SL502 – Jewish Practices in a Messianic Context

Instructor:  Rabbi Joshua Brumbach
Location: Orbund (
Dates:  March 21 –May 30
Sundays, 12:00pm-2:00pm EDT

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 life cycle and calendar events will also be examined.

This class is required for all MJTI degree students.

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.

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

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

Online video conference with someasynchronous online discussion (on Populi)

Full participation in video conferences, online discussion threads, and a final paper. Students will also occasionally be assigned readings to summarize and present to the class.


  • 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, 2018(any edition acceptable).
  • Greenberg, Blu. How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household. New York: Fireside, 1983.
  • Kasdan, Barney. God’s Appointed Times. Clarksville: Lederer, 1993.
  • Kasdan, Barney. God’s Appointed Customs. Clarksville: Lederer, 1996.


  • Brumbach, Joshua. “The Role of Torah and Jewish Tradition.”
  • Hillel, Vered. “A Messianic Jewish View of Divorce.”
  • Kinzer, Mark S. “Israel’s Eschatological Renewal in Water and Spirit.”
  • MJRC Standards of Observance -available online via PDF packet -
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