SL502 – Jewish Practices in a Messianic Context

Instructor:  Rabbi Joshua Brumbach
Location: Orbund (server11.orbund.com)
Dates:  October 27, 2019- December 28, 2019
Note: This is an expanded course description and not the syllabus. Students who want to begin reading before the syllabus is posted (usually one month prior to the start of class) should contact the course instructor directly to confirm what required readings will be on the syllabus. For the instructor’s contact information, email the MJTI registrar at admin@mjti.org.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Jewish practices give structure and meaning to Jewish communal, family, and individual life. This course surveys the calendar and lifecycle events of Judaism. Its purpose is to explore these events as connected elements of a vital Jewish communal, family, and individual life. Distinctive aspects of Messianic Jewish lifecycle and calendar events will be examined.

RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM
This is a required course for completion of the Master of Jewish Studies and Master of Rabbinic Studies degrees.

RELEVANCE
An appreciation for the basic structure and rhythms of Jewish life is crucial to forming vibrant and informed Messianic Jewish communities. To live, and guide others, through a dynamic encounter with Jewish spirituality, one must know and have a basic understanding of Jewish practice. Therefore, this course will introduce students to the calendar, lifecycle events, and daily observances of Judaism. It will also equip students to live and lead others in a way that is deeply engaged with, and respectful of tradition, yet creative and Yeshua-centered.

PREREQUISITES
There are no prerequisites for this course, however, one year of college-level Hebrew may be helpful.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
This is an online video-conference course. The student must have a computer, headset, and high-speed internet access.

COURSE FORMAT
Online video conference and asynchronous online discussion (by blog).

REQUIREMENTS
Full participation in video conferences and blog discussions, a quiz on the readings, and a final paper.

REQUIRED TEXTS
• Dosick, Wayne. Living Judaism: The Complete Guide to Jewish Belief, Tradition and Practice. New York: HarperCollins, 1995 (any edition acceptable).
• Dresner, Samuel H. I Asked for Wonder: A Spiritual Anthology of Abraham Joshua Heschel. New York: Crossroad, 1992 (any edition acceptable).
• Eby, Aaron. First Steps in Messianic Jewish Prayer. Marshfield: FFOZ, 2014.
• Kasdan, Barney. God’s Appointed Customs. Clarksville: Lederer, 1996.
• Kinzer, Mark S. Israel’s Messiah and the People of God. Eugene: Cascade, 2011.

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