Beginning in 2015, the ALEPH Ordination Program is opening to the general public these full-semester foundational courses! While enrolled students have priority seating, no special permission is needed to enroll. If you have questions, please call the ALEPH office at (215) 247-9700 x21.
Introduction to Jewish Renewal and Reb Zalman’s Thought
Instructor: Rabbi Leana Moritt
Meeting Time: Tuesday 8 to 10 pm (eastern)
This 13-week class is scheduled to start on Feb 17, 2015
Crucial to a full understanding of Jewish Renewal is knowledge of the history and development of the movement, its structures, its leaders and their thought. This includes the principles and development of Paradigm Shift, Integral Halachah, and Davvenology. Students will be introduced to the rabbis and teachers who embraced Reb Zalman’s thought and invitation to renew Judaism with their own unique gifts. As the final assignment for this course, each student will be given a sound file of Reb Zalman teaching to hear, evaluate, and catalog.
A Walk Through the Siddur: An Introduction to the Liturgy*
Instructor: Rabbi T’mimah Ickovits
Meeting Time: Wednesday 8 to 10 pm (eastern)
This 13-week course is scheduled to start on Feb 18, 2015
From the morning Shema to the evening Shema, prayer provides structure for the Jewish day. The Siddur, the Jewish prayer book, is an inspired compendium of spiritual poetry that takes us on our journey though the three daily opportunities for formal prayer: Shacharit, Minchah, and Ma’ariv — the morning, afternoon, and evening prayers, for weekdays, Shabbat and holy days. In this course, we will take a guided journey through the Siddur—its forms, structures, language and mythic metaphors—to discover how the spiritual journey of Jewish prayer is designed. Our journey embraces the Hebrew of the Siddur, and opens up that language to you.
*Re-designed as a full-semester, 13-week course with a new syllabus
Biblical Hebrew 102
Instructor: Rabbi Bob Freedman
Meeting Time: Monday 8 to 9:30 pm (eastern)
This 13-week course is scheduled to start on Feb 16, 2015
This course continues the study of grammar and vocabulary begun in Biblical Hebrew 101. You will review declension of nouns and study recognition and translation of the seven binyanim, weak (irregular) verbs, and biblical Hebrew idioms. Texts will be from Tanakh with an emphasis on Genesis, parashiot hashavua, and siddur. The goal of the course is to give you a solid grounding in translation and interpretation of classical Hebrew texts. If you think you would like to take the course, but don’t know if you are either not advanced enough or too advanced, please call Rabbi Bob Freedman at (609) 921-1562.
NOTE: All ALEPH distance-learning classes require a high-speed Internet connection (DSL or better), built-in or add-on webcam and a computer headset or mic for participation.