SL501 Messianic Jewish Spiritually

Instructor: Rabbi Joshua Brumbach
Location: Populi (https://mjti.populiweb.com)
Dates: January 3 – March 7
Time: Sundays 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Eastern

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The spiritual life of Messianic Judaism shares uniquely in the values and practices of Jewish tradition whilealso drawing from Christian tradition. This course provides a framework for understanding Messianic Jewish spirituality in terms of its sources in the two traditions, treating major issues and trends in Jewish piety including chassidut, mussar, Talmud Torah and liturgical prayer, and relevant sources in Christian piety including prayer, devotional writings, and charisma.

RELATIONSHIP TO THE CURRICULUM
This class is required for all MJTI degree students.

RELEVANCE
Messianic Jewish spirituality seeks to promote a vital, vibrant and mature relationship with God and humankind among those bound by the irrevocable covenant with Israel. It is rooted in Scripture, informed by Jewish tradition, dependent upon Yeshua’s creative, redemptive, and intercessory work, and responsive to the Divine Presence. This course will introduce avenues for making Messianic Jewish spirituality a lived reality. We will delve into the central tenets of Jewish faith, piety and spirituality, exploring various means of nurturing this
life in individuals and congregations.

PREREQUISITE
None

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
This is an online course. The student must have a computer and Internet access. Please contact Joyce Klayman, our IT assistant, for technical help at jbklay@gmail.com.

COURSE FORMAT
Online webinar and asynchronous online discussion.

REQUIREMENTS
Full participation in video conferences, online discussion threads, and a final paper (3,000 words). Each week I may also assign each student the responsibility of presenting some of the day’s assigned reading to the class.

REQUIRED TEXTS

  • Dresner, Samuel H. I Asked for Wonder: A Spiritual Anthology of Abraham Joshua Heschel. New York: Crossroad, 2018 (any edition acceptable).
  • Levertoff, Paul Philip. Love and the Messianic Age. Marshfield, MO: Vine of David, 2009. Available from the First Fruits of Zion website at www.ffoz.com.
  • Lichtenstein, Isaac. The Everlasting Jew. Marshfield, MO: Vine of David, 2013. Available from the First Fruits of Zion website at www.ffoz.com.
  • Rudolph, David and Joel Willits. Introduction to Messianic Judaism: Its Ecclesial Context and Biblical Foundation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013.
  • A Traditional Siddur (Recommended Options: Sim Shalom (Conservative), Koren Sacks, or Artscroll).

ARTICLES (will be provided)

  • Brumbach, Joshua. “The Role of Torah and Jewish Tradition in the Messianic Jewish Community.”
  • Kinbar, Carl. “Learning as a Spiritual Practice”
  • Kinzer, Mark S. “Prayer in Israel, Prayer in Yeshua.”
  • _______. “Pots, Pans & Seraphim: Messianic Jewish Prayer in its Heavenly Context.”
  • Sacks, Jonathan. “A Judaism Engaged with the World.”
  • MJRC Standards of Observance – available online via PDF packet: http://ourrabbis.org/main/documents/MJRC_Standards_Aug2014.pdf

RECOMMENDED READING

  • Dosick, Wayne. Dancing with God. New York: HarperCollins, 1997.
  • Goldstein, Niles Elliot. Gonzo Judaism. Boston: Trumpeter, 2006.
  • HaLevy, Baruch and Ellen Frankel. Revolution of Jewish Spirit. Woodstock: Jewish Lights, 2012.
  • Heschel, Abraham Joshua. The Sabbath. Boston: Shambhala Books, 2003.
  • Kaunfer, Elie. Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us about Building Vibrant Jewish Communities. Woodstock: Jewish Lights, 2010.
  • Milgram, Goldie. Living the Jewish Lifecycle: How to Create Meaningful Jewish Rites of Passage at Every Stage of Life. Woodstock: Jewish Lights, 2009.
  • Rothschild, Fritz A. Between God and Man. New York: Free Press, 1959.
  • Winkler, Gershon. The Way of the Boundary Crosser. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
  • Wolfson, Ron. Relational Judaism. Woodstock: Jewish Lights, 2013.

ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS AND DEADLINES
Classes will be held once a week on Sunday mornings at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EST. We will meet via Zoom for a live two (2) hour interactive webinar.

Discussion question(s) may also be posted each week on Populi. Participation in these asynchronous online discussion threads will be crucial to learning in the course and to your course grade. In order to sustain a meaningful asynchronous discussion, students must log on to Populi and respond to each reflection question(s) and at least once in response to posts of other students.

There will also be a final paper not to exceed 3,000 words. The assignment will be sent to the class on Friday, February 26th and must be returned to the instructor no later than Sunday, March 7, 2021 by 11:59pm on Populi.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at rebyosh@bethemunah.org.

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