Rabbinical Course Requirements

AJR Rabbinical Course Requirements

Please note: Courses are 2 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

BIBLE (14 credits)
Introduction to Bible
Introduction to Parshanut
Parashat Hashavua
Leadership in the Bible/ Nevi’im Rishonim
Electives (6 credits)

HEBREW (27 credits)
Hebrew I (2 trimesters, 4 credits each)
Hebrew II (2 trimesters, 4 credits each)
Hebrew III (2 trimesters, 4 credits each)
Biblical Hebrew
Hebrew Phonetics and Morphology (1 credit)

HISTORY (8 credits)
Great Ideas and Debates of Jewish History I
Great Ideas and Debates of Jewish History II
American Jewish History, Society, and Culture*
Israeli History, Society, and Culture

LITURGY (11 credits)
Introduction to Liturgy
Shabbat Liturgy 
Festival Liturgy 
Yamim Noraim Liturgy
Tefillah and Seminar (with multiple courses totaling 3 credits)

PHILOSOPHY (11 credits)
Medieval Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Personal Theology
Mysticism Elective
Pluralism
Bio-Ethics (1 credit)

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS (22 credits)
Pastoral Counseling I
Pastoral Counseling II
Homiletics (1 credit)
Education (2 trimesters, 2 credits each)
Life Cycle I
Life Cycle II
Conversion (1 credit)
Chaplaincy (1 credit)
Fieldwork Support Seminar (4 trimesters, 0 credits)
Core Concepts Seminar (4 trimesters, 0 credits)
Entrepreneurship and Community Planting (with multiple courses totaling 6 credits)
Difficult Conversations (1 credit)

RABBINICS/HALAKHAH (30 credits)
Introduction to Mishna
Introduction to Talmud (2 trimesters, 2 credits each)
Intermediate Talmud (2 trimesters, 2 credits each)
Advanced Talmud (2 trimesters, 2 credits each)
Midrash I
Midrash II
Introduction to Codes (2 trimesters, 2 credits each)
Intermediate Codes
Advanced Codes
Introduction to Responsa
Critical Issues (Halakhah)

SPIRITUALITY (6 credits)
Architecture of Ritual
Sacred Arts
Spirituality Elective

ELECTIVES (11 credits)
TOTAL: 140 credits

*Note that students living outside of the United States may take a comparable course in the Jewish History and Culture of their country instead of American Jewish History, Society, and Culture.