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 Reading Accuracy (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 Siddur and Machzor (0 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.