Department Essential Questions:
How does Judaism understand the relationship between God and Humans? Is halakha rigid or flexible?
How does the halakhic process shape contemporary Jewish discourse? What tools can I use to understand and interpret Jewish law?
9th Grade – Development of Halakha 1: Nature and Function
This course introduces and delves right into the nature of the Halakhic process by weaving together Talmudic texts, major Rishonim (medieval scholars, namely Rambam and Tosafot) as well as modern religious thinkers (Rabbi Solovetichik zt’l, Rabbi Berkovitz zt’l and l’Havdil Bein Hayyim l’Hayyim Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Shlita).
10th Grade – Development of Halakha 2: Process and Principles
This course is built off the 9th grade material and grapples more intensely with core components of Halakhic methodology, specifically studying key Halakhic principles, which will prepare our students with a much greater introduction to the very relevant issues in Halakha, namely the role of women in Orthodox Judaism, Medinat Yisrael and Shabbat.
11th Grade – Application of Halakhic Thought 1: Prayer, Women and Medinat Yisrael
Building off our students’ knowledge of the core principles, function and nature of Halakha, our students will now brave the tough waters of some of the most fascinating, exciting, controversial and relevant topics in Halakha. The students will now have the opportunity to bring to life the Talmudic texts, the major Rishonim and modern rabbinic scholars, ranging from Rav Kook zt’l to Rav Teitelbaum zt’l.
12th Grade Talmud – Application of Halakhic Thought 2: Shabbat
Having just applied the Talmudic and Halakhic principles to prayer, women and Medinat Yisrael, our student will now engage in the same study for Shabbat, specifically studying how modernity and technology impact our Halakhic system, which has been in place for a few thousand years.