Shiur Bet (Intermediate - level 2) is appropriate for students with some Jewish knowledge of Torah learning. Students in this level wish to develop their learning skills and broaden their philosophical knowledge, particularly through the study of Chumash with classical commentaries.
This level is appropriate for students who can read Torah texts with proficiency and are comfortable with basic commentaries. Chavruta-style learning allows
for students to help each other learn, with two students paired for the chavruta portion of the class. Material learned during the study session is further developed and expounded upon by the teacher during the lecture. An instructor is available to assist and guide students, but the students are encouraged to develop their own skills to explore the text.
A sample Shiur Bet schedule can be found here.
During the morning classes, our students prepare texts for a lecture and discussion that follows. This preparation is done in pairs, (“chavruta”), and is supervised by the course instructor. Tutors assist the study pairs and are available to answer questions during this time. Many of our other classes include a shorter chavruta time within the scheduled class period.
Halacha (Jewish Law)
A clear, concise presentation of practical Jewish Law, along with an explanation of the background and the reasons for the observance.
Presentation and discussion of the basic issues of Jewish faith.
In this course, we discuss the philosophical understanding and practical applications of laws regulating relationships between man and man. Sources include texts from the Torah through modern-day rabbinic writings. Students are encouraged to find practical application of the concepts in their lives.
This thematic view of stages in Jewish history, and the challenges and contributions of each stage, will reveal the unfolding of the magnificent saga of Jewish destiny, reflecting G-d’s Divine plan and the awesome greatness of the Jewish people.
In-depth study of the books of Esther, Song of Songs, and Ruth, is incorporated with literary analysis and intensive study of commentaries. Each Megillah is presented as a unique work with its own structure and themes.
This stimulating course is comprised of an analysis and discussion of major philosophical themes found in the Midrash.
A study of the Book of Mishlei (Proverbs), with the interpretations of the classic commentators.
Parsha (Weekly Torah Portion)
A philosophical look at themes and topics from the weekly Torah reading, which provides students with deeper understanding of the Parsha.
The Philosophy of Maimonides - An exploration of the philosophy of Rabbi Moses ben Maimon (Maimonides). Selections from his works will be studied.
Studies in Bereishit
Students will study the life story of Abraham in depth, as it is presented in Genesis. Basic study-skills and the analysis of the commentary of the Ramban (Rabbi Moses ben Nachman) are taught in this class.
Studies in Shemot
Intensive study of the book of Exodus, utilizing the traditional literary analytical approach to the text, with emphasis on developing the skills to undertanding Rashi's commentary.
Studies in the Prophets
An intensive study of the Early Prophets, using the classical commentaries. The historical background of the narratives is explored along with the literary features of the text and the philosophical implications of the stories.
Survey of the Prophets
A detailed review of the prophetic books of Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings. Students are expected to prepare for class by reading the text for the upcoming lecture, either in English or Hebrew.
The purpose of prayer and ways to acquire the “art of Tefilla” are studied in-depth. A detailed explanation of the structure and words of prayer is provided in order to integrate the course’s philosophical ideas into daily prayer.