Laws of Shabbat (3 credit hours)
Contemporary Responsa (3 credit hours)
An analysis of contemporary response literature.
Contemporary Judaic Law(3 credit hours)
The interface between Halachah and issues confronting contemporary society as seen through the prism of responsa literature. Topics include privacy, abortion, assisted suicide, transplants, surrogate motherhood, agama, extradition, and other current issues. (Prerequisite: Any 500-level LAW course)
Rosh Yeshiva’s Seminar (3 credit hours)
A weekly class reviewing and expanding upon learning done in the chevrusa (tutorial) format during the week. Sources include The Pri Megadim, the Chavas Ds, the Dagul Meravavah, the Chiddushei Rabbi Akiva Eiger, and the Pischei Teshuvah. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor)
LAW 691, 692:
Independent Studies of Jewish Law (3 credit hours)
Advanced, intensive studies of topics in Jewish Law. (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor)
CHASSIDIC PHILOSOPHY (PHL)
Sources of Chassidus (3 credit hours)
Readings of selections from the Tanya its philosophical commentaries.
Mystical Interpretation of the Bible (3 credit hours)
Chassidic writing from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries.
Torah & Science (variable credit hours)
Explore the convergence between Torah and cosmology, physics, psychology, medicine, mathematics, archaeology etc. Offered in conjunction with Machon Lev (Jerusalem Institute of Technology)
PHL 691, 692:
Independent Studies in Chassidic Philosophy (3 credit hours)
Advanced, intensive studies of topics in Chassidic Philosophy
(Prerequisite: Any 500-level LAW course, plus Consent of Instructor)
PROFESSIONAL STUDIES (PRO)
Note: All PRO courses are taken on a Pass/Fail basis.
Writing (3 credit hours)
This course will expose students to a wide array of writing genres, discuss specific concepts of writing and language structure, and work on editing and re-writing skills within a practical context and mindful of content and audience. Writing assignments are given both in and out of class and are reviewed and critiqued on an individual basis with the instructor.
Public Speaking (3 credit hours)
Course geared toward preparing prospective rabbis for the task of cogently presenting concepts and ideas, both from the pulpit and in a more didactic setting. The skills promoted include the use of self-presentation, organization and visual aids. The students regularly present to the class followed by a critique by the classmates and instructor.
Organizational Management (3 credit hours)
The goal of this course is to familiarize the prospective rabbi with group dynamics as they impact on the synagogue, classroom or committees. The perspective of the “group” as an entity with a life of its own will be highlighted, including concepts such as leadership, roles, scapegoating and projecting. Understanding and managing such groups will be considered through presentation and discussion of typical scenarios for the rabbi, community leader or educator.
Teaching Practicum (3 credit hours; may be repeated for credit)
Under the supervision of the Rosh Yeshiva, an exploration of pedagogic techniques in both classroom and tutorial settings.
Pastoral Counseling (3 credit hours)
By developing self-awareness and personal insight, the prospective rabbi will have a basis for dealing with issues of marital conflict, conflict resolution, spiritual growth, separation and divorce, sexual orientation crisis intervention, death and mourning, illness, and acute psychiatric illnesses or catastrophic life events.