Pedagogy: Teaching Tefillah

This seminar establishes a methodological approach to the teaching of the Siddur and the Mahzor. Theological issues arising from these prayer books will be discussed. Affective approaches that complement cognitive and skill learning will be explored. Observation and micro-teaching are required.

Second Temple / Rabbinic Judaism

The Temple and its centrality for spiritual/religious expression was the first paradigm of our people. When the Temple was destroyed there emerged the 2nd paradigm for our people that still heavily influences Judaism to this day. This course will examine how Talmudic/Rabbinic Judaism succeeded. We will examine the major people and what constituted this paradigm. The general content of the paradigm will be examined.