Here is a list of Yeshiva classes I have taken at Beth Yachad, Baruch HaShem in Dallas, and First Fruit of Zion courses that I have taken.
Unaccredited Online Jewish Studies University Courses Taken
Rutgers Univeristy, New Brunswick, NJ. 6 Courses Taken:
Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life
- Introduction to Rabbinic Literature with Professor Azzan Yadin. This course provides an overview of early rabbinic literature. Professor Yadin discusses and reads passages from some of the texts that shaped rabbinic Judaism, particularly the Mishnah and the Talmud. The course will explore the ways in which these works reflect the changes and challenges that faced the Jewish world in the wake of the destruction of the Second Temple, as the rabbis sought both to present themselves as heirs to the biblical traditions and distinguish themselves from other contemporaneous groups.
- Bible and History with Professor Gary Rendsburg. In this course, participants explore the intersection of the Bible, ancient history, and the field of archaeology. The instructor guides participants through a panoply of information relevant to the study of the Bible, history, and archaeology.
- Inquisition and the Jews with Professor Paola Tartakoff. This course provides an overview of key developments in the history of the Inquisition and its involvement in Jewish affairs. It proceeds chronologically, discussing the medieval, Spanish, Portuguese, and Roman inquisitions, and also addresses some of the Inquisition’s legacies in modern times.
- Israeli Political System with Professor Yaacov Yadgar. In this course, participants explore the institutional and structural traits of the Israeli political system, with preliminary analysis of historical and social issues. Professor Yaacov Yadgar guides course participants through a discussion of the Israeli political system.
- Jews Under Islam with Professor Mark R. Cohen. This course offers an overview of Jewish-Muslim relations in the Middle Ages, as well as of Jewish life and Jewish culture in the same period, a period that has been called a “Golden Age.” We will also examine the Jewish community, how it was organized and how it functioned, putting into practice the autonomy and freedom of religion granted to the Jews by Islamic law. This will lead us into the fascinating cultural revolution in Jewish civilization under Islam, including vignettes of three great luminaries of Judaeo-Arabic civilization, Saadya Gaon, Judah Halevi, and Moses Maimonides. After our journey through the Middle Ages, we will consider modern Muslim anti-Semitism, asking whether it is old, rooted in Islamic sources like the Qur’an, or something new, with roots in the European world.
- Zionism with Professor Roni Stauber. This course examines the Zionist idea and its implementation from the precursors of Zionism to the founders of the State of Israel. The lectures explore the origins of the Zionist ideology and inquires into the historical conditions as well as the political strategies that made its success possible. Topics of the course include the impact of antisemitism on the genesis of Jewish nationalism, the theses of Theodor Herzl, Ahad Ha’am, and other ideologues of the Zionist movement, the synthesis between political Zionism and practical Zionism, ideological confrontations between the Zionist and anti-Zionist Jews, the Jewish organized community in Palestine during the mandate era and the origins of the Israeli Palestinian conflict.
Unaccredited Messianic Jewish Yeshivot Study Courses Taken
Beth Yachad Messianic Yeshiva Phoenix, AZ. 6 Courses Taken:
- Bible 101: A History of Israel, Part 1 with Professor Terry Daughtrey. This course traces the story of Israel and the Jewish people from the Patriarchal age to the united monarchy. Since the Scripture provides the major source of information concerning the history of Israel, this course also functions as a survey of the Hebrew Scriptures for the stated time period. Special Emphasis is placed on recapturing the original meaning of the text in the indigenous cultural environment.
- Intro to Judaism with Professor Terry Daughtrey (of Grand Canyon University): This course introduces the student to the broad range of Jewish religious belief and practice as observed through the centuries and into modern times, looking at the impact of cultural history upon Jewish religion which has led to its constant evolution and innovation. Modern Jewish dispositions toward Yeshua/Jesus and Christianity are evaluated in light of traditional Jewish, American Jewish, Israeli and contemporary Messianic Jewish faith expressions.
- Bible 102: A History of Israel, Part 2 with Professor Terry Daughtrey (of Grand Canyon University). This course traces the story of Israel and the Jewish people, and is a continuation of A History of Israel, Part 1. It relates the story of Israel and the Jewish people from the divided monarchy to the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in 70 BCE. Special emphasis is placed on recapturing the original meaning of the text in its original cultural and historical environment.
- The Jewish Experience with Dr Raymond L Gannon, and Cosmo Panzetta. An introductory course in the essentials of Judaism, practice, festivals, an overview of history and experience.
- Classical Biblical Hebrew 1 with Professor Terry Daughtrey (of Grand Canyon University). This course teaches reading Biblical Hebrew using the text book, A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew by Rabbi J. Weingreen (Cambridge Press). Teaching how to read, understand and transliterate the biblical text.
- Classical Biblical Hebrew 2 with Professor Terry Daughtrey (of Grand Canyon University). This course teaches reading Biblical Hebrew using the text book, A Practical Grammar for Classical Hebrew by Rabbi J. Weingreen (Cambridge Press) . Teaching how to read, understand and transliterate the biblical text.
Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue Dallas, TX. 4 Courses Taken:
- Hebrew Alef-Bet with Marc Esper. This is a beginning level course in which students who have not previously studied Hebrew will learn phonetic Hebrew reading, script writing, and a basic Hebrew vocabulary of 100 words.
- Engaging Prayer a Mini-Yeshiva on the Amidah Prayer
- Messianic Judaism in the First Hundred Years by Dr. Jeffrey Seif
- The Parables of Yeshua and Rabbinic Meshalim by Akiva Cohen
First Fruits of Zion / Vine of David/Torah Club. 2 Courses Taken:
- HaYesod. This is a complete discipleship course that respectfully explores the Jewish foundation of Christianity.
- Torah Club Volume 2. Torah Club Volume Two: Shadows of the Messiah uses ancient rabbinic and modern Messianic interpretations to reveal Yeshua in the Torah.
Unaccredited Jewish Online Study Courses Taken
Jewish Interactive Studies, Merion Park, PA, 2 Cources Taken:
- Foundations of Judaism. Topics covered: Origin of Judaism – The Exodus, Revelation at Sinai, and Keeping G-d’s Messages Alive Forever, Free Will, Balancing Trust in G-d with Human Effort, The Confusing Consequences of Good and Bad Actions, The Centrality of the Land of Israel, and Prayer – The Basis of Human Life.
- Ethics One: Getting along with people – and yourself. Topics Covered: A Jewish Work Ethic, Friends, Acquaintances and Enemies,as well as Wealth: Attitudes and Uses.