JUDAISM CLASSES OPEN TO ALL

EXPLORING JUDAISM  – October 2017 led by Rabbi Elli Tikvah  

EXPLORING JUDAISM is OPEN TO ALL those who wish to broaden and deepen their Jewish knowledge.

The curriculum draws on Jewish texts (e.g. Torah, TaNaKH, Mishnah, Talmud, Siddur & Machzor) and includes an exploration of the differences between Liberal Judaism and other Jewish denominations. The course includes the festivals and commemorative days as they come up (the date of the eve of each festival is indicated in bold).

All classes will be held on Shabbat from 2.15-3.45pm, after the Access to Hebrew class (1-2pm)

EXPLORING JUDAISM is OPEN TO ALL those who wish to broaden and deepen their Jewish knowledge.

The curriculum draws on Jewish texts (e.g. Torah, TaNaKH, Mishnah, Talmud, Siddur & Machzor) and includes an exploration of the differences between Liberal Judaism and other Jewish denominations. The course includes the festivals and commemorative days as they come up (the date of the eve of each festival is indicated in bold).

All classes will be held on Shabbat from 2.15-3.45pm, after the Access to Hebrew class (1-2pm)

 

UNIT 4: THE CALENDAR

  1. 03.03 The Calendar & the cycle of the months
  2. 10.03 Shabbat I: In the Torah & the halakhah (Jewish law)
  3. 17.03 Pesach I: Pesach in the Torah
  4. 24.03 Pesach II: The Haggadah & the Seder                                        (Erev Pesach Seder: 30.03)
  5. 31.03 Shabbat II: Liturgy and rituals [First Day Pesach]
  6. 07.04 Omer Period I & Yom Ha-Sho’ah                                                (Erev Yom Ha-Sho’ah: 11.04)
  7. 14.04 Omer Period II: Yom Ha-Atzma’ut* & Lag Ba-Omer** &                (Erev*: 18.04; Erev**: 02.05)
  8. 21.04 Shabbat III: Towards a Liberal Jewish approach to ‘keeping Shabbat’

PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 28.04 & 05.05

UNIT 5: FROM LIFE TO DEATH

  1. 12.05 Birth
  2. 19.05 NO HEB. & EXP. JUD. CLASSES: ALL NIGHT SHAVUOT MARATHON    (Erev Shavuot: 19.05)
  3. 26.05 Bar/Bat Mitzvah & Kabbalat Torah
  4. 02.06 Kiddushin: Marriage
  5. 09.06 Divorce
  6. 16.06 Death & Mourning
  7. 23.06 Choosing Judaism & Mixed Faith Partnerships and Families

 

UNIT 6: JEWISH HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY

  1. 30.06 Jewish History & Geography I
  2. 07.07 Jewish History & Geography II
  3. 14.07 Tishah B’Av & Jewish Memory END OF YEAR                         (Erev Tishah B’Av: 21.07)

 

GLOSSARY OF HEBREW TERMS USED IN EXPLORING JUDAISM COURSE OUTLINE

Bar/Bat Mitzvah Son/Daughter of the Commandment – at 13 years – the traditional moment when a Jew becomes responsible for living Jewishly
Chanukkah Literally: ‘Dedication’. Festival celebrating the re-dedication of the Temple (desecrated by Antiochus IV) in 164 BCE
Chumash Literally: ‘Fived’ – Edition of the ‘Five Books of Moses’ containing the Torah and ‘concluding’ [Haftarah] readings read on Shabbat mornings
Elul Month of spiritual preparation prior to Rosh Ha-Shanah
G’milut Chasadim Loving Deeds
Haggadah Text ‘telling’ the story of Pesach – Passover
Kabbalat Torah ‘Receiving the Torah’ – a Liberal Judaism innovation, marking the point when young 15/16 year olds are welcomed as adult members of the congregation after completing their studies
Kashrut Dietary law concerning what is fit for Jews to eat
Kiddushin ‘Setting apart’ of a couple in Marriage
Kippah Literally: ‘Dome’; ‘cap’ – skullcap
M’zuzah Literally: Doorpost – the box, placed on the doorposts of our houses & on our gates containing the first two paragraphs of the Sh’ma [meaning, ‘Listen!’ – Deuteronomy 6:4-9 & 11:13-21]
Machzor Literally: ‘Cycle’ – Name for the Festival Prayer Book
Mishnah Another term for ‘Teaching’ – the first post-biblical code of law containing the teachings of the first rabbis, edited c. 200CE
Omer ‘Sheaf’ [of grain] – presented daily by the priests in Temple times for 7 weeks from Pesach to Shavuot
Pesach Passover – 7 day festival celebrating the Exodus from Egypt Purim ‘Lots’. Festival focussing on the reading of the Scroll of Esther
Rosh Ha-Shanah Literally: ‘Head of the Year’. The New Year – the first of 10 days of repentance, culminating in Yom Kippur
S’lichot Prayers of ‘Forgiveness’ prior to Rosh Ha-Shanah
Shavuot Festival of ‘Weeks’ celebrating the early summer harvest and also
z’man matan Torateinu –‘the season of the giving of our Torah
Siddur Literally: ‘Order’ – Name for the Sabbath & Daily Prayer Book
Simchat Torah ‘Joy of the Torah’. Festival celebrating the ending & beginning of the cycle of Torah readings on the 8th day following Sukkot
Sukkot ‘Booths’ – 7 day harvest festival when we ‘dwell’ in a sukkah
T’fillin Leather straps & boxes worn on the arm and head for daily
Morning Prayer containing related Torah texts, e.g. the Sh’ma
Tallit ‘Shawl’ worn for morning prayer – with tzitzit – ‘fringes’ on the four corners
Talmud Literally: ‘Learning’ – the name for the combined work containing the Mishnah & G’mara (commentary on the Mishnah)
TaNaKH An acronym for the Hebrew Bible – which falls into three parts: Torah (Five Books), N’vi’im (Prophets) and K’tuvim (Writings)
Tikkun Olam Repair of the World
Tishah B’Av ‘9th of Av’ – commemorating the Jewish people’s experience of churban (destruction), especially, the destruction of the Temple
Torah ‘Teaching’ – specifically, the Five Books of Moses
Tz’dakah Acts of justice (tzedek) – the Jewish form of Charity
Yom Ha-Sho’ah Holocaust Memorial Day [Sho’ah = Devastation]
Yom Ha’atzma’ut [Israel] ‘Independence Day’
Yom Kippur Day of Atonement – day of confession of our misdeeds